Location: 7 hours outside Arusha, 2.5 hours from the Ngorongoro Crater
Animals: Virtually all safari animals except for the Rhino.
Activities: Game Drives, Hot Air Balloon, Bush Walks and Night Game Drives
Bird watching: Serengeti national park Serengeti National Park and especially Lake Ndutu is a paradise for both birds and bird-watchers. The national park is inhabited by over 500 bird species such as Ostriches, Secretary birds on the grasslands, the Black Eagles above the Lobo hills, larks, Kori bustard, fiches and raptor.
The park is also the homeland of the amazing Lilac-breasted roller and the 3 endangered Tanzanian species: Grey-rumped spur fowl, Fischer’s lovebird and the babbler-like Rufous-tailed weaver. The Serengeti is also inhabited by a very special bird worth looking for the honey guide also known as the indicator bird.The honey guide lives in a symbiotic relationship with the Ratel (Honey Badger) as the honey guide leads the Ratel to bee hives. The Ratel, which is immune to the bee stings, pulls down the bee hive and opens them to eat the honey. The honey guide eats the bee wax.
Not only is it Tanzania’s oldest and popular national park but the mighty Serengeti is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound its endless plains as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing and renowned for its wealth of leopard and lion. This park has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The vast reaches of the park are a hiding place for the endangered black rhino and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah, alongside the Serengeti’s thousands of other diverse species, from the 500 varieties of bird to 100 different types of dung beetle. Serengeti offers sensational game viewing in Africa with great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands and thousands of eland, topi, kigoni,impala, and Grant’s gazelle. Overall Serengeti has about 35 species of plains animal including big five and has 500-plus bird species ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo hills.
After the rains, the Serengeti’s magical golden horizon is transformed into an endless green carpet, flecked with wildflowers. The famous plains are interspersed with wooded hills, towering termite mounds, monumental rocky kopjes and rivers with elegant acacia trees.
Amazing Wildebeest Migration :Witness the amazing wildebeest migration which is one of the most amazing wildlife events. The wildebeest migration is a circular journey which happens through the whole year. A five day Wildebeest Migration safari will enable you to visit three major Tanzanian national parks starting Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park. Prepare yourself for majestic Serengeti where migration peaks at this time of the year up to two million wildebeest move round the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems followed closely by approximately 300,000 zebra and 200,000 assorted other antelopes.
Visit Southern Serengeti -Ndutu which in December which is a calving season for wildebeest, time of year we expect the main migration herds to be spread out across the southern Serengeti plains. Spend the day with game drives as dictated by game movements, picnic lunch, and more game drives.