Ten Day Calving Season and Zanzibar Special

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Short Overview

This action-packed itinerary takes you to the very heart of the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season before whisking you away to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar to wrap up an unforgettable African adventure.

You’ll spy adorable Wildebeest calves on the Serengeti, spot the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, explore the historic streets of Stone Town, and wrap it all up with some well-earned R&R on Zanzibar’s world-class beaches!

Details of Ten Day Calving Season & Zanzibar Special

About Calving Season (December to March)

Life begins for a huge number of animals in the Ndutu region that straddles the southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. In the space of a few short weeks, the calving season sees half a million young wildebeest brought into the world – with an average of 8,000 wildebeest born each day. 

It is here that the vast herd begins to take shape, and it is here that the predators begin their yearlong assault upon the herd. With so many young and weak calves stumbling around, it becomes easy for the lions, leopards, and cheetahs to pick off a tasty morsel.

Day 1
ARRIVAL in ARUSHA

Upon arrival in Tanzania, you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to our signature lodge in Arusha. You’ll have the evening to relax and enjoy Africa’s unique ambiance.

Accommodation: Olerai Lodge (Half Board)

Day 2
ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA

You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we’ll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise.

After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac-breasted roller.

You’ll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Accommodation: Country Lodge (Full Board)

Day 3
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (NDUTU REGION)

We’ll take an early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

It’s a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:

• Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.

• Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.

You’ll then make your way into the Ndutu region of the park, where tens of thousands of young Wildebeest take their first steps on the long road towards the distant Maasai Mara.

You’ll have time for an afternoon game drive through the region before checking into your accommodation.

Accommodation: Angata Ndutu Tented Camp (Full Board)

Day 4
NDUTU REGION

You’ll be up before dawn so that we can enjoy a sunrise game drive along the shores of Lake Ndutu. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals graze on the lush grass.

You’ll then head to the nearby Gol Plains, where you’ll have the chance to spot carnivores such as cheetahs and lions in action while it is still cool enough for them to hunt.

From here, it’s on to Lake Masek, a freshwater lake that is home to water birds and hippopotamuses. Surrounding the lake is enough undergrowth to attract elephants, giraffes, and antelopes, making it a fantastic place to snap pictures of these beautiful creatures against a unique backdrop.

You’ll then venture out onto the Serengeti proper for a game drive. Here you’ll have the chance to spot graceful giraffes and leaping antelopes, foraging hyenas, lean cheetahs, shy leopards, and the regal lions that have become symbolic of Africa.

Accommodation: Angata Ndutu Tented Camp (Full Board)

Day 5
NDUTU REGION - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.

Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.

You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.

Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

Accommodation: Angata Ngorongoro Tented Camp (Full Board)

Day 6
NGORONGORO CRATER - ARUSHA - STONE TOWN

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park’s famous hippo pool. Thereafter, you will drive back to Arusha for your scheduled flight to Stone Town.

Upon arrival, a Mkama Tours to Tanzania driver will whisk you away to your Stone Town accommodation.

Accommodation: Maru Maru Hotel (B&B)

Day 7
STONE TOWN

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up by your guide for a day of cultural exploration.

Your day starts with a guided tour of Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys, bustling market bazaars, and historic sites. You’ll learn about the city’s history as a spice port, its dark period as a major slave port, and the many times control of the island has changed hands.

After your exploration is complete, you’ll head to a local spice plantation for your chance to taste, smell, see, and even cook with the herbs, spices, and tropical fruits that first put Zanzibar on the map. It’s a terrific way to engage with the local culture and have a delicious meal at the same time!

You’ll return to your accommodation in the evening.

Accommodation: Maru Maru Hotel (B&B)

Day 8
STONE TOWN - ZANZIBAR COAST

You’ll be picked up after breakfast and whisked away to your beachfront accommodation.

You’ll have today to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s famous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Upon request, Mkama Tours to Tanzania can assist in arranging additional guided tours and day trips.

Accommodation: Nur Beach Hotel (B&B)

Day 9
ZANZIBAR COAST

You’ll have today to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s famous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Upon request, Mkama Tours to Tanzania can assist in arranging additional guided tours and day trips.

Accommodation: Nur Beach Hotel (B&B)

Day 10
ZANZIBAR COAST - STONE TOWN

You’ll be picked up after breakfast and taken to Zanzibar Airport for your onward travel.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
  • Private safari guide
  • Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
  • Park fees
  • Crater fees
  • All meals whist on safari
  • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
  • Tanzanian Visa
  • All things of personal nature
  • Tips for guides and cooks
  • Alcohol
  • Items not specified in terms and conditions
  • Extended tours not specified in the main package

Kindly take note of the following:

Rates are quoted based on two guests sharing and single supplement rates apply on single room occupancy

The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this itinerary

On occasion the itinerary may be in a different order or using alternative lodges according to road conditions and availability.

Other Safari Important Notes

  1. ELECTRICITY
    All lodges and camps will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times.

The power supply in Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.

  1. INTERNAL FLIGHTS/BAGGAGE
    Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. extra luggage can be left in storage in Arusha (by arrangement prior to travel
  2. YELLOW FEVER
    It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
  3. ACCOMMODATION
    Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used.
  4. COMBO TRIP
    Please note that this tour combines with other Mkama Tours to Tanzania. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Mkama Tours to Tanzania, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Mkama Tours to Tanzania, after your trip concludes.

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