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The Calving Safari

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All about the The Calving Safari.

For want of a better place in which to ‘start’ the migration, we’ll begin in January and February, when the wildebeest cows drop their young in a synchronized birthing that sees some 300,000 to 400,000 calves born within two to three weeks of one another, eight and a half months after the rut. The birthing occurs on the short-grass plains that, at the southernmost extent of the wildebeests’ range, spread over the lower northern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and are scattered around Olduvai Gorge. Here, at the ‘cradle of mankind’ many notable fossil finds have been discovered, including some that show that wildebeest have grazed the Serengeti almost unchanged for over a million years.

The annual period of birthing provides a feast for predators. Driving across the plains, one can count literally hundreds of hyenas and dozens of lions scattered about. It may seem that the wildebeest are doing the predators a favour by dropping their young all a the same time, but in fact a surfeit of wildebeest veal in a very short period results in the predators’ becoming satiated and unable to consume as much as they would if the calving happened over a longer time span. The predators thus have only a limited impact on the population of newborn calves; any calves born outside the peak are far more likely to perish.

To watch any birth is amazing but watching the wildebeest birthing verges on the incredible. A newborn wildebeest gains co-ordination faster than any other ungulates and is usually on its feet two to three minutes after birth. It can run with the herd at the age of five minutes and is able to outrun a lioness soon thereafter. Notwithstanding this, many do die within their first year, from predation (although research indicates only about one percent die this way), malnutrition, fatigue or disease. Many calves get separated from their mothers when the herds panic (which happens frequently) or cross rivers or lakes in their path. The calves then wander for days looking for mum, bleating and bawling incessantly. On rare occasions they may be lucky to find her, but no wildebeest cow will adopt a strange calf, even if she has lost her own and is lactating at the time. As it weakens, a lost calf becomes an easy victim for any watching predator, from jackal up to hyena and lion.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

 

  • Arrival meet and assist and all airport transfers.
  • Internal Charter Flight travel Ndutu – Kilimanjaro – Ndutu.
  • Accommodation on FB Basis on safari and half board in Arusha
  • Transportation in safari vehicles with pop up roof ideal for game viewing with a window seat for every person.
  • Services of an English speaking Safari Driver guide.
  • All the Activities as listed in the itinerary.
  • Most Drinks while on Safari.
  • All Park Entrance Fees.
  • All Conservation Fees.
  • All Camping Fees.
  • Complimentary mineral water and snack hamper in all our vehicles.
  • Comprehensive tour documents and Wildlife Checklist.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

 

  • Any requisite vaccinations (Yellow Fever, Adult Polio, et al).
  • Any items of personal nature such as drinks, tips, extra meals etc.
  • Personal Travel or Trip cancellation insurance.
  • International Airfare.
  • Visa Fees Please note that due to dusty conditions the Safari Vehicles which have open tops are not air conditioned. We do not have air conditioned vehicles.
  1. Day1 WELCOME TO THE KILIMANJARO AND TANZANIA

    Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport today and we will transfer you to the lovely Lake Duluti Serena Lodge in Arusha where accommodation is on HB basis and includes Dinner and Breakfast the next day. You will enjoy a relaxed day in Arusha where you will be able to charge your Cameras etc and ready yourself for the greatest spectacular in the wildlife world the Serengeti and the birthing or the Wildebeest. A relaxed evening at the Lodge.

    Accommodation: Lake Duluti Serena Lodge
    Facilities: All the rooms are styled to the era of old “English cottages”
    Driving Time: + 3 Hrs from Nairobi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Optional Activities: Balloon Safaris nearby, Nature Walks, Hikes

  2. Day2 THE BEAUTIFUL NDUTU PLAINS IN THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    This morning a hearty breakfast followed by departure transfer for the airport for your flight to Ndutu airstrip where you will be met and transferred you to our lovely camp. This fantastic camp has been specially set up for you. Here you will enjoy 5 nights of some of the most spectacular sighting of Wildebeest and many other Cats and plains game as they come to birth here. We will enjoy long game drives; witness many Wildebeest birthing and calving and a fantastic time here. Enjoy.
    Throughout the days we will visit many different parts of the Serengeti National Park as we get to know where the wildebeest are nesting and calving. Long game drives will be studded with Starry nights where you will return and retreat to your luxury private tented camp. Enjoy.

  3. Day3 SERENGETI SHALL NOT DIE

    Time for Fantastic game drives daily as you wish. Fully unlimited. A Maximum of 4 people in a Landcruiser. We will plan the next day every day in the evening and we will enjoy some hot lunches, some picnic etc. There will be optimum amount of time spent enjoying wildlife watching and we will follow prides of lions and cheetahs as we enjoy this spectacular Safari.

