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Are you fascinated by Wildebeests Migration World wonder? Well, February and March is the wildebeest calving season and you don’t want to miss the events. This itinerary highlights travel to Arusha through Tarangire, Ndutu, Ngorongoro and back to Arusha for depart. Through the safari, you will have the chance to enjoy the famous Ngorongoro and more importantly the rich wildlife and birds in the region.
Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania’s second largest city. We are Kenya Tanzania Safaris. Our tour operator has arranged what should, for you, be an unforgettable adventure into the great African wilderness. The Wildebeest Calving Season will be the centerpiece of this safari tour. Our guide will be waiting to receive you at the airport and will drive you to a comfortable lodge where you will be accommodated for the night.
This will mark the start of the safari. To ensure that you never miss a view, a photo opportunity, you shall be driven around in all-terrain, custom built tour vans. Our guides have received specialized training in how to view and handle wild animals safely. Feel free to tap into their extensive wildlife knowledge. You could not be in safer hands.
A central feature of any safari in Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is home to an assortment of both grazing and predator animals. Here you will encounter the wildebeest and its cousins in the common eland family. You will also expect to spot buffaloes, the fringe-eared Oryx and of course the lions, always lurking in the tall grasses and shrubs, forever on the lookout for the next meal.
We are still in the stunning environs of the Tarangire National Park. As if the animal viewing is not an adequate attraction, Tarangire is the most important destination for serious bird watchers. It is the Mecca of bird watching with over 500 hundred species. Nowhere else in the world will you find as a perfect natural habitat for birds. You will have the exclusive privilege of seeing the beautiful yellow-collared lovebird as well as the roufus tailed weaver and ashy starling, all native to the savannahs of Northern Tanzania.
The Great Wildebeest Migration is a central part of this safari, a tour of one of the most spectacular wildlife habitats in the world. The months of February and March are the wildebeest’s calving season. Incredibly, 80 per cent of all females calves in the same two to three week period. A member of the antelope family, the wildebeest cuts an imposing figure with a heavily built torso and rather slender hind legs. The open, wooded and grassy plains of the Serengeti are the perfect natural habitat for the wildebeest, itself a heavy grazer.
The migration itself starts after the calving season. This migratory cycle will see the wildebeest, normally accompanied by zebras and gazelles trek over the Serengeti and the neighbouring parks. The wildebeest migration, observed since time immemorial, follows the rainfall cycle of the Serengeti and the adjoining wildlife parks. The rains bring with them fresh green grazing for the wildebeest, hence they always seem to follow the rainfall cycle.
The wildebeest will cross several river systems on their migration cycle, among them, the Grumeti and Mara rivers. These rivers often expose the herds to crocodiles which are always lying in wait for the feast that will surely come. The most dramatic, however, is the Mara river crossing. This crossing is often a scene of great confusion and chaos as the herds frantically plunge in to cross the river, well aware of the mortal danger that lurks beneath the waters. It is often a real feast for the salivating crocodiles.
This area’s signature attraction is the world-renowned Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, the conservation area is the world’s foremost wildlife conservation area. It is acclaimed as the only place in the world where humans harmoniously co-habitat with the Big Five group of animals. Consisting of animals such as the elephant and the lion, the Big Five are traditionally believed to be the most difficult to hunt. These are the Maasai people’s traditional lands. They are the only people allowed to live in the conservation area.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area also boasts of the Olduvai George, an important pre-historic site of archaeological repute. Also found here is Tanzania’s third highest peak, the famed ‘Mountain of God’, the Oldonyo Lengal volcano. Bird watchers will also be in for a treat here as Lake Natron, which sits at the base of the volcano is the breeding habitat for the region’s flamingos.
Through the conservation area, you will enter the world famous Serengeti National Park. The Naabi Hill gate sits on the south of this expansive wildlife habitat. Covering an area around six thousand square kilometres the Serengeti is an exceptional wildlife habitat. During this time of the year, the area is teeming with herds of buffaloes, antelopes, zebras and other smaller game. Here you will also find some of the deadliest predators in the animal kingdom, from the crafty hyenas, the wily lions to the super-fast cheetahs which all call this area home. A scene of many animal documentaries, the Serengeti is a big favourite for wildlife filmmakers.
This will be the end of the safari. We are sure this safari, a tour of arguably the world’s greatest concentration of nature’s wildest animals, will be a memorable one for you. At this point, you will now be driven back to Arusha where you shall proceed to the next leg of what our able tour operator has put together for you.