February is baby animal season in the Serengeti!
It’s perhaps the greatest spectacle of the Serengeti – the migration few know about. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes gather in the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area to give birth to around 500,000 babies during this short calving season. The lush grass after the rains provides plenty of food for all these animals. It’s also a time of plenty for the predators who need to feed their own babies, so you can expect to see plenty of lion, cheetah and maybe even leopard cubs too. Travelling to the Serengeti during baby animal season guarantees exceptional game viewing. Your very comfortable mobile camp moves several times during the year to follow the migration so you will be in the middle of all the action! The spacious walk-in tents have proper beds and en-suite bathrooms, and the wonderful camp staff provide a fully serviced experience.
Tarangire National Park
This park is a little known gem which is often missed by visitors on their way to the Crater. It has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti eco-system. Herds of up to 300 elephants gather here and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and eland can also be seen. And where there is so much wildlife you will also find the predators – lions, cheetah and leopard. The park is also a birders paradise, with over 550 bird species. Your delightful camp here is set in the shade of acacia trees close to the Tarangire River. You’ll explore the swamps and woodlands in custom-designed 4×4 safari vehicles which are superb for game viewing and photography.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjoins the Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Highlands present a different side of Tanzania among the coffee farms before a dramatic descent to the game rich Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site.
End your wonderful safari with a few relaxing days on exotic Zanzibar Island. Enjoy a guided walk through historic Stone Town before transferring to your lovely beachfront resort on the east coast.
Starts: Arusha, Tanzania Ends: Stone Town, Zanzibar
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Day 1: Independent arrival in Arusha where you will be met by your guide and transferred to a lovely country inn for your first night in Tanzania
Day 2: Transfer to Tarangire National Park where you will say 3 nights in a stunning tented camp in a grove of trees on the banks of the Tarangire River.
Days 3 & 4: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, famous for its large herds of elephants and prides of lion.
Day 5: Drive to Lake Manyara National Park where you’ll have a game drive before continuing to your luxury camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater with spectacular views into the Crater and the Serengeti.
Day 6: Game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to thousands of animals including rhino, and a visit to a traditional Maasai village.
Day 7: Visit Olduvai Gorge, known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on your way to your very comfortable mobile camp in the southern Serengeti.
Days 8 – 10: Explore the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area from your camp. In February around 8,000 baby wildebeest are born here every day, as well as zebra and antelope babies. This means there are also plenty of lions, cheetahs and leopards looking to feed their own cubs. During the calving season this area is home to the highest concentration of predators in Africa!
Day 11: Today you’ll fly from the Serengeti to Zanzibar Island where you’ll be met and escorted to your very central hotel in historic Stone Town. Wander around the waterfront to watch the sunset with your guide this evening.
Day 12: This morning you’ll learn about the history of Stone Town on a guided walk through the narrow streets before driving to your lovely beachfront hotel on the east coast of the island.
Days 12 – 14: Enjoy 3 relaxing days at this lovely resort. Water sports or a massage at the hotel spa are available (extra) or just relax beside the pool.
Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Dar es Salaam and transfer to the international airport to connect with your flight home.
- All meals and drinks (excludes premium brands) on safari.
- Half board (breakfast & dinner) at your Zanzibar resort
- Breakfast only at your Stone Town hotel.
- Game drives in customised 4×4 safari vehicles
- Flight Serengeti – Zanzibar
- Escorted from Arusha by African Encounters director Karen Platzer and local guides
- International flights
- Meals not stated above
- Optional activities
What our clients have to say...
“Wow! The magic of Africa and it’s varied faces presented to us in a masterly choice of locations, all different but welded together by wonderful people. We enjoyed the impeccable timing of the migration, the unbelievable variety and quantities of animals and birds everywhere, and the scenery was absolutely awesome! So well organised Karen, not a minute was wasted – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Lyn & George Wilson, Drury