    Camp Facilities
    Each Tent has a 250 KW Solar Panel with a 300 K Inverter that powers all the lighting in the tent including full charging facilities. Wi-Fi will be intermittent and will be provided by Wi-Fi Modems as and when possible. The Camp’s remote location may not allow full Wi-Fi.
    The food in camp will be predominantly Indian and International throughout with 3 course lunches and 4 course dinners served daily Buffet Style.
    The Camp will be on all inclusive basis with most drinks except Champagne and Premium Spirits included.

  4. Day4 SERENGETI SHALL NOT DIE

    Time for Fantastic game drives daily as you wish. Fully unlimited. A Maximum of 4 people in a Landcruiser. We will plan the next day every day in the evening and we will enjoy some hot lunches, some picnic etc. There will be optimum amount of time spent enjoying wildlife watching and we will follow prides of lions and cheetahs as we enjoy this spectacular Safari.

    Camp Facilities
    Each Tent has a 250 KW Solar Panel with a 300 K Inverter that powers all the lighting in the tent including full charging facilities. Wi-Fi will be intermittent and will be provided by Wi-Fi Modems as and when possible. The Camp’s remote location may not allow full Wi-Fi.
    The food in camp will be predominantly Indian and International throughout with 3 course lunches and 4 course dinners served daily Buffet Style.
    The Camp will be on all inclusive basis with most drinks except Champagne and Premium Spirits included.

  5. Day5 SERENGETI SHALL NOT DIE

    Time for Fantastic game drives daily as you wish. Fully unlimited. A Maximum of 4 people in a Landcruiser. We will plan the next day every day in the evening and we will enjoy some hot lunches, some picnic etc. There will be optimum amount of time spent enjoying wildlife watching and we will follow prides of lions and cheetahs as we enjoy this spectacular Safari.

    Camp Facilities
    Each Tent has a 250 KW Solar Panel with a 300 K Inverter that powers all the lighting in the tent including full charging facilities. Wi-Fi will be intermittent and will be provided by Wi-Fi Modems as and when possible. The Camp’s remote location may not allow full Wi-Fi.
    The food in camp will be predominantly Indian and International throughout with 3 course lunches and 4 course dinners served daily Buffet Style.
    The Camp will be on all inclusive basis with most drinks except Champagne and Premium Spirits included.

  6. Day6 SERENGETI SHALL NOT DIE

    Time for Fantastic game drives daily as you wish. Fully unlimited. A Maximum of 4 people in a Landcruiser. We will plan the next day every day in the evening and we will enjoy some hot lunches, some picnic etc. There will be optimum amount of time spent enjoying wildlife watching and we will follow prides of lions and cheetahs as we enjoy this spectacular Safari.

    Camp Facilities
    Each Tent has a 250 KW Solar Panel with a 300 K Inverter that powers all the lighting in the tent including full charging facilities. Wi-Fi will be intermittent and will be provided by Wi-Fi Modems as and when possible. The Camp’s remote location may not allow full Wi-Fi.
    The food in camp will be predominantly Indian and International throughout with 3 course lunches and 4 course dinners served daily Buffet Style.
    The Camp will be on all inclusive basis with most drinks except Champagne and Premium Spirits included.

  7. Day7 HOMEBOUND

    This morning after breakfast we depart from the Camp and fly back to Arusha where you are met and transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport after lunch for your homebound flight.

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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Yes, flights can be opted thus saving one day at the start of the tour and the end; however certain flight timings do not coincide with the train timings; and thus the flight itinerary might make you compromise on the typical itinerary.
Contact our travel consultants to figure out the best possible options.

The accommodations are always on double sharing basis unless otherwise opted for. Single sharing basis attracts an additional nominal fee, while triple sharing allows you to be eligible for a small discount.

Safari vehicles as well as internal transit vehicles (such as SUVs) are usually shared between 6 people, unless indicated otherwise. Specific Photography Mentoring Tours have 4-in-a-vehicle. Exclusive jeeps can be reserved by an group of people after paying a surcharge.(group size less than 6)

Open jeep safaris & even nature trails conducted by us follow the highest safety standards, and we take all necessary precautions involved. We respect the wild animals and their comfort, and keep adequate distance while photographing them. However its worthy of noting, that being cautious goes a logn way in preventing any mishaps.

Apart from the stays in Forest Rest Houses; food menu is usually tailor made according to the group. Veg food is available at all locations, and Jain food can be arranged for if informed at the time of booking.

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