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5 Days Serengeti – Ngorongoro & Tarangire

5 Days Serengeti – Ngorongoro & Tarangire

How to get to Tanzania?

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is situated 50km/31mi east of Arusha, the gateway of Tanzania’s popular Northern safari circuit. The drive from the airport to Arusha takes about 1½ hours*.

Tanzania’s main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), located 13km/8mi southwest of Dar es Salaam. This is the entry point for visitors to the southern parks.

From Arusha or Dar es Salaam, you can fly or drive between reserves. Some domestic flights out of Arusha will leave from Kilimanjaro International Airport, while others leave from the much smaller Arusha Airport (ARK) located 8km/5mi west of town. However you choose to travel, in most cases, your local tour operator will pick you up from the airport and arrange all further transportation as part of your safari package.

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3 Days Ndutu Migration Safari FAQ

OVERVIEW

This four day safari will take you to the Lake Ndutu the area in Ngorongoro Conservancy and the southern part of Serengeti National Park. You will see the big herds all together as they always come south for calving season. You will also visit Ngorongoro Crater with its unique ecosystem that inhabits more than 25,000 resident animals to see a thousand animals. For big Five animals Ngorongoro will never disappoint.

DAY 1: WELCOME – ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. You will have some leisure and overnight in your hotel waiting for the safari on the following day.

Accommodation

Mount Meru Game Lodge

Meal Plan

Bed & Breakfast
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DAY 2: DRIVE TO NDUTU

In this day you will drive to Ndutu area in Ngorongoro conservation area and it’s the part of southern Serengeti Eco-system. Lake Ndutu is an alkaline lake, like most of the rift lakes but is water is drinkable and it is used by a wide range of local wildlife. You will have the great opportunities to experience the majority of wildebeest migration on the short grass plains. Later you will go for evening leisure and overnight in your accommodation.

Accommodation

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Meal Plan

 Full Board
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DAY 3: ENJOY THE GREAT GAME DRIVE IN THIS CALVING AREA

Enjoy the full day game drive in Ndutu area. This lake ranges to the different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world-famous Serengeti grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebras. Along with the river crossings, this is a real highlight of the wildebeest’s journey and a fabulous time to see the herds congregate on the dramatic sweeping plains of the south. You will see the big herds all together as they always come south for calving season.

Later you will go for evening leisure dinner and overnight in your accommodation.

Accommodation

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Meal Plan

 Full Board
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DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast you will descend into the famous Ngorongoro crater to view some of the rarely seen wildlife including black rhino. It’s sense population of predators which include lion, hyena, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. Large flamingos, water birds and hippos we be seen in Lake Magadi, an alkaline lake in the south western corner of the crater.

Later you will ascend from the crater and head back to Arusha for your departure.

Meal Plan

Breakfast & Lunch

RATES PER PERSON

2 pax3 Pax4-6 Pax
U$D 1,466 per personU$D 1,372 per personU$D 1,191 per person
Introduction

This 5 Day Calving Season Great wildebeest Migration Safari package has been designed specifically to focus on increasing your chance to see the great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration in Ndutu Area(calving Season). We have designed the itinerary to include both the Ndutu Area where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from January to March. This itinerary has been designed that you Drive in / Drive back to Arusha town.

Calving usually takes place between January – February to March of each year. In January the herds begin making their way to the south of the Serengeti after the rains start falling. The question of how the herds know when it is raining or not is something many people have questioned and the answer is that we actually do not know! Many people say that they can smell the rain, others believe they can sense when the pressure in the air changes. The only thing we know for sure is that where it rains, the herds follow. Within a two to three-week time period, over half a million wildebeest are born with as many as 8 000 wildebeest being born on the same day!

The Great Serengeti in Southern Serenget:

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 March 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 1: lake Manyara or Visit Mto wa Mbu Village

Departure from Kilimanjaro Airport or from Arusha town for Karatu, Ngorongoro region.

If your flight lands before 9 a.m. you can choose between the following activities:

1) Game drives in the lake Manyara National Park

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.

(2) Visit Mto wa Mbu Village. It is a big agricultural village at the bottom of the Rift Valley Escarppment, an interesting place to get an insight of contemporary life in rural Tanzania.

Here one can find people belonging to the different ethno-linguistic families which compose the complex ethnographic puzzle of Tanzania.

If your flight lands between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. it will still be possible to reach Karatu, yet with no activity en route. If your flight lands later in the afternoon or in the evening it will be necessary to add a night in Arusha before your safari.

Accomodation:

Lodge 1 –  Marera Valley Lodge

Lodge 2 –  Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu

Lodge 3 –  The Manor at Ngorongoro

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

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 metres (7,700 feet) and offers breath-taking views. The outer slopes are covered with dense primary forest.

In the evening you will reach the Serengeti.

Accomodation:

Lodge 1 – Serengeti Pure Camp

Lodge 2 – Nyikani Camp Central Serengeti

Lodge 3 – Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Days 3 and 4: Serengeti National Park

Game drives in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s most famous park and one of the most famous in the world.

The Serengeti ecosystem 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, the Great Serengeti Migration which between December and March congregates in the south-central region of this vast eco-system.

 

Accomodation:

Lodge 1 – Ndutu Pure Camp (2 nights)

Lodge 2 – Nyikani Migration Camp Ndutu Camp (2 nights)

Lodge 3 – Lemala Ndutu Camp (2 nights)

 
 
 

Day 5: Serengeti – Karatu

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

 

Accomodation:

Lodge 1 –  Marera Valley Lodge

Lodge 2 –  Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu

Lodge 3 –  The Manor at Ngorongoro

Day 6: Karatu – Arusha

We follow the sneaky road that 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, soft drinks and beer during game drives
  • VAT (value added tax) 18%

Excluded:

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

Overview

  • Explore the best wildlife reserves in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit in just six days.
  • Lose yourself in the mysterious baobab woodlands of Tarangire National Park.
  •  Visit the Serengeti during calving season to see newborn wildebeest take their very first steps.
  • Search for Africa’s Big Five across the wide savanna of Ngorongoro Crater.

