3 Day Wildebeest Safari Tour
3 Day Wildebeest Safari Tour – Lake Manyara, Ndutu Plains and Ngorongoro Crater
Rates: Minimum 2 guests
USD 1420 per person sharing – Standard accommodation (tented camps and lodges).
USD 1285 per person sharing – Camping/budget accommodation.
About the tour:
For a quick safari, there are few better tours available than this. View the breath taking Lake Manyara in the Tarangire National Park. With the amazing Rift Valley as the backdrop, you will be treated to amazing sights of birds, animals and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best wildlife viewing sites in the world. Known for the large diversity of wildlife found within the basin, the Crater is often considered a highlight of any tour.
Day1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
The day starts early as you are picked up at your hotel in Arusha 8 am. What follows is a scenic drive to Tarangire National Park. A packed lunch will be provided at the beautiful scenic picnic spot found within the park, surrounded by the beauty of Africa. You will then be treated to game viewing within the park and dinner at Twiga Lodge or Campsite.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day2: Lake Manyara – Ndutu Plains
After an early breakfast, you depart to one of the best areas to view the Great Migration, the Ndutu Plains. Bordering the Serengeti National Park (no fences between them), the Wildebeest travel here between December and mid-May for calving season. Millions of Wildebeest and Zebra wash the plains in one of the greatest spectacles on earth.
The area is also home to many species of animals year round, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena and various birds, making this area a treat even during the “off-seasons”.
In the evening you will retire to your lodge or campsite in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There are spectacular views to be had of the basin.
Accommodation is at Rhino Lodge or similar and Simba Campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3 – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
After a very early breakfast, descend onto the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater and experience the amazing wildlife sightings on hand. The Ngrorongoro Crater is home to the entire Big 5 and various other amazing wildlife. From the beautiful flamingos on the Soda Lake to the hippos at Hippo Pool, the game viewing is stunning.
Enjoy an amazing lunch in one of the Ngorongoro Crater’s amazing picnic sites. After lunch, you will proceed with your game viewing experience and then drive back to Arusha in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
Meals as indicated
Park entrance fees
Service of an English speaking professional guide/Driver
Camping fees, Mattresses (If Camping)
Food, cook and all kitchen utensils (If Camping)
Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
Activities as per itinerary above
International flights to/from your home
Tips & gratuities
The first night on your arrival and last night after safari
Airport transfers (book with us)
Sleeping bag (if Camping)
Olduvai Gorge fees
Flying doctor’s insurance, we can arrange for request.
Tips to the driver/guide and all items of personal nature/use.
And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.
a Warm wake-up call consists of a fresh cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate followed by a full English or continental breakfast served in the main dining area. a Three course lunch will be served on your return to the camp and three course dinners are served each evening.
- Bush Picnic baskets – Can be arranged for longer game drives.
- Private Picnics
- Three Course Dinners
Activities and Wildlife
Game drives are the main attraction and they are perfect for finding large predators, such as lions and cheetah in safety.
The Mara Migration:
Approximately 260,000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.
Fascinating facts about the migration:
- The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
- Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
- Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
- There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.
The camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog and elephant. An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal. The biggest can be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne. That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms. The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.
The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species (of the total 500) include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.
- Viewing historical Maasai Paintings (rock paintings)
Maasai rock paintings are seen as ancient and were made using natural materials such as clay and ash. Some of the rock painting may be between 1500 and 7000 years old.
Interesting facts about the Maasai:
Maasai are best known for their beautiful beadwork. Young men spend hours and days working on elaborate hairstyles, which are ritually shaved as they pass into the next age group. Cattle are central to Maasai economy and are rarely killed as they are a sign of wealth. Traditional grazing lands span from central Kenya into central Tanzania.
- Hot air balloon trips
Organised upon request and can accommodate 16 people at a time. The additional charge includes champagne and a unique bush breakfast.
- The Serengeti Cheetah Project
Guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park. Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to identify and photograph the cheetah. Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid the conservation project.
What to pack
Items that you must bring:
- Valid Passport / Valid Visa & another picture ID.
- a Photocopy of your passport page to be carried in your wallet.
- Airline Tickets
- Recommended inoculations (vaccinations)
- Correct Currency
- Travel Insurance
Most African adventures include some time in the outdoors, and a basic personal medical aid kit is recommended. The following items should be included:
- Prescription Medications
- Malaria Medication
- Motion sickness tablets
- Allergy treatments
- Insect repellents
- Band aids
Casual and comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, but please note that the weather is unpredictable and the nights may become cold even in the hottest summer months. It is very important to pack warm clothing for chilly nights and sudden changes in climate.
The most practical items to pack:
- Colours: khaki, brown, white and beige. Avoid bright colours as you would like to blend in as much as possible.
- Light cotton tops, trouser and shorts.
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, evenings and cooler days.
- Fleece sweater or a warm jacket.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Good socks and comfortable walking boots.
- a Versatile scarf can be used as a shoulder wrap, shawl or head wrap and takes very little place in your baggage.
- Remember to pack all prescription medications.
Comfort is key when going on a safari. Remember that game drives or walks can be up to 3 hours or longer so make sure you are comfortably dressed. Tip: Wear layers of clothes as the day can start chilly but warm up rather quickly.