Calving Season Ndutu

Calving Season Ndutu

There is something truly remarkable about the mass calving of wildebeest between late January and early March. Within a matter of weeks, most female wildebeest drop their calves in a synchronized birthing that sees the Serengeti’s southern plains filled with over 400 000 young. Estimates are that 8 000 wildebeest are born a day – that is 300 every hour!

While lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog certainly eat their fill of these gangly baby gnus, the synchronized calving is an effective survival mechanism for the species: there is simply too much food for the predators to consume.

    Safari Highlights

  • ● Location: North Tanzania
  • ● Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • ● Professional safari and tour guide / driver

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DAY 1

ARRIVAL DAY

You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by our representative. We will take you to the Gold Crest Hotel. This charming country home is situated in the foothills of Mt. Meru in a lush green surrounding. Our safari manager will come to meet you and to provide you with a safari briefing. A wonderful home-cooked dinner will be served on the spot – either in the dining room or the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens.

  • ● Accommodation: Lush Garden Hotel
  • ● Meals: Breakfast Lunch Box & Dinner

DAY 2

Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After leisurely breakfast you travel towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area home of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations and one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in its natural habitat. There are various options to spend the reminder of the day (at additional cost): • Visit of a Masai Village (extra cost of 40 USD per vehicle) • Ranger guided Nature Walk along the Crater Rim (30 USD per person)

  • ● Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • ● Soft drinks included during game drive
  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 3-5

Ndutu Plains, Southern Serengeti

The Ndutu plains is a seasonal location tucked between the NCAA and Serengeti which allows off-road game drives, perfect for migration viewing. The Great Migration is a perpetual movement of over 1.5 million of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other migratory wildlife in search of fresh food and water. From January to February, Ndutu is expected have a dense concentration of migratory herds from as it hosts the highly anticipated calving season. With the gathering of the Great Migration along with thousands of baby calves born every day, predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena will also follow in a desperate fight for survival. Be alert for the striped hyena, a rare carnivore which prefers the Ndutu area and often spotted at dusk or dawn.

  • ● Tented Camp
  • ● Soft drinks included during game drive
  • ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 6 - 8

Central Serengeti

Travel to Serengeti National Park, and begin your journey in the famous Serengeti endless plains, home of one of the largest wildlife population in the world. Your adventure around the Serengeti kopjes may reveal all sorts of wildlife ranging from insects, snakes, lizards to large predators such as lion, leopards and cheetahs. Kopjes provide excellent vantage points to survey the surrounding area for food source or predators. Keep an eye out for Hyrax, small herbivore mammal exclusive to the kopjes and surprisingly, the closest relative to the elephant. Various smaller carnivore residents in Serengeti include the common genet, the African civet, the honey badger and at least five mongoose species.

DAY 9

Departure
  • ● Main destination: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • ● Accommodation: N/N
  • ● Meals: {1B, 1L,}
  • ● Accommodation can be arranged at an extra cost

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