6-Day Great Migration Ndutu December -April

6 Days

    Overview

    On this 6-day safari, the great migrating herds of wildebeests and zebras are situated at Lake Ndutu which is found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a part of Serengeti eco-system and our main target is from Dec to April. From January, it is the best time to witness the calving as they spread out across the short-grass plains and predators are just around waiting for their opportunities to make a hunt.

    You will experience both Tarangire, South Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.

    Activities & Transportation

    • Safari types: Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
    • You will visit: Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
    • Wildlife: Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon
    • Activities: Game Drive, Hot Air Balloon, Optional Activities, Village Visit, Birding, Cultural Experience, UNESCO Site
    • transfer from and back to the airport is included

      Itinerary

      On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by Let's view Tanzania representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. overnight will be at the Ilboru Safari Lodge a Calm lodge located in the suburbs of the city with a natural set up with beautiful garden awaiting for your safari the following day.

      Accommodation : >Hotel / Lodge

      Meal Plan: >Bed & Breakfast

      In the morning, you will be picked from your lodgings in Arusha by our personal safari guide. We will set out for Tarangire National Park on a good tarmac road across gently rolling Maasai plains with scattered acacia trees. As we zip along we'll pass many Maasais in their colorful dress walking on the roadside, riding bicycles, herding cattle and driving donkey’s carts. Tarangire National Park, well known for its large elephant herds, is also host to a multitude of other creatures. From the open roof of our state of the art safari jeep, we'll experience the seasonal swamps, savanna and life-giving Tarangire River. Endeavor to encounter a multitude of creatures, from zebra to wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe, to name a few. It is possible to glimpse lions stalking prey or leopards watching, relaxing on the trees above.
      After our extensive game drive experiencing the varied sights and sounds of the wilderness, we'll drive to your accommodation for dinner and your overnight.

      Main Destination: Tarangire National Park

      Accommodation : > Eileen's Trees Inn
      Mid-range lodge located in or near Karatu

      Meals & Drinks: >All meals included
      > Drinks not included

      After breakfast, we will head to the Lake Ndutu region, situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a sublime landscape of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. The drive takes approximately 3 hours, taking us across the beautiful landscape of the Rift Valley Lake Ndutu. It is alkaline like most of the other Rift Valley lakes and is frequently inhabited by a wide array of wildlife. With appetites sated, undertake a game drive in the Ndutu region. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. After the late afternoon game drive, you will drive to your accommodation for dinner and your overnight.

      Main Destination: Ndutu (Southern Serengeti)

      Accommodation: >Central Serengeti Luxury Camp
      Mid-range tented camp located inside Central Serengeti

      Meals & Drinks: > All meals included
      >Drinks not included

      Day 4 :

      South Serengeti (Ndutu)
      After our hearty breakfast, we will head out to enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu region. We endeavor to explore the range of different habitats found here that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes, and the world-famous Serengeti short grass plains. We will see the awesome sight of the great thronging herds of wildebeests and zebras. During a short time frame around January, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calves, dropping in the region of half a million young in this awesome act of synchronized birthing. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd.
      As our full day of adventure upon the ‘Endless Plain’ ends, we will depart to our accommodation for dinner and your overnight stay.

      Main Destination: Serengeti National Park

      Accommodation: >Central Serengeti Luxury Camp
      Mid-range tented camp located inside Central Serengeti

      Meals & Drinks: >All meals included
      >Drinks not included

      Day 5 :

      Ndutu to Ngorongoro Crater
      After breakfast, we'll head out for an en-route game drive through the Serengeti. We may, with lady luck on our side, spot all of the “Big Five across the ‘Endless Plain’ to the Ngorongoro Crater. This UNESCO World Heritage Site formed millions of years ago with the massive explosion of a volcano once higher than Kilimanjaro. It is 610m deep and covers roughly 304sq km. Due to its dense animal population of approximately 25 000 ungulates, the Crater offers the best game viewing. We will arrive at the Crater rim before lunch. With our overview of the spectacular landscape that spreads out before our eyes stored in our memories and memory cards, we descend the bumpy winding track that brings us onto the Crater floor. Very quickly, we will be able to see wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, elephant, perhaps if we're lucky, the black rhino through the grass.
      After lunch and a full afternoon inside the Crater, we'll head to our partner midrange lodge in Karatu for dinner and an overnight stay.

      Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater

      Accommodation: >Endoro Lodge
      Mid-range lodge located outside Ngorongoro Crater

      Meals & Drinks: >All meals included
      >Drinks not included

      After breakfast, we'll drive to our final destination on this epic safari—Lake Manyara National Park. This, a relatively small but diverse park, 120km west of Arusha. It is so named for the shallow salt lake that covers some seventy percent of the surface area, flooding and drying with the seasons. It is home to thousands of flamingo and in the extraordinary region of 500 other bird species. On our exploration of the park we will see monkey, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees.

      The park is known for its diverse landscapes; not only open grassy plains but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs. After lunch, we'll head back to Arusha where we will arrive late in the afternoon our adventure at its inevitable end. You'll have all the sights and sounds of wild East Africa tucked away in your mind for your adventure in life’s journey.

      Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park

      Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

      Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, you have the option to extend your hotel stay till 6:00 PM for an extra fee.

      Where is the Great Migration in December?

      The Serengeti
      The short rains begin around early November. A little after this, in late November and December, the herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu and include the north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

        Is December a good time to visit Serengeti?

        December is a good month to catch the herds on the move from the Central to Southern Serengeti. Depending on the rains, the calving season may also begin towards the end of the month

          What is the best time to see the Great Migration?

          July through November is traditionally considered the best time to view the Great Migration. Between July and August, the wildebeest move en masse into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, crossing the Mara River in staggering numbers

            When can you see the Great Migration in Tanzania?

            Mid-July through mid-September is the best time to see the great migration — and your chances of witnessing a river crossing are generally much higher. Come early October, the rainy season in Tanzania will commence, and the herds will embark on their return journey back to the Serengeti.

              Is December a good time for Masai Mara?

              Longer grass from the rain makes wildlife viewing a little more challenging this month, although December is a fantastic month for birdwatching in the Masai Mara as the migratory species can be spotted.

                Getting There

                • This tour starts and ends in Arusha /Moshi
                • Fly to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO – Check price) near Arusha. Or fly to/from Arusha Airport (ARK – Check price) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)
                • A transfer from and back to the airport is included
                • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

                Included

                • Park fees(For non-residents)
                • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
                • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
                • A professional driver/guide
                • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
                • All Taxes/VAT
                • Roundtrip airport transfer
                • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
                • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)

                Excluded

                • International flights(From/to home)
                • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
                • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
                • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
                • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
                • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

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                  6-Day Great Migration Ndutu December -April
                  From $1685
                  / Adult

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