HerdTracker's February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)


Safari: Tanzania

HerdTracker's February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

Approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day during the peak calving season from early January to late February. The calving season also introduces a host of predators looking to make a quick meal of the vulnerable calves. It's during this time when the southern Serengeti and western Ngorongoro Crater host the highest concentration of predators in Africa at a given time.

Lion, hyena and cheetah show up in large numbers to patrol the grasses, waiting for the perfect time to make a kill. But an easy kill isn’t always guaranteed. Female wildebeest instinctively know to head to the short grass plains so that they can see approaching predators. There they form a barricade around birthing mothers to protect them and the young when they are the most vulnerable, during birth - ensuring the majority of the young survive.

Nature is bound to take its course as survival of the fittest comes to the fore, watch as the wildlife action unfolds before your eyes.

Estimated cost per person for a 9-day safari like this, depending on the season. Can be customised based on your budget and requirements.
International flights not included.





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Arrival in Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Legendary Lodge, which will be your home for one night with all your meals included.

The lodge offers luxury accommodation set in a lush garden with a unique blend of colonial heritage, surrounded by a working coffee farm. These garden cottages offer views of the imposing Mount Meru and are only minutes away from the city of Arusha. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby national parks and coffee tours.

Meals: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Transport: Included


2 to 3

The perfect start - Tarangire National park

You'll drive to Tarangire National Park, where you'll reside for the next two days of your safari. Nestled in a remote pocket of Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala Camp is situated under a canopy of large acacia trees at the edge of a wetland, overlooking the rolling savannah beyond.

Swala offers you private game viewing, wilderness luxury and a truly wild slice of Africa. In fact, elephants are almost always present in and around the lodge. Swala seems to be a ‘hangout’ for a bachelor herd of males and females sometimes passing through to give birth nearby. Enjoy guided game drives and nature walks that will give you the opportunity to spot large herds of elephant, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, kudu and oryx, with predators in tow. 

Highlights include seeing Tarangire’s pythons make their way up the trees, as well as lion and the leopard which prefer to lounge in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Meals: All meals and local drinks

Transport: Included


4 to 5

Once-in-a-lifetime experience

Day 4:

This morning you are transferred to Entamanu Ngorongoro from Sanctuary Swala Camp. A packed picnic lunch is included during your transfer. En-route to Entamanu Ngorongoro, you have a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. You will be spending the next two nights at Entamanu Ngorongoro on a full board basis.

Day 5:

Today you have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Your game drive includes a packed picnic lunch. 

Meals: All meals and local drinks

Transport: Included


6 to 8

The calving season, it is hard to imagine

Day  6:

Today you have a transfer from Entamanu Ngorongoro to the Manyara Airstrip. Your transfer includes a packed picnic lunch. Upon arrival at the Manyara Airstrip, you will catch a flight to the Serengeti South airstrip. Once you have landed in Serengeti South, you are welcomed and transferred to Roving Bushtops, where you will be spending the next three nights on a fully inclusive basis. En-route to Roving Bushtops, you have a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. 

Day 7 & 8: 

Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti National Park. 

Meals: All meals and local drinks

Transport: Included



End of adventure!

After checkout at Roving Bushtops, you are transferred to the Serengeti South Airstrip. A packed picnic lunch is included for your transfer. Once you have arrived at Serengeti South Airstrip, you catch a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport as your journey back home begins. 

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