8-Day Wildebeest Migration Tour in Southern Serengeti
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This 8-day wildlife immersion is just sufficient to witness the great wildebeest calving migration safari. This tour has been designed specifically to focus on following the migration trail during calving from December to April. The areas to be covered are Lake Ndutu area, as well as the Southern and Central areas of Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest are usually found. A visit to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is part of this safari as well.
You will be picked up by a Cubs Expeditions driver guide from the airport. He will answer all your other queries regarding your upcoming safari and provide you with a short briefing as well. Afterwards, you will be taken to your accommodation at Mt Meru Hotel.
After your breakfast at Mount Meru, we will pick you up and proceed to Tarangire National Park.
It is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania located in the Manyara region. This place is characterized by large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the ‘Tree of Life’ for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for the Tarangire River which flows all year round and is the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight stay in your lodge.
After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Manyara National Park, a scenic lake that made Ernest Hemingway exclaim “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. This offers a compact-game viewing circuit and is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park and at the backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley.
Over 400 species of birds can be found in Manyara including thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight stay in your lodge.
After breakfast, we will set off for the Ndutu area situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is part of the Southern Serengeti ecosystem. Lake Ndutu like most other Rift lakes, alkaline, however, the water is still drinkable and consumed by a wide array of local wildlife.
We will spend the afternoon with a game drive in the Ndutu area. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephants, birds and resident game. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight stay in your lodge.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day game drive in the Ndutu area exploring a great range of various habitats such as swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world-famous Serengeti short grass plains. You will witness herds of wildebeest and zebras, especially during a short time frame from around February and lasting for about 3 weeks where the majority of the wildebeest calve.
The sea of grass provides little cover, and the young make easy prey for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days, they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.
In the afternoon, we will set off for Serengeti National Park. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight in your lodge.
After breakfast, we will proceed for a full day of game drives in the wilderness tracking the great migration trails. Our experienced driver/tour guide will provide you with interesting facts about this highly renowned event which makes Tanzania the top safari destination in Africa.
Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to around 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle joining the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Listen to the exotic sounds of over 6 million hooves pounding the open plains of Serengeti just like how you imagined African wildlife to be. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight stay in your lodge.
We will have an early breakfast and afterwards, drive to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here, we will descend down to 600 meters into the crater to view an array of wildlife.
With its year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants among others.
What makes this attraction especially famous is the dense population of predators such as lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which requires a trained eye to be spotted. We will also visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwest corner and one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen in this lake. After the game drive, have dinner and your overnight stay in your lodge.
After breakfast, we will drive to Mto wa Mbu for a morning cultural tour and walking safari. We will have a sumptuous local lunch as we take in the stunning views hovering over us. An optional mountain biking activity can be arranged at an added cost.
In the afternoon, we will head back to Arusha or to the airport.