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Experience the first steps of one of nature’s most grueling and fascinating journeys as you witness the Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti. A new year brings new beginnings and this Tanzanian Calving Season Package perfectly sums up this saying. This adventure not only offers the chance to witness the arrival of the new members of the massive wildebeest herds that are part of the Great Migration but also to see the opportunist predators waiting to prey on it – a definite must for those who love seeing dramatic scenes unfold! Seven days of wildlife wonders and unimaginable adventures, as we set out from Arusha and concentrate our safari first on magical Ndutu and then Serengeti – the jewel of Tanzania – before enjoying a completely different, though equally amazing, setting at Ngorongoro. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at JRO – Arusha

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guide, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Arusha – the undisputed ‘safari capital’ of East Africa-is perched at 1400 meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania’s greatest delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting-point for safari-lovers, within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.The city even has its own natural attraction, Arusha National Park, close by. Named after the Wa-arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to
Tanzania!Depending on your arrival time, you may have your pre-safari briefing today of  Tanzania Safari ; if not, it will take place early tomorrow morning before depart for safari.

Day 2: Arusha – Serengeti National Park

Today, your adventure begins after breakfast at your hotel. We’re driving north and west, introducing you to the wonders of the Tanzanian landscapes as we head for Ndutu in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti. Our drive today is around 280km, five hours of changing scenery before we arrive at our destination. Although Nature and its rainfall determine exactly where the migrating animals will be in winter, Ndutu is a reliable base at this time of the year, allowing us to maximize our opportunities for tracking the animals.During the journey to Ndutu, you will begin to appreciate the sheer scale of Tanzania’s territory. The raw beauty of the landscapes will reveal itself. Your driver-guide will help you to spot any animals and birds on the way and answer any questions about what you see. Serengeti is of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an incredible mix of grasslands, savannah, woods and mountain scenery, a haven for the wildlife which congregates in this fantastic natural setting. On arrival, we make the most of our time with an afternoon game drive in the Ndutu area. After today’s journey and game-drive, your driver will take you safely to your accommodation for your overnight stay.Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Serengeti Heritage Tented Lodge Serengeti for dinner and overnight

Day 3: Gamedrive Ndutu Area

Having had a taster the previous afternoon, today you have the whole day ahead of you in the Ndutu area after breakfast, spotting all varieties of wildlife ‘on the move’ with your expert driver-guide. Each day is different here, but we focus of course on the Great Migration, that unique natural wonder which involves a cast of breathtaking numbers, literally hundreds of thousands of animals as they make their annual journey across the plains.Zebra and wildebeest are the most numerous of the migrating animals here, grazing on the short-grass plains of the Southern Serengeti and the northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area. But your driver-guide will also be on the lookout for other wildlife, too, using his expertise and ‘eagle-eyes’ to try to find elephant, lions, buffalo, leopard and cheetah – just some of the many, many species you will encounter in this stunning place.At the end of the afternoon, it’s back to your accommodation for a cool drink, some relaxation, a delicious dinner and the chance to discuss what you’ve seen during the day’s safari… as well as to check your priceless photos.Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Serengeti Heritage Tented Lodge kogatende North Serengeti Ndutu for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Central Serengeti National Park

Today our journey continues as we head from the edge of the Serengeti into its very heart…but not before we seize a final opportunity for a morning game drive around Ndutu, where we are sure to see something new. But now Serengeti beckons, and so we continue to head north and west into what is surely the world’s greatest park.At times this unsurpassable place is home to over 1.6 million herbivores and the thousands of predators who stalk them. Their fascinating habits and habitats are sure to provoke questions, so do ask your driver-guide to explain the amazing creatures you see all around you. At night, back at your accommodation, the sights, sounds and smells of Africa will continue to enchant you on this wilderness adventure. 


Day 5: Central Serengeti National Park

Waking up in the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park. After breakfast, we start today Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti with the morning section of our game drive in Serengeti National Park, marvelling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide.After our picnic lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much needed rest.

Note: For those who have booked the Balloon Safari , you will be picked up from the camp at 05.00 hours for a 06.00 hours departure. If you wish to book balloon safari, please let us know in advance, The price is $545 per person. After your 60 – 90 minute (depending on wind condition) aerial adventure, experience bush breakfast and champagne, thereafter your driver guide will pick you up for your full-day game drive.

Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Serengeti Heritage Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: A Day in the Life of a Maasai Village in Ngorongoro Highlands

You may want to sit down with the Maasai women and learn how to create the intricate beadwork they have become well-known for. The tedious technique—and the ease with which they string the beads together—is a testament to this tradition’s importance. Or, join the Maasai men as they tend to their livestock, and perhaps help them move their cattle to and from the grazing field.We will also have the opportunity to try on the vibrantly-colored, traditional Maasai dress, and join in on a dance celebration. You will hear chanting, rhythmic drumming, and shared laughter—there’s nothing quite like dancing to break the ice across cultures. As you partake, notice how the Maasai women bob their necks, causing their beaded jewelry to do a dance of their own. And, watch as the Maasai men show off their famous jumping.Then, we will participate in an intimate Q&A session with the village elders. This is a great opportunity to truly get to know the tribes people, asking questions about family dynamics, tribal medicine and healing techniques, their thoughts about technology, and more. Ngorongoro Rhino Lodgesituated only a few hundred meters from the crater’s rim, offers a perfect base to explore the Ngorongoro Crater and its surroundings.


Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

It is up at daybreak to take on the steep path after breakfast leading down into the 600 m deep crater with packed picnic lunch. The slopes are forested but soon the landscape changes to savannah with the occasional acacia tree here and there. The wildlife in the crater is just breath-taking and with a little luck you might see the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. You should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area.The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.Animals in Ngorongoro were just trapped after descending down to the crater and could not come out again and this made them multiply within the crater. Currently all the African big 5 can be seen in Ngorongoro crater like the black Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, Buffalo and Leopards.


Day 8: Farewell to Africa

Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you will continue to Rift Valley Photographic Lodge for dinner. After dinner you will depart for night game drive in lake Manyara national park to look for animals that are hardly seen in day light like porcupine, aardvark, genets, bush babies and others. This is also a unique opportunity for you to experience the Wild Africa at night as you listen to the different animal sounds.On this last day of your safari you drive back to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you departure flight.

Price  for Calving Season Ndutu Serengeti includes:

– Pick up and drop off in Arusha.
– Two nights Hotel before and after Safari (4 star).
– Park entrance fee at Ngorongoro.
– Full board accommodation on safari.
– Service of an English speaking driver guide, allowances to the guide.
– Transport based on a 4WD Vehicle with pop up roof for comfortable game viewing.
– Driver’s Salary and park fees for vehicle and driver.
– Game drives as per the Itinerary.
– Mileage is built in the price.
– Complementary bottle of water daily.
– Government taxes

Price for calving Season Ndutu Serengeti  does not include

– Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
– International flight, Visa and Travel Insurance.
– Departure tax.
– Tips to drivers (highly recommended).