The Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari season typically occurs in the Serengeti ecosystem, primarily in the Southern Serengeti and parts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, from late January to early March. This period is characterized by the calving of wildebeests, which is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife events in East Africa. Our 3 Days Wildebeest Calving Safari In Ndutu Serengeti, you will witness the circle of life unfolds in the Serengeti as thousands of Wildebeest welcome new beginnings”
- The exact timing of the calving season can vary slightly from year to year depending on weather patterns, but it generally falls within the mentioned timeframe.
- The calving season follows the short rains, which typically occur from November to December. These rains lead to lush, green grass, attracting pregnant wildebeests to the region to give birth.
- Wildebeest Births: The primary attraction of the calving season is witnessing the wildebeests giving birth to their young. Tens of thousands of wildebeest calves are born during this time, making it an incredible spectacle.
- Predator Activity: The calving season also attracts a concentration of predators, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas. They take advantage of the vulnerable calves, resulting in thrilling predator-prey interactions.
- Photography Opportunities: The soft, diffused lighting during this season makes it an excellent time for wildlife photography. You can capture intimate moments of wildebeest mothers and their newborns, as well as dramatic predator hunts.
- Plentiful Birdlife: In addition to the wildebeests and predators, the calving season also sees an abundance of birdlife as they gather around the newborns and the opportunities for easy meals.
- Green and Lush Landscapes: The region is lush and green during the calving season, offering a stunning contrast to the dry season. The landscapes are picturesque and provide an excellent backdrop for wildlife photography.
- During a Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari, you can expect to go on game drives led by experienced guides who know the best areas for witnessing calving and predator activity.
- Hot air balloon safaris are also popular during this season, offering a unique perspective of the Serengeti and the migration.
- Cultural interactions with local Maasai communities can provide insight into their traditional way of life, adding a cultural dimension to your safari.
- The Southern Serengeti and Ndutu region offers a range of accommodations, from luxury lodges to mobile tented camps. Many of these accommodations are strategically positioned near the calving grounds for prime wildlife viewing as a sample of our itinerary Rhino Lodges and Ndutu Heritage Camps give you the best experience during this calving season.
- The calving season follows the short rains, so you can expect green landscapes and some rainfall. Temperatures are generally moderate, making it a pleasant time for safari.
Our 3-day Wildebeest Migration Calving Safari in Ndutu Serengeti offers a unique and captivating time to visit the Serengeti. It offers a front-row seat to the circle of life in the animal kingdom, with the dramatic interplay between wildebeests and predators creating unforgettable safari moments. It’s an experience that combines wildlife photography, adventure, and a deep connection with the natural world.
Day 1: Arusha to Serengeti Ndutu for the Great Migration
After breakfast, depart to Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high-lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Ndutu Area for wildlife sightings paying special attention to the great migration, we will see the awesome big herds of wildebeest and zebra. January to Early March is a great time to see 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. Enjoy lunch inside the park. In the afternoon, we will continue with the game drive activity before reaching the camp.
Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Heritage Camp
Day 2: Ndutu to Ngorongoro Highlands
Today wake up early and enjoy the great migration in the Ndutu Area then in the afternoon, depart to the Ngorongoro highlands for your overnight at the accommodation located on the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. This gives you a chance to descend inside the Crater the next day in the early morning and see many animals when they are still more active. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Town
After an early breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will go through the steep and narrow road that takes you into the crater. Here the wildlife is just breathtaking and with a little luck you can observe the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – in just a few hours. After a morning dedicated to game viewing and a picnic lunch, you will leave the crater in the late afternoon will leave the crater in the late afternoon to drive back to Arusha.
Options activities to add on
- Balloon ride in Tarangire/Serengeti
- Crater rim hike at Ngorongoro
- Endoro Fall walk
- Visit Masai boma
The Price Includes
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- All game drives as per itinerary
- All park entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transport in 1×6 Seater 4×4 vehicles
- Services of a qualified English-Speaking Driver Guide
- 3 Liters bottle of mineral water per person per day.
- Meals as per the itinerary
The Price does not Include
- All International Flights
- Visas Travel and Personal accident insurance
- Personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
- Optional activities and excursions
- Any services not mentioned in the program