The Serengeti, Tanzania

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There are different parts of Africa that give you the opportunity to go on a safari. It seems that since the idea was born in colonial times, most travelers plan to experience a safari at least once in their life time. We of course, are no different. So where in Africa can you have the ultimate safari experience? We are betting on the Serengeti – home of the Great Migration.

The Great Migration is the name given to the circular movement of around 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and gazelle as well as other animals such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala on their search for fresh pastures. This huge mass of animals crosses the Grumeti River between June and July and the Mara River into Kenya in late August and early September.

If seeing a huge number of animals moving across their habitat in unison isn’t enough, with the Great Migration comes the Great Meal at least for animals such as the river crocodiles who wait months for the chance to catch a juicy wildebeest.

It is not only the crocodiles who benefit from the migrations but big cats such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. It’s completely possible for safari goers to witness any of these predators hone in on and capture their unlucky prey.

If kill or be killed, isn’t your thing then after the wildebeests and co. spend time in Kenya, they return to the Southern part of the Serengeti in time for caving season during January and February.

No matter what time of year or part of Serengeti National Park you chose, one thing is for sure, you will be able to see a large amount of animals and have a very good chance of seeing all of the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.

The Serengeti’s entire area of 14,763 sq km is judiciously conserved by the Tanzanian government and their efforts have paid off. The park’s elephants once hunted to extinction in the 1960’s and 70’s now number around 7,000. One species that is currently endangered but can be found in the areas of Selous and Ruaha is the African wild dog. There are also a few black rhinos around Moru Kopjes although spotting one is only for the extremely lucky.

To see the numerous herds of buffalo and robust giraffe population in the Serengeti requires little luck except to show up! There numbers are such that on a Serengeti safari, they are par for the course. Lastly, the Park is home to over 500 species of birds which would thrill any avid bird watcher.

We think we can confidently say the Serengeti is the place for that once in a lifetime safari, at least for ours. Trips to the area can also be combined with other memorable sites such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the island Zanzibar. So you can go from seeing the Big Five, to seeing a snowy peak and a sandy beach. Never mind once in a lifetime, it sounds like a trip to Tanzania could be a once in a few life times!

Once in a Few Life Times

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