Ndutu Area Serengeti Tanzania – Ngorongoro crater- Great Wildebeest migration – Calving season
Ndutu Area Serengeti Tanzania – Consisting mainly of sweeping grasslands, the Ndutu area in the northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area joins the Serengeti. As such, it forms part of the annual migratory route of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and their predators who come to graze and calve between November and March, depending on the rains. The forests around Lake Ndutu and small koppies are also home to prolific resident wildlife.
The Ndutu area forms the north-western part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, which covers an area of just over 8,000 km² and includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge, forests, mountains and the vast plains of Ndutu stretching unfenced to Serengeti.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is famous not only for its beauty and wildlife but also for allowing human habitation. The local Maasai tribe still live on subsistence farming within the area. It is not unusual to see a Maasai herdsman with his cows heading over sweeping grasslands dotted with wildebeest and zebra.
Animals of Ndutu Area Serengeti Tanzania.
From December to May, depending on the rains, the plains of Ndutu are populated by huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope as they settle on the fertile grasslands to calve. As is to be expected of nature, the predators come in droves too, feasting on the vulnerable young. It’s a smorgasbord of wildlife and the natural circle of life.
During the dry season, the plains empty out as the herds move off in search of better water and grazing. There is plenty of resident game though that don’t follow the migration, including giraffe, elephant, hyena and antelope which tend to concentrate around the waterholes. All six cat species can be found in the area throughout the year; lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, serval and African wildcat.
Things to see and do in the Ndutu area
- Game drives, especially spectacular when the herds of the Great Migration are on the plains
- Visit the fascinating archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge
- Hot air balloon flight over the plains
- Walk with Masaai guides and learn about local culture and traditions
- Bird watching