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March 25, 2020

Wildebeest Calving and Photo Safari Experience

Written By Anglebert Pantaleo

Duration: 10 Days, 9 nights

Destinations: Arusha, Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Serengeti

Accommodation Standard:  Luxury

Transportation: 6-Seater 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers

Day 1: – Arrival Day.

Leave home for your trip to Tanzania. Arrive in the early evening on KLM into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will meet by Africa Nature Photography & Safaris team and transfer to a Hotel in Arusha City for overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Ngarasero Mountain lodge or similar

 

 

 

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Highland

After breakfast at the lodge, you will meet your Naturalist guide for a short briefing thereafter drives south of Arusha to Lake manyara National Park. You have an option to visit the culturally-diverse village of Mto wa Mbu set on the banks of the river of the same name, for an in-depth look at tribal life in the African bush; more than 100 different Tanzanian tribes make their homes before check in into Lake Manyara National Park. Picnic Lunch is served at Msasa Picnic site, which has got fabulous view of the Lake. Followed by afternoon game viewing in the park, searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park. There are some 350 species of birds in the park. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals like the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions. Late in the Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro highlands.

Meals and Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar

 

Day 3: Exploring Ngorongoro Crater

You will have a very early start and we will Collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. Another big draw card to this picturesque Caldera, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, and if Lucky enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Seval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic site at the crater floor, Followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater.

Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar

 

Day 4, 5 &6: Exploring South Serengeti and Ndutu Forest

Collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. Another big draw card to this picturesque Caldera, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if Lucky enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Seval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic site at the crater floor, Followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater searching for different wildlife interactions at the area, and late in the afternoon drive to Lake Masek Tented Camp. You will spend your next four nights exploring the southern Serengeti plains and the Ndutu forest, which is home to the enormous migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras during the wet season. The wildebeest migrations will mostly likely be spread across the green plains of Ngorongoro conservation area and the southern Serengeti from December to May and You can anticipate exploring lake masek, lake ndutu, the hidden valley, kusini valley and the kakesio plains during your game drives. In addition to the large migratory herds, predators will be abundant and easily seen. Cheetah densities will be at the highest as many have followed the migratory Thomson’s gazelles onto the southern and eastern plains. Lions should be easily visible, both resident prides and the nomads which have followed the wildebeest and zebras onto the plains.

Meals and overnight at Lake Masek Tented Lodge or similar

 

Day 7,8 & 9: Exploring Eastern Serengeti Plain & Kopjes

Depart Lake Masek Tented Camp after early breakfast and drive to the Central east plain of Serengeti via the Gol Kopjes. This area linking the Southern plain of Serengeti and Central Serengeti is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a vision of vast open plains and amazing wildlife. This is gazelle country and where there are gazelles there are always cheetahs. Continue game viewing through the gol kopjes searching for different wildlife interactions at the area and late in the afternoon drive to Sametu Tented Camp, where you will spend your next three nights. You have an options of breaking the days into two by doing Early morning and late afternoon game viewing, drive through the central serengeti in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities, whereby, You will depart the Lodge at first light with a picnic breakfast for a big day in searching for different animal interactions at the Central Eastern part of the Serengeti Plains. Areas that will be visited are the Gol Kopjes, maasai and sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes. The Central eastern Serengeti and seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist. Due to this unique ecological features, Central Serengeti supports a much greater diversity wildlife including Elephants, Giraffes’, Impala, waterbuck, hippo, topi, reedbuck, buffalo, baboon and vervet monkey, while the attendant predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are to be found amongst the many kopjes scattered across the plain.

Dinner and overnight at Sametu Tented Camp or similar

Day 10 – Bush Flight

Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Seronera Airstrip with game viewing en route. Domestic Flight from Serengeti to Arusha. Stop at cultural heritage for lunch and an optional shopping; thereafter drive to Ngarasero Mountain lodge for a Day use room, followed by an early dinner at before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.

The price for the above itinerary is $ 5708 per person sharing

INCLUSIONS:

  • All Airport, Hotel and Ground Transfers.
  • Exclusive Use & Transport in our 4×4 Extended Toyota Land Cruiser.
  • All Accommodations & Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • All National Park Fees, Concession fee & Reserve Entrance Fees
  • All Fuel Costs
  • Unlimited Game Drive & Mileage
  • Unlimited Beverages such as drinking bottled-water, soft drinks, domestic beer, tea & Coffee provided in the mini-refrigerator installed in safari vehicle
  • Safari Wildlife & Birding Books provided in the vehicle
  • Full-time Support from our ground operation team in Tanzania
  • Professional, Certified, Fluent-English Speaking Naturalist Guide with 8 to 15 years of experience
  • Internal Airfare / Bush flight from Serengeti to Arusha
  • Flying Doctors Membership Card for Emergence Evacuation

 EXCLUSIONS:

  • International Airfare to Kilimanjaro
  • Laundry & Beverages at select tented camps
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Gratuities & Items of Personal Nature
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Anglebert Pantaleo

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