TANZANIA:

This relatively small African country has some of the largest herds of wild animals on the planet, and, in places,
some of the highest concentrations of predators. Wildlife spectacles are guaranteed in such areas as the volcanic
caldera at Ngorongoro, where animals inhabit the bowl-like lush environment in exceptional numbers, and across the
endless plains of the great Serengeti. The great thing about Tanzania is how easy it is to combine its many
spectacular aspects, from inland safari to blissful beach hideaway.

Serengeti National Park: 

Declared by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites, the Serengeti National Park at 14,700 sq km is undoubtedly
the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and breathtaking display of
wildlife everywhere. Known by the Maasai people as “siringit-endless plains”, it is a land of vast grassland
plains, acacia-studded savannas, wooded hills, and mountains. 

 

 

Contiguous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve on the Kenyan side of the border, the Serengeti National Park is
one of the world’s greatest wildlife refuges. At any point in time, the park’s vast grassland plains and savannas
are speckled with herds of grazing zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and topi. The acacia forests abound with
birds and monkeys; elephants and buffaloes in the swamps; and rivers brimming with hippos and crocodiles.

The Seronera Valley is famous for its abundant lions and leopards. The Serengeti is an African paradise that
contains one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth. Interesting features such as the fauna, climate and vegetation
have barely changed in the past million years. The plains are most famous as a stage for the great wildebeest
migration, estimated to include over a million wildebeest and around 200,000 zebras, however, when witnessing this
magical event there do seem to be far greater numbers. These great herds are engaged in a never-ending journey
through diverse landscapes, so strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, pride of lion or crocodile
infested river can hold them back.

  •  January, February and March:Dispersed across Ndutu & Seronera plains, wildebeest
    and zebra are everywhere – feeding on the fresh, nutritious grasses. With most wildebeest calves born.
  •  April:They start their great migration north. 
  •  May:The Serengeti’s wildebeest all seem to be moving north, migrating to seek fresh
    grazing and water. Moru Kopjes and west of Seronera is then hectic with a series of moving columns.

  •  June:The wildebeest migration is often halted on the south side of the Grumeti River.
  • July and August: Often spreading out across a broad front: some heading through Grumeti Reserve and
    Ikorongo, others north Serengeti.
  •  September:Sees the herds spread out across the northern Serengeti, where the Mara
    River provides the migration with its most serious obstacle. This river gushes through the northern Serengeti
    from Kenya’s adjacent Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  
  •  October:The wildebeest herds are migrating again with more accord: all are heading
    south, through western Loliondo and the Serengeti National Park’s Lobo area, returning to the green shoots
    which follow the rains on the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti in November.
  •  November and December:The herds of the wildebeest migration arrive on the short-grass
    plains of the Serengeti. These are south and east of Seronera, around Ndutu and include the north of the
    Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Selous Game Reserve: 

Enter Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants wander
in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous (pronounced “Seloo”) is considered important enough to be World
Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in the wild and unspoiled bush. in the south forming
one enormous ecosystem abutting the Udzungwa and the Uluguru Mountains, both latter highlands considered one
of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, the “Galapagos of Africa”, because each separate hilltop has flora and fauna
unique in the world. The Great Ruaha River enters Selous from the west, past hot sulfur springs, through steep
gorges where African crested eagles hunt cliff-dwelling monkeys. It joins a stunning string of navigable oxbow
lakes along the eastern Rufiji River. Selous boating and walking safaris, birdwatchers, photographers and active
adventurers are popular.

Mahale Mountains Tanzania

Located in the far west of the country on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and home to the best chimpanzee viewing in
Africa, Mahale would stake its claim as one of the most exceptional and unique safari destinations on the
continent. 

The main attraction of Mahale is chimpanzee trekking, but Mahale offers so much more as well. It is a truly
beautiful and incredibly remote location. Just being here and taking a stroll on the shoreline of Tanganyika is
spectacular. You can go kayaking, snorkeling or fish out on the lake, spend hours walking through the forest
spotting other smaller primates and plenty of birds or climb through narrow tracks to discover hidden waterfalls.

Mahale Mountains Tanzania – When to go

The best time to visit Mahale is the long dry season from July through to late October. Chimpanzees can be viewed
at other times of the year also; however, it may just require a little bit more walking. In the dry season, it is
worth combining GreystokeMahale with Katavi. This is another fantastic National Park located in Western Tanzania
that has huge herds of elephants and buffalo which eclipse those seen in Ruaha.

KENYA SAFARIS:

Kenya is the historical home of the East African safari, a land of sweeping savannah grasslands inhabited by charismatic megafauna, including Big Cats, the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino) and just about everything in between. 

Kenya is filled with searing deserts, high mountain peaks and savannahs rich in wildlife. A holiday to Kenya gives you a genuine adventure through the majestic African wilderness. All with a luxury hotel to return to in the evening. A Kenya holiday offers a diverse range of things to see and places to go. 

Kenya Luxury Safaris: 

From the wide grasslands of the Masai Mara to the majestic wildlife that roams within it, there is no place like Kenya for the classic safari. A pioneered the luxury safari in this very region in the 1960s, the Kenya safari becomes the experience of a lifetime.  

Kenya beach holidays can be tranquil or full of activity. There are many accommodation options in Mombasa such as hotels, cottages, beach apartments and rental villas. Kenya has 536 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches. They are ranked top in the world and have whistling palm trees, coconut trees, the bluest waters and year-round sunshine. 

