Tanzania Great Migration & Predator Safari - February 2018

Witness the natural spectacle of the wildebeest calving, where 400,000 calves are born, making it a field day for the predators

Dates

12th February - 19th February 2018

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Overview & Photographic Opportunity

This safari is purely based on the Great Wildebeest Migration calving and gives the guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and photograph this amazing natural spectacle. 

Guests will have to plan their international flights from their home country to Kilimanjaro International Airport (Arusha). They should plan to be in Arusha for the first night of our lodgings. 

The safari will begin in Arusha (12th February 2018), where upon arrival, the guests will spend 1 night at the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel. The following day (13th February 2018), they will catch an afternoon internal flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the Seronera Airstrip where for the next six days, (13th-18th February 2018), we will have exceptional opportunities and interactions to photograph the great herds of wildebeest, where in the fertile soils of the Southern Serengeti  the females drop some 400,000 calves, the same way they have been doing for thousands of years. The 6 days at Olakira Tented Camp will be entirely spent in the South (Ndutu Area) and will be dedicated to The Wildebeest Calving.

Over the course of the safari, guests will also encounter the famous big cats of the Serengeti that include lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopards. Big cat activity during this period is at an all time high. The big cats take advantage of the newborn baby wildebeest as they are extremely vulnerable during the first few hours after birth. Cats are extremely active and vigilant during this period and pounce on any opportunity to grab an easy meal. Other small and extremely rare cats can also be encountered during the safari, such as serval cats, caracal cats and the African wild cat. This also a great time to photograph the Big-5 (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhino and Buffalo).

Photographic opportunities during this particular period are excellent and with the help of Aatish or Aashit Patel, they will help better understand your camera equipment and assist you in attaining better quality wildlife photographs.

Guides

Aatish & Aashit will be your personal guides and photographic instructors throughout the entire duration of your safari. They will share their extensive knowledge of the wildlife, flora and fauna not only of the surrounding ares, but also the different parks and reserves of Kenya. To get the perfect photograph it is important to be able to study the animal and understand it's overall behaviour, so as to perfectly position the vehicle and most importantly not to harass the animal or destroy the environment in any way possible. Over the years, having spent numerous hours closely interacting with the wildlife, they will assure you the perfect position to guarantee you that picture perfect shot.

All guides are fully qualified and have met the requirements for their professional safari certificates, ensuring excellent standards in guiding. They have a vast knowledge in a variety of fields, which include, ornithology, botany, geography, entomology and of course a extensive knowledge of the different animals encountered whilst on safari.

Camps, Hotels and Lodges

Guests will have to plan their international to and from their home country to Kilimanjaro International Airport (Arusha). They should plan to be in Arusha for the first night of our lodgings. 

While in Arusha, guests will spend the night at The Lake Duluti Serena Hotel. Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. The hotel is located 60 kilometres from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

While on safari, the guests will spend their entire time at the luxurious Olakira Tented Camp. From December until March, a small shady forest east of the Ndutu area in the south is home. A small stream in front of camp frames the vista of iconic grasslands, dotted with hundreds of thousands wildebeest as they graze on the luscious green grass. In February, the plains throng with even more animals as wildebeest mothers give birth simultaneously, and hundreds of tiny wildebeest skitter and slide around the grasslands. Officially in the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area), game drives cover both the NCA itself and the southern Serengeti, allowing for frequent sightings of big cats, elephant, buffalo and the more elusive African wild dog.

Olakira's nine tents offer a modern take on the vintage charm of East Africa. Each has a king-sized bed (twin beds are available) complete with rich linens, an under-cover veranda with comfortable chaise lounge,and en-suite bathroom and dressing area with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.

The mess and dining tents echo the style and ambience of the rooms, with panoramic views of the sprawling Serengeti plains. Spend the afternoon relaxing in an armchair in the mess area or get comfortable under the shade of the surrounding trees and simply watch the game pass by. When darkness falls, dinner is served either under canvas or beneath a glittering canopy of stars in a small clearing close by, accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Vehicles

All vehicles used while on safari are entirely safari modified land rovers/land cruiser 4x4s that are custom built to deal with the harshest of terrains and also to ensure your comfort and safety. They are capable of carrying up to a maximum of 5-7 PAX, but we recommend only 3-4 PAX per vehicle to ensure the utmost satisfaction, easy wildlife observation and photography. All vehicles are also fully equipped with roof hatches to improve all round game viewing and offer you a 360-degree panoramic view of your surroundings.

Guests/Participants

This safari will be for a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. Each vehicle will comprise of 4 guests ensuring them maximum space for all their photographic gear and equipment and maximum comfort while on game drives.

Summary

The cost of the safari will be 9530 USD per person sharing, and includes:

  • Aatish & Aashit as your personal tour guides/operators
  • 1 night accommodation in Arusha on a Full Board Basis
  • 6 nights accommodation at Olakira Tented Camp on a Full Board Basis
  • All internal flights while on safari in Tanzania
  • Park & Conservation Fees
  • Flying Doctor (AMREF) cover
  • All Internal transportation and transfers while on safari
  • Daily game drives in custom built 4x4 Land Rovers/Land Cruisers