On the nine day Calving Safari you will visit the Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro conservation area, and Serengeti National Park. One on the most spectacular experiences of the Serengeti takes place with the migration and calving season. Travel through breath-taking landscapes and exclusive off-road drives in Ndutu. The calving groups in migration will put you in the midst of thousands of wildebeests and zebras. With over 8,000 wildebeests being born every day, guest may even witness baby wildebeests taking off running just minutes after being born.
- Travelers visiting from January to march,
- Focus on migration wildlife and activity in southern Serengeti and Ndutu
- More exclusive safari experiences with off-road game drive in Ndutu
Karibu Tanzania, upon arrival to Kilimanjaro Airport our meet and greet guy will welcome you to east Africa. Upon exiting the airport, a Malaki Safari Representative will be holding a poster with your name who will transfer you to Arusha (45-60 minutes).
Day 1-2: Tarangire
In the morning you will be collected in Arusha and travel overland to Tarangire National Park (2 hours). During your drive you will experience woodland dotted with monumental ancient baobabs alongside the road and hopefully see the magnificent herds of African Elephants found in northern Tanzania. The Tarangire River provides water all year round, marking Tarangire National Park a refuge during dry season for migratory ungulates resulting in sheer density of wildlife at it peak.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, guests and their guide will drive to the park via the north gate of Lake Manyara National Park. A lush green ecosystem composed of the grassy floodplain, rocky ridge, and acacia forest, Manyara guarantees a diverse birdlife with over 500 species of birds. Some birds in particular include extraordinary flocks of greater and lesser flamingoes, storks, herons, and pelicans inhabiting the lake area.
Stopping on-route at the small village of Mto wa Mbu, a culturally vibrant town known for the market visit after game viewing and hot local lunch guests will continue onward to stroll through farm or kitela farm gardens and coffee plantations
Enjoy the view of surrounding cool highland of kitela or farmhouse.
Day 3: Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area
Wake up early and be one of the first vehicles descending into one of the natural wonders of the world. Ngoro Ngoro is the world largest intact volcanic caldera with a farmed reputation for African garden of Eden, the 2000 feet high wall surrounding 16km. The wide crater is a vast natural dome that contains everything essential for wildlife to exist and survive. Tanzania population of the critically endangered black or browser rhino can easily be spotted as well as accompanied by encounters with the big five,(lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo). By mid-afternoon it will be time to travel to your next destination – the Ndutu Plains.
Day 4-7: Ndutu Plains southern Serengeti
The Ndutu Plains are tucked between NCAA and Serengeti which allows off-road game drives, perfect for viewing wildebeest migration. The Great Wildebeest 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 has expectedly had a dense concentration of migratory herds from as its hosts the high anticipated calving season, with the gathering of the Great Migration along with thousands of baby calves born every day. Predators such as lions, leopard, cheetah, 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 and spotted at dust or dawn.
Day 7-8: Central Serengeti
Start your morning with a game drive and then proceed to central Serengeti. The famous Serengeti’s endless plains is 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, and lizards to large predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Kopjes provide an excellent vantage point to survey the surrounding area for food source or predators. Keep an eye out for a hyrax, small herbivores mammal exclusive to the Kopjes and surprisingly the closest relative to the elephant, various smaller carnivores residents in Serengeti include the common genet, the African civet the honey badger and at least five mongoose species.
Day 9: Home
On your last morning in the Serengeti, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps head out early for a short early morning game drive before traveling to the Seronera Airstrip, to catch your scheduled flight back to Arusha. Upon pick-up make an optional stop at a local shop with an abundance of wood carvings, artifacts, painting, and crafts. Afterwards, rest at a day room and enjoy a firewall lunch in Arusha before leaving for your departure to Kilimanjaro airport.