The calving season - ultimate Serengeti migration safari
migration is arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet. Its
magnificence makes it very popular and to view it in isolation is increasingly
difficult. When the herds reach the far South-East of the eco-system, at the
start of the new year, it is still possible. The Bush Rover camp sits hidden by
a ring of woodland, overlooking a magnificent bowl of grassland which
constantly fills and empties with wildlife. Here, it is still possible to drive
out onto the nearby plains and encounter no other vehicle, yet be surrounded by
The Bush Rover Migration camp is an award-winning camp made up of just six Land Rover suites that each open up as graceful as a swallow-tail into unique and beautiful safari accommodation spacious, raised high above the animal-scape below and complete with all creature comforts including a bath tub! These suites get to parts others cannot reach and pride themselves on getting to the heart of the great wildebeest migration but away from the crowds. They are not a typical rooftop adaption and will certainly be the most comfortable Land Rovers you ever stay in. Immerse yourself in the very best of Tanzania’s wildlife from the balcony sofa of a Bush Rover suite with champagne in hand. It’s hard to imagine any safari accommodation that gets closer to Tanzania’s wildlife without compromising on comfort.
Arrival into Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, meet your car and driver and transfer to Katambuga hotel in Arusha. This is a lovely hotel that has a feeling of being at home. Beautiful accommodation but with a relaxed feel.
Arrival in Serengeti
This morning after breakfast, you’ll take the morning flight from Arusha to Serengeti national park for the start of an incredible Tanzania safari. You’ll meet your guide on arrival at the airstrip in Serengeti who will brief you before your first game drive down to the Bush Rover Migration Camp.
Follow the migration
The primary focus for this breath-taking migration tour is, of course, to follow the adrenalin fuelled herds and their unwanted predator escorts. Whichever time of year you are experiencing the tour, you can expect tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra to be close at hand. The evenings offer a magical night sky and drinks by the camp fire before relaxing in the beautiful mess tent for delicious dining prepared by your private chefs. O/n Bush Rover Camp.
As the great herds gather in the South-East of Serengeti towards the end of the year, the pregnant females gather separately from the males. During February, over a few short weeks, they give birth to 100,000s of young wildebeest. The chances of witnessing a live birth at this time are very good and the interaction between young and adult is fascinating. Many youngsters lose their mothers and it is not unusual to find calves following the vehicle or even staff in the camp! O/n Bush Rover Camp.
The area of Kusini, at this time of year, is naturally a magnet for predators. The wildebeest and zebra herds inevitably attract lion prides which tend to hide out in ditches on the open plains, as do many hyenas. The stars of the show however, during the calving season in Kusini, are the cheetah. This place at this time, offers probably the best cheetah viewing anywhere in Africa. They use the cover on the edge of woodland belts to look out over the wildebeest-covered plains and find young calves to target.
the small stuff
Amongst the great drama of the births, the predations and the sheer
dazzling numbers of animals to behold, there is another fascinating world, closer
to the ground. At this time of year, the ground is often alive with dung
beetles, doggedly rolling their dung balls to burial sites. Mongooses scurry
about their business and rare honey badgers are often out at dawn.
under mount meru
morning, fly back to Arusha and meet your guide who will transfer you to the Arusha
coffee lodge in the foothills of Mount Meru. Later, enjoy a guided walk
around the plantation to see how the coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and
produced into the aromatic coffee that we drink.
Today marks the end of your safari when you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Your Journey at a glance
Ideal duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: US $7290
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The multi award-winning Bush Rover camp is simply one of a kind. It sits at the very heart of the great migration as the vast herds moves around the Serengeti and it affords breath-taking elevated views from possibly the most innovative safari accommodation in Africa.Explore
Make your Tanzania safari even more special by adding on some days at one of Tanzania’s incredible beach destinations. Perhaps the most famous is the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar with world-class beaches and diving. However, there are some hidden gems off the beaten track with few human prints left on the deserted white-sand beaches like stunning Saadani national park, where the bush meets the beach. This is a truly secret palm fringed hideaway.
Few destinations have such an evocative name as Zanzibar. Few know that this Indian Ocean holiday island is in Tanzania and is the perfect complement to any Tanzania safari where you want to mix safari and beach. The UNESCO world-heritage site of historic Stone Town is a heady mix of cultures from Arabia and India with stunning architectural remnants and superb bazaars. This town has its own annual music and film festivals which attract acts and visitors from around the world. From here, head to the north or east coast to relax on world-class beaches and indulge in some fabulous diving and water sports from The Zanzibari boutique hotel.
Safari & Beach
Fancy relaxing at the beach following your Tanzania safari but want something away from it all? Then choose Saadani National Park, the only coastal wildlife park in Tanzania where the bush meets the beach. A place where you can swim in the Indian ocean looking back at vervet monkey and surrounding bush full of wildlife and even a marine park where green turtles hatch. Head out on game drive or foot and boat safari in the morning and spend the afternoon on a stunning deserted beach back at Simply Saadani Camp.