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Wildebeest Calves and Flamingos Safari

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Duration

8 days 7 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

The Best Wildebeest Calving Safari

Slow down: it’s wildebeest calving safari season! Marvel at the wildebeest calving season in the endless expanses of southern Serengeti, stand awe-struck at the sight of immense flocks of pelicans and flamingos at Lake Manyara and get inspired by the amazing conservation and sustainability projects that Chem Chem has undertaken to make our planet a better place for the wildlife, the people, and the land. Changes in pace and landscape throughout this itinerary ensure that it offers relaxation and stimulation in equal measure – the perfect safari experience.

When Should I Book for the Calving Season?

Planning the best wildebeest calving safari requires making the arrangements in advance so you can be at the right location, at the right time for this amazing phenomenon. The appropriate months for Serengeti’s calving season are January, February, and March – is it during this time frame between the short rains of December and before the long rains of April where enough food (green pastures) and plenty of water is available for the new calves to be born and grow. If you have specific dates in mind, particularly for February when the calving season is in full swing, then we highly recommend to start booking a year in advance so we can ensure you have the availability for the dates you request. If you are not specific about dates within the January to March calving period, then we advise to start booking at least six to eight months ahead – the sooner the better for February! Since the calving season usually peaks during the month of February, it is natural for most travelers to be in the Serengeti during that prime time for wildlife viewing, therefore most intimate mobile camps that follow the migration get sold out quickly. To get a sense of our amazing tailor-made African safari experiences from all over Tanzania, please watch our short video.

Where Should I Stay and For How Long?

The best camps for the calving season lie in the Ndutu area, south of the Serengeti. The majority of the properties in this region are semi-permanent intimate tented camps set up each year strategically in the path of the migration, allowing you to leave the camp in the early morning ready for thrilling game drives returning whenever you are satisfied with your daily exploration in the vast green rolling plains of the Southern Serengeti. All eco-friendly safari camps that we book for our guests are spacious walk-in tented suites with large comfortable beds with verandahs and en-suite private bathrooms (hot water showers and flush eco-toilets). By staying in a mobile camp in the Ndutu, you will have a front-row seat to the wildebeest calving season and potentially witness the birthing right from the doorstep of your camp! We recommend you spend at least four nights in this region so that you can maximize your wildlife viewing!

While this is one of the best itineraries for anyone planning to catch a glimpse of the birthing season in Southern Serengeti and Tarangire over the months of December to March, for those with a little more time, we can customize and extend our Wildebeest Migration Calving Season safari to combine visits to the Ndutu region of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with sometime in the Central Serengeti and your choice of either Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • It’s worth noting that, depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost. Our rates are per person sharing unless stated otherwise. Single supplements may apply. Accommodation are subject to availability. A detailed interactive digital itinerary is available for this tour upon request.

Itinerary

DAY 1: LEGENDARY LODGE (ONE NIGHT)

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be warmly welcomed by a Wito Africa private vehicle and driver, who will transfer you to Legendary Lodge for a pre-safari briefing and overnight stay. Dinner will be served upon arrival, and your butler will then show you to your room for the night.

DAY 2 & 3: CHEM CHEM LODGE (TWO NIGHTS)

After a delicious breakfast, your Wito Africa private field guide and vehicle will transfer you to Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive and exploration. Tarangire is known for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobabs. During your game drives, you will marvel at your first sightings of what is probably one of Africa’s largest population of elephants, along with Cape buffalos, impalas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest who— in addition to some big cats and an abundance of mammal species—call the park their home. Lunch will be a classic safari picnic inside the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. In the afternoon, check in to your beautiful and intimate camp, get settled and enjoy sundowners and a magical African sunset by the campfire. Mouthwatering, locally sourced, slow-cooked meals will be served at your camp’s unique dining setting.

The next day, your guide will greet you and take you for another exciting morning game drive in this unique, wildlife-filled corridor of Tarangire/Lake Manyara. Return to the camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out again in the afternoon for further exploration.

DAY 4, 5, 6 & 7: MWIBA LODGE (FOUR NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will transfer you to the Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Southern Serengeti. You will be greeted at Mwiba airstrip by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a gentle game drive on your way to your beautiful luxury lodge. Every year, from January through March, the vast green plains of the Southern Serengeti are filled with over a million wildebeest that come to calve in a synchronized birthing. This natural phenomenon makes your game viewing experience in the Ndutu area very rewarding. Along with thousands upon thousands of migratory herds, the incredible southern part of the Serengeti also provides natural habitats for many resident wildlife and African big cats, including lions, cheetahs and leopards, to mention just a few. Depart from your luxury lodge with a picnic lunch to explore further afield. Enjoy unlimited daily game drives in the Serengeti for the next four days and nights, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.

OPTIONAL – Why not take an unforgettable flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!

DAY 8: KILIMANJARO & BEYOND (DAY ROOM AT LEGENDARY LODGE)

You will say goodbye to the Serengeti with hearts and minds full of incredible memories, and board your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. Since your flight home will probably not depart until later in the evening, we have arranged a day room for you at the unparalleled Legendary Lodge. Here, you can wash up, rest and relax by the pool, take a tour of the coffee estate, and visit the remarkable workshop and gift store, Shanga. Shanga is an inspiring local initiative that strives to support the lives of Tanzanians with disabilities. We love connecting our clients to Shanga and encourage them to support their fair trade, handmade goods (made from recycled materials) as a way for us to highlight their amazing work.

In the evening, your driver will greet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your scheduled flight home.

Included/Excluded

  • Professional private English-speaking safari guide;
  • Exclusive use of safari Landcruiser 4×4 (open-sided or enclosed with pop-up roof for game viewing);
  • Accommodation as detailed;
  • Domestic flight (SERENGETI – KILIMANJARO);
  • All national park entrance fees for sightseeing, concession and camping fees;
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals during safari;
  • All local brand drinks (house wine, beer & spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, juices);
  • Donations and payments to local community projects;
  • All government taxes and fees;
  • Emergency evacuation insurance;
  • International flights;
  • Travel and personal accident insurance;
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines;
  • Gratuities for airport transfer drivers, safari guide, hotel and camp staff;
  • Expenditure on personal bar bills for premium brand drinks (those not included), souvenirs, etc.;
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary;

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FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range?
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.

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