13DAY ACCESSIBLE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION CALVING SEASON AND ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAYS

Trip Overview:

This 13-day wheelchair accessible Wildebeest Migration River crossing safari and Zanzibar Islands, have been careful designed specifically to include the Lake Ndutu area, southern Serengeti and central Serengeti National Park where the majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found from Late November through to April to focus on and to increase your chance to see the spectacular great Serengeti wildebeest migration Calving season inside Serengeti National park, then after enjoy the rest of the program relaxing to unspoiled white sands beaches of Zanzibar islands,

Recommended Time: NOVEMBER to APRIL:

Explore with us the wildebeest embark on a long-distance migration that coincide with the annual rain fall patterns and grass growth. Following the short rainy season in November, the herds of wildebeest arrive to the short-grass plains of the Serengeti around November. The short-grass plains are located in the area east and south of the Seronera, around Ndutu and the northern Ngorongoro Conservation area. Herds of wildebeest and zebra can be seen across these plains as they feed on the nutrient rich grasses. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.

Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania:

You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Namanga Border and transferred to the delightful accommodation of your choice.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel OR Mount Meru Game Lodge

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Green Mountain Lodge OR Ilboru Safari Lodge

Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater Full Day:

After breakfast at your hotel, you will pack with lunch boxes on your 4×4 safari jeep and drive to Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment. Ngorongoro crater is the only area you can encounter African Big5 in one place.

There is a lot of interesting attractions to see in Ngorongoro Crater like Lake Magadi: Shallow, azure blue, fiercely alkaline from sodium carbonate, is fringed by hundreds of long-legged pink flamingos, Lerai Fever Tree Forest: Consists of tall, slim yellow barked acacias forming an airy, lace-canopied wonderland of glades, is much frequented by elephant, rhino, eland, bushbuck, hyrax, and hundreds of birds, Gol Mountains The primeval Gol Mountains provide a surreal wilderness environment of stark, pink cliffs, enclosing the Angata Kiti pass, a bottleneck for the annual Great Migration. After a full day game drive inside Ngorongoro Crater we will descend outside the crater and drive back to the hotel.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge OR Ngorongoro Serena Hotel

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Day 2: Ngorongoro – Ndutu

After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes; however, the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife. We will do extensive game drive in the Ndutu area. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Camp

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Ndutu Safari lodge

Day 3: Ndutu Area Full Day

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu area. Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world-famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time, frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd. Lunch, Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Camp

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Ndutu Safari lodge

Day 4: Ndutu – Central Serengeti Plains

After breakfast we head towards the central Serengeti National Park, also known as the Seronera. We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation requested.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge OR Kubukubu Tented Lodge.

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp OR Kati-kati Tented Camp.

  • Budget Camping: Serengeti Private Budget Campsite.

Day 5: Central Serengeti Plains

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 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. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge OR Kubukubu Tented Lodge.

  • Mid-budget Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp OR Kati-kati Tented Camp.

Day 6: Serengeti Plains – Zanzibar

If time allows, you will head out on a last game drive in the early morning. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your guide will take you to the nearby airstrip. Here you will say goodbye and board a small aircraft which will take you to Zanzibar Islands.

On arrival you will meet by the driver and transferred to your hotel Arrival is in the late evening, spend the rest of the veining at leisure, waiting for your prepared dinner.

Overnight: Zanzibar Bay Resort

Meals included: Full Board (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Chartered Flight: Coastal Aviation

Day 7- 12: Days of Leisure and Relax

At leisure to relax at your resort set on the gorgeous white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Spend the day on the beach or by the swimming pool and be sure to try the iced hibiscus tea found here, as well as some of the many spices.

Activities vary depending on the size of your resort but usually include water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. You can sail in a traditional Arab dhow or enjoy a full day catamaran excursion around the island, with snorkeling opportunities. The best diving is centred around Mnemba Island in the northeast and Nungwi in the north. Deep sea fishing is also based out of Nungwi, where there is a privately-owned turtle aquarium.

A variety of day excursions are also on offer including a walking tour of historic Stone Town, spice island tours, snorkeling at Prison Island where you can see giant tortoises, cultural tours to Uzi Island, Swahili cookery lessons and wildlife visits to Jozani Forest in the south. Here you can see rare indigenous red colobus monkeys and baobab trees, and walk along a mangrove boardwalk to enjoy the flora and birdlife. There is also a Butterfly Centre and Snake Park outside the gate.

Day 13: Flight to Dar es Salaam international Airport:

After breakfast you will drive and drop-off at Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es salaam International airport where you will board International flight for departure.