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE :

Masai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved extraordinary magical Savannah mixed around the grassy plains and rolling hills, with the most scaring wilderness southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border habituating Masai mara wildlife eg. animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos.

Masai Mara National Reserve is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

The World famous and a beloved Safari destination in Africa, Masai Mara in Kenya is a vast expanse of gently rolling African grassland located in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering the Serengeti National park in Tanzania.

 

You shouldn’t miss Africa’s largest game reserve hugging Narok County, Kenya, waving to the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania.

BEACH HOLIDAY IN KENYA:

Kenya’s warm tropical waters, especially around Diani, are famous for hosting migrating whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale shark safaris run between October and April and give you the chance to see these magnificent creatures in an unspoiled environment.

Kenya beach holidays can be tranquil or full of activity. There are many accommodation options in Mombasa such as hotels, cottages, beach apartments and rental villas. Kenya has 536 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches. They are ranked top in the world and have whistling palm trees, coconut trees, the bluest waters and year-round sunshine. 

DIANI BEACH – KENYA:

Kenya’s Diani Beach is one of the most idyllic beach locations in the world From Kenya’s famous Diani Beach, through to lively Mombasa and tranquil Malindi, and further afield to the idyllic islands of the Lamu Archipelago, the beauty of Kenya is that you can easily combine a thrilling safari in the Masai Mara one day with a relaxing beach holiday the next, making it the perfect ‘Bush and Beach’ destination! 

You heard it from your friends who travel to Tanzania? Did you saw on the TV? Or you might have watched it in movies.

Here are a few things you need to know about Serengeti Great Animals Migrations worldwide,

What is Migration?

Every year and every season in Serengeti in Tanzania- East Africa, thousands upon thousands of wildebeest migrate from the Ngorongoro conservation area in Tanzania through Serengeti National Park crossing the Mara river towards the Maasai Mara Game reserve in Kenya. The Migration is made up of around 1.7 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands other game – including around 470,000 gazelles and over 250,000 zebras.

Where Does It Occur

It is an all-year-rounded migration, but there is the time when the herds are on the move and others where they are staying put. The migration is based around the rainfall seasons – with short rain usually hitting around early November and the wildebeests arriving at Ngorongoro in November and December. They stay here for the months of the year, giving birth to around 500,000 babies in that time. In April they start to move north – on and off – hitting the Maasai Mara in around September before starting again.

WHY DO THEY DO IT (MIGRATE)

They are seeking out fresh grazing and better-quality water. Also seeking a safe place for giving their birth and protection for their babies from enemies.

WHY IT IS SO POPULAR?

The experience of seeing millions of animals all flooding into one area, running through open plains, feasting and giving birth is something you will never experience anywhere else in the world. The most popular safari attractions include the crossing of the Grumeti and Mara river in July, where crocodiles are lying in waiting. It might seem harsh but this the natural circle of animal life in Serengeti. You will have a memorable experience once visiting Serengeti and following the Great Animals Migration.

WHERE TO STAY

When you are following the Serengeti Great Migration, you decide to stay in the luxury hotel/lodge or tented camps or mid-range accommodations or you can also select Camping to the campsite where you can pitch the canvas tents to the selective sites by TANAPA. Following the migration, you will get a memorable experience to see all animals’ movements.

This includes the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo. Several parks will give you the chance to see these animals, but Serengeti National Park is probably one of the best places to see them all. Elephants, buffalo and lions are common in the park, and these animals all tend to spend time out in the open.

The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania’s best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion are everywhere and are often found on a kill.

MILIONS OF ANIMALS

The Serengeti has more than 2 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are the animals most commonly found in the region.

IS GIRAFFE FOUND THERE?

Geographic Scope. Giraffes live in sub- Saharan Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, from Niger all the way to Zimbabwe and Botswana. The largest concentration is in central eastern Africa. Many wild giraffes populate Kenya and Tanzania. Masai giraffes live in the Serengeti while the Nigerian giraffe is found in Western Africa.

BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

For birders, there are more than 500 species in the park, including a few Tanzanian endemic species, such as Fischer’s lovebird, grey-breasted spurfowl and rufous-tailed weaver. Other birding highlights include Kori bustard, secretary bird, usambiro barbet, yellow-throated sandgrouse, grey-crested helmet shrike, and Hildebrandt’s starling.

MIGRATION

The annual migration of the wildebeest is one of the most impressive sights in Africa. About 1 million wildebeest are constantly on the move following the path of the rains and the new grass. Much of their journey passes through various parts of the Serengeti eco-system. In the southern short grass plains, they give birth, from January through to March. Then up through the northern Serengeti, they travel, with a two-month absence into the Maasai Mara in Kenya for September and October. In November, the short rains bring them south back into the Serengeti to start the process all over. It’s not only the wildebeest; herds of zebra and gazelle follow a similar pattern.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The best times to visit Serengeti National Park are from January to February or from June through September, although you should plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration. For example, winter is the best time to see the herd in Southern Serengeti, while the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti are the best places to spend the summer and autumn months. Most safari operators will have a good idea of where the animals are headed and when, and most will adjust their itineraries based on the herd’s movement. Temperatures remain relatively constant with daytime highs resting in the 80s. You’ll find cooler weather in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area due to its higher elevation. April and May see the most rainfall, and many lodges and camps close for this slower season.