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