Have you ever wondered how Tanzania earned its sterling reputation as a world-class safari destination?Let Chalema Tanzania Safaris introduce you to the best safari route in all of East Africa: Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. We’ll visit Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater over the course of six exciting days. This itinerary is best experienced between the months of December and March, when the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra can be found on the southern plains of the Serengeti. This is the time of year when newborn wildebeest can be spotted around every corner: a must-see spectacle for wildlife aficionados. Chalema Tanzania Safaris will be your guide to this exhilarating experience—and we’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Int. Airport – Arusha City

You will be met at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport by your personal safari specialist and driver who will brief you on the journey ahead. Equipped with a wealth of knowledge, our experts will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with all the information necessary for an unforgettable safari experience. After checking into your chosen Arusha hotel, relax and unwind before enjoying dinner at the hotel or in one of our recommended local restaurants in Arusha town.

Overnight at your chosen in Arusha (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 2: Southern Serengeti National Park (Ndutu)

After breakfast you will depart for the South Serengeti ecosystem belonging jointly to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. One of the most scenic drives in Tanzania, you can see Maasai warriors grazing cattle and, depending on the time of year you may witness what makes up the largest mass migration of animals on earth. Huge herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra moving clockwise to find better grazing areas. Although nature and its rainfall determine exactly where the migrating animal 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 our journey to Ndutu, you can enjoy the sheer scale of Tanzania’s territory. From December to March, the herds are grazing in the southern, east-central plains of the park and also the Ndutu area of Ngorongoro. End of January and February is the season that they are giving birth to their calves.

After lunch, you will begin your afternoon game drive where you can expect to see large numbers of elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many exotic bird species. Your drive will end at your chosen camp or lodge where you will relax and rest overnight.

Overnight at your chosen camp/lodge in the Southern Serengeti (Full Board)

Day 3: Southern Serengeti (Ndutu Area)

The endless plains of the Serengeti…

Today’s tour departs around 6am in search of nocturnal predators returning from their night’s hunting or animals waking up in the early dawn. Breakfast boxes will be prepared and you will take a brief stop for a bush breakfast to enjoy the sun rise. Next, your drive will continue to look for prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards, all in abundance in the Serengeti.

Later in the afternoon, when the sun is less intense, you have the option to go on an early evening game drive or a nature walk around the camp with the resident tribesmen, who will be happy to share their knowledge of the regions’ plants and animals with you.  

If you wish to maximise your time in the park, lunch can also be taken as a picnic – a long day but an experience you won’t forget.

You will stop at one of the parks’ beautiful picnic areas for a relaxed lunch and refreshments before continuing on your afternoon game drive, returning to your camp/lodge by mid-afternoon to avoid the intense heat of the sun. Watching the thousands of wildebeest and zebra majestically floating along the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.

Overnight at your chosen camp/lodge in Ndutu (Full Board)

Day 4: Ndutu Area – Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast you will begin your journey to the stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area. By lunchtime, you will be descending into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formed when a volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself 2-3 million years ago.  You will enjoy your first game drive around the crater floor, stopping for a picnic lunch at one of the many scenic lunch spots. With its 2,000-foot-high walls, very few animals migrate in and out of the crater making it an area with its one of the highest concentrations of wild animals in the world.

You’ll be searching for lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and many rare birds you might even get to see the “Big Five” all in one day!

At around 6pm you will depart for your lodge perched on the edge of the crater rim. The rest of the evening can be spent relaxing and enjoying the spectacular views over this prehistoric landscape.

Overnight at your chosen lodge in the Ngorongoro Crater or on the rim or in Karatu (Full Board)

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Karatu – Kilimanjaro Int. Airport/Arusha Airport

A 6am wake-up call is recommended to catch the amazing sunrise over the crater.

Enjoy breakfast with views over the stunning crater before, departing for Arusha airport, where you will take a flight to your next destination, or transfer to Kilimanjaro airport if required.

What is Ndutu Migration Safari For? Witnessing the great biggins of Wildebeest and Zebra ecosystem in Tanzania and Kenya. Ndutu plain is where the Wildebeest from December then calving starts from January to the middle of February.

The geography of this wildebeest migration safari in Ndutu starts from Tarangire National Park, explore the central part of the great Serengeti before hiding in the Ndutu Plain, descending to Ngorongoro Crater. 

Our of the wildebeest migration, Ndutu Migration safari will accomplish your safari dream of seeing the big five animals

We offer camping safari, this type of safari in which you will be close to nature while you are in your tent listening to the roaring lions when feeding on their prey while the hyenas laughing at the leftovers, our cook, and safari guide is ready to provide you an unforgettable experience.

Meals will be prepared by a private cook who will also be responsible for pitching your tents, so this is a stress-free safari where you don’t need to think about what to eat, where to sleep, and so on, everything will be taken care of. All camping gears like; sleeping bags, tents, mattresses, pillowcases, bed sheets will be provided.

Camping safaris in Tanzania are more popular in Northern Tanzania than in the Southern. The Northern Tanzania safari circuit includes Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks as well as Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks. On the Southern circuit, we have Nyerere National Park, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, and Udzungwa Mountain National park.

Kiwoito Africa Safaris is your first choice tour operator when it comes to camping safaris in Tanzania with an assurance of safety, quality services at affordable prices.

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