The Calving Season

9 days

Day 1 Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha


Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will meet with your driver guide and transfer to Arusha. Check in at your choice of accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner followed by overnight.


Day 2 Lake Manyara National Park

After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected again by your driver guide and head through a changing landscape toward Lake Manyara National Park, known for it’s tree climbing lions. Enjoy your picnic lunch one a prime spot in the park and continue with afternoon game drives. Apart from lots of mammals Lake Manyara National Park is also a bird lovers paradise. Late afternoon you will make your way out of the park and transfer to your choice of accommodation.


Day 3 Maasai Experience


Meet with your local maasai guide who will introduce you to the village, the maasai people and his culture. During the maasai medicine walk you learn about the different root and plant extract still being used by the maasai on a daily basis and you will visit a traditional boma. Enjoy a hot bush lunch with stunning views and then transfer to the Karatu Highlands for relaxation and overnight.


Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater


Departure after breakfast for a full day of game drives of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Short stop at the viewpoint before descending onto the crater floor for game drives. There’s a vast number of large mammals residing in the park including the Black Rhino and large lion families. You enjoy a picnic lunch followed by game drives till late afternoon when you climb out of the crater and return to your accommodation.


Day 5 Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Ndutu


Today you will travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Ndutu Area where the annual wildebeest migration is expected to be at this time of the year. Game drives en route to your choice of accommodation.


Day 6 & 7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Ndutu


You have two full days to explore the Ndutu Area and see the many baby wildebeest during the calving season. You will use your accommodation as a temporary base to head out from and you have the choice to return for hot lunch or stay out in the bush for the day and enjoy picnic lunches.


Day 8 Serengeti National Park - Seronera Area


After breakfast you will transfer into the Serengeti and onto the Seronera Area and visit the Rock Kopjes where you have good chances of seeing some of the cat families or the little hyraxes hanging out on these rocks. Make your way to your choice of accommodation where you enjoy sundowner drinks at the fireplace followed by dinner and overnight.


Day 9 to Arusha or Zanzibar


Morning game drives en route to the Kogatende Airstrip where you connect with your domestic flight to Arusha or Zanzibar.



Summary and driving distances

Day 1. Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha (approximately 1 hour)

Day 2. Lake Manyara National Park (approximately 2 hours)

Day 3. Maasai culture - local lunch – Karatu Highlands (approximately 1 hour)

Day 4. Ngorongoro Crater (approximately 1 hour)

Day 5. Ndutu area calving season (approximately 4 hours)

Day 6. Ndutu area calving season

Day 7. Ndutu area calving season

Day 8. Serengeti National Park – Seronera (approximately 2 hours)

Day 9. Flight from Seronera to Arusha or Zanzibar

Silver Accommodations:

  • Ilboru Safari Lodge

  • Isoitok Camp Manyara

  • Bougainvillea Lodge

  • Ndutu Safari Lodge

  • Kenzan Tented Camp

Gold Accommodations:

  • Ngaresero Mountain Lodge

  • Isoitok Camp Manyara

  • Plantation Lodge

  • Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

  • Nyumbani Collection

Tanzanite Accommodations:

  • Arusha Coffee Lodge

  • Kilimamoja Lodge

  • Gibb's Farm

  • Lemala Ndutu Mobile Camp

  • Lemala Nanyukie

Inclusive:

  • Park fees, Conservation and Community Development fees

  • Lodge and tented camp accommodation as stipulated

  • All meals

  • Complimentary mineral water, coffee and tea in the safari vehicle

  • 4x4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)

  • Unlimited game drives

  • Domestic flight from Seronera (luggage 20 kg per person)

  • Emergency Evacuation Cover

  • All transfers and activities as mentioned above

Exclusive:

  • Tips suggested:

  • Driver guide $10+ per person sharing the vehicle per day

  • Accommodation tip boxes •

  • Drinks mineral water, coffee and tea in the safari

  • Visa and airport departure tax

  • International flights

  • COVID testing costs and additional transport if required

  • Items of personal nature and not mentioned in the above itinerary