Ndutu Migration Safaris – The famous wildebeest migration where over 1.5 million wildebeests and their entourage embark on a long round journey from Tanzania to Kenya annually, due to the long round trek of drier lands. The Ndutu Area is one of the best areas t witness this natural wonder, with a guarantee of sightseeing experiences. Ndutu Migration Safaris – The Ndutu area is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and it stretches to the unfenced southern part of the Serengeti National Park. There is plenty of resident wildlife such as elephants, hyenas, giraffes and big cats to be found all year round. This section of the park is made up of rolling grasslands peppered with alkaline lakes that attract flocks of flamingos, as well as acacia woodlands. Safaris here will guarantee you with wildlife sightseeing experience.
The great wildebeest migration is a spectacular natural wonder that occurs annually and is a must-witness before you retire. Wildebeest migration is the second largest terrestrial Mammal migration on earth – a natural wonder in the world. The phenomenon is one of the most sought-after experiences for wildlife and nature enthusiasts when planning safaris to Africa. The Great Migration is the ever-moving circular migration of millions of wildebeests and their entourage across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Each year-round, over 1.5 million wildebeest upon thousands of zebra and other mammal grazers mark their long legendary journey of over 1,800 miles that is embarked on a circular movement, in a large round trek from the drier lands in Tanzania, heading towards the north to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search for lush grass to graze.
Ndutu area is a meeting point between these two incredible wilderness areas, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The complete cycle of the Great Migration can be witnessed in the Ndutu Region, starting with the herds’ return to graze in December, followed by calving in January and February, and ending with the herds’ re-departure in April as they begin their journey up north. A million wildebeest give birth to 8000 calves every day during the dramatic calving season, and as the young animals take their first steps, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas pursue them for prey.
In the Ndutu Region, the best place to see wildlife is near Lake Ndutu, where huge herds gather from December to April to graze and give birth. The forests and granite kopjes around Lake Ndutu are also home to lots of game outside of the migration month.
One of the highlights of visiting the Ndutu Region is the chance to see six different species of cats. There are serval, leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, and African wildcat. Although you can see the cats all year long, the finest viewing is in January and February when these predators prey on the young, fledgling mammals.
Ndutu migration safaris are not just about wildlife and landscapes – there’s an incredible cultural heritage to explore too. Lying within the Ndutu Region, Olduvai Gorge is one of the world’s most significant paleoanthropological sites, thanks to the discovery of the earliest evidence of the existence of humans. Visit the dramatic ravine and spend some time in the museum to learn about the fascinating excavations and discoveries that have taken place here. A visit to Olduvai Gorge should be combined with a stop at the nearby Shifting Sands: mysterious and beautiful dunes formed of volcanic ash that moves with the winds.
How do I get to Ndutu?
From Arusha, which is about a six-hour drive away, you can go by road through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to reach the Ndutu region. If you aren’t self-driving, flying is a faster option to get to your lodge because the Ndutu Region has multiple airstrips and it’s a quick flight from Arusha.