The Great Migration Safari - Calving Season, November to March
Our 8-Day Serengeti the Great Migration safari has been designed with the aim of witnessing the Great Migration during the calving season. At the beginning of the short rainy season end of October, the herds of wildebeest start arriving at the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around early November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera-the heart of the Serengeti, around Ndutu area and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can easily be seen roaming around the plains as they feed on the green pastures. It has been recorded that more than 250,000 calves of wildebeest are born during the first two weeks of February. They normally stay in the area till early April and later start heading west towards the Grumet River and Musabi plains in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. Kindly note that this is a natural phenomenon in rare cases the Great Migration be affected by rainfall, availability of water and food in the area, predators, and nutrition contents in the grasses.
7 Nights 8 Days22 Feb, 23 Feb, 24 Feb, and moreKilimanjaro Airport, JRO Tanzania
What we'll give. What we won't
What is included in the tour
Guaranteed window seat.
Tanzania National Park fees.
A Local Top-notch safari guide.
All meals from start to completion.
Accommodation as specified or similar.
Vegetarian meals can be served upon request.
100% guaranteed departure. We've never canceled a trip.
Scheduled domestic flight from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance; this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
Private 4-wheel drive custom safari vehicle with cool beverages and snacks, a pair of binoculars, animal and bird guidebooks, and bean bags for stabilizing long lenses.
What is NOT included in the tour
Items of a personal nature.
Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges.
Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations.
Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars, and cigarettes.
Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees.
Tips for your Tour Guide/ Driver (minimum US Dollar 25 per day)
Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified in the itinerary.
Visa (Available at the airport for $ 100 or less; costs vary significantly from country to country).
We don't want you to miss these!
See wild animals including the Big Five.
Highlights of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Witness the Great Migration in the plains of the Serengeti and Ndutu.
Arrival into Arusha City – Tanzania
A Shrike Safaris representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Kiboko Lodge, your lodge in Arusha for an overnight stay.
Arusha | Ndutu Plains through the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Ngorongoro Highland
After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, we will drive to the endless short grass plains the Lake Ndutu area, part of the Ngorongoro-Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline in nature, just like most of the other Rift Valley lakes, although its water is drinkable and support life used by a wide array of local wildlife.
We will arrive in time for lunch at the camp. After lunch take a nap or relax at the lodge before going for the afternoon game viewing in the Ndutu area. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from late December to early April. The area is not only heavily populated with the Great Migration but also a large number of predators and other animals can easily be seen elephant, birds and resident game.
After early breakfast, go for game viewing around Ndutu plains area (you may opt to pack your lunch and spend the rest of the day on game viewing). Explore the wide range of habitats from swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the endless grass plains of the Serengeti "The Sea Of Grass". See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, usually lasting for about 2-3 weeks, more than 250,000 of female wildebeest do give birth. The green grass provides little shelter and the newborns are easy killed and eaten by a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run a few minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are always strong enough to keep up with the herd.
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The majority of the wildebeest migration normally passes through the Seronera in late November to middle November, when they migrate from Kenya’s Masai Mara in the north to the Ndutu area in the south. The migration then passes through this area again in April when they move west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Seronera area is also an ideal starting to point to visit the eastern and southern short-grass plains of the Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast, depart from Ndutu plains and drive towards the Seronera area, the heart of the Serengeti National Park. We sail into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti – with its green endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Serengeti, featuring the Seronera River, which is a source of the water to this area and hence acts a bloodstream to wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Highland - Gibb's Farm
Right after a sumptuous breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area through the Maasai Steppe as well as the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and then proceed into the Green Forest of Ngorongoro Highlands. We will be staying at an Eco-lodge, Gibb's Farm and enjoy our hot organic meals (where nearly every ingredient comes fresh from the estate's organic farm) feel free to participate in a leisurely short walk and muscles stretch through the gardens of Gibb's Farm.
There will be no drive so spend the evening hours at leisure, relax and explore the lodge’s facilities.
We depart from the lodge after breakfast and descend down over 600 meters into the Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing wildlife until late afternoon.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a home of a vast variety of wild creatures, including herds of wildebeest and elephants, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo etc. The Crater supports a dense population of predators like lions, jackals, packs of hyenas, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. We will drive along a Soda Lake (Lake Magadi) - a shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner providing good shelter for a large number of flamingos. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You will have a chance of searching out the rarely-seen black rhino.
At midday, we will drive to Ngoitoktok picnic site where we will stop for lunch while enjoying the panoramic viewing of the Crater. After having our packed lunch continue with more game viewing around Munge River until late afternoon when you will start ascending up the Crater.