Wildebeest Serengeti migration, Ndutu Tanzania

G – “NDUTU” – Migration SAFARI December-April

LAKE MANYARA – NGORONGORO – SERENGETI

 

6 days, 5 nights – private

 

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Wildebeest and zebras in the Serengeti eco-system are the actors of “the greatest show on Earth”, they are part of the largest migratory movement of wild animals anywhere in the world, about 2,000,000 ungulates constantly moving in search of pastures and water. Between December and April the herds gather on the short grass plains, which stretch from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to southern Serengeti. It is calving season, 80% of the newborns see the light between January and February and predators seem to know it well. Seeing the migration in the Serengeti is simply the best you can get from a Safari in Africa.

DAY 

PROGRAM

LODGES 1

LODGES 2

1

Departure from Arusha in the morning for Lake Manyara National Park. Game drives. Lake Manyara, below the Rift Valley escarpment, is home to various habitats despite its small area (330 sq km/205 sq miles), of which two hundred are occupied by the lake). They range from dense forests fed by springs that emerge at the foot of the Rift Valley to savannahs and wetlands. Among many animal species there are large colonies of baboons, vervet monkeys and other species of monkeys, elephants, giraffes and three hundred and eighty species of birds. From December to March, large flocks of lesser pink flamingos can be found here which then migrate towards Lake Natron from June to October. Predators include numerous leopards and lions; the latter, annoyed by soil moisture and insects, have acquired the habit (rather rare in these big cats and found only in a few other areas) of climbing on tree branches.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

2

Today is dedicated to game drives in the  Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is unique and unparalleled in the world. It is what remains of an ancient volcanic cone, whose peak collapsed about two and a half million years ago, creating the current caldera: a truncated cone containing a large “pan” with a diameter of 16/20 km (9/12 miles) with raised edges reaching about 600 metres (2000 feet) over the ground. This basin has developed into savannah inhabited by more than 25,000 big game and every species typical of the region, with the exception of the giraffe (which does not find food here) is represented in the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater rim reaches an altitude of 2,350 (7,700 feet) and offers breath-taking views. The outer slopes are covered with dense primary forest. In the evening you will reach the short grass plains at the border between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, which play a key role in the annual migration. Mbugani Camp Ndutu

Kiota Camp

3 and 4

Game drives in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania’s most famous protected area and one of the most famous in the world. The Serengeti is home to over 1.5 million wildebeests, 400,000 zebras, 500,000 Thompson gazelles, more than 2,700 lions, 1000 leopards, 500  cheetahs, huge herds of elephants, elands, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, ostriches, and genets. The rivers offer the perfect habitat for crocodiles and hippos; there are more than 400 species of birds. The 15,000 square kilometres (9320 sq miles) of the Serengeti National Park are only the major portion of a larger ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Plains (the flat region to the north east of the Ngorongoro Crater, which plays an important role in the famous migration and is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and the Maasai Mara (which is located further north, in Kenya). Here the orography, the soil composition and, consequently, the type of vegetation, allow unmatched animal sightings in Africa. The subsoil, made of volcanic rocks especially in the south, prevents the growth of tall trees and grasslands prevail, so the open environment fosters sightings. Wildebeests and zebras in the Serengeti, always in search of new pastures and water, are part of the largest migratory movement of wild animals anywhere in the world: it is the Great Serengeti Migration which between December and March congregates in the south-central region of this vast eco-system.

Mbugani Camp Ndutu

(2 nights)

Chaka Camp Ndutu

(2 nights)

5

After a morning game drive in southern Serengeti, departure for the Ngorongoro Crater, to reach Karatu in the evening.

Endoro Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu

6

We follow the sneaky road thst offers magnificent views over the Rift Valley and Lake Manyara to reach Arusha for lunch. Transfer to airport.

Included:

  • Safari circuit by customized 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof
  • Full board, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6 (some lunches will be packed)
  • Entry fees to National Parks and Protected Areas
  • All indicated activities
  • English-speaking Guide (we have a limited number of Guides who speak French, Spanish, Italian and German, they are subject to availability at the time of booking)
  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro Airport/Arusha Airport
  • Flying Doctors AMREF insurance (air evacuation in case of emergency)
  • Bottled mineral water during game drives

Excluded:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Entry visa (EU, UK citizens  = US$ 50, USA citizens = US$ 100, on arrival )
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras of personal nature
  • Whatever not specified

 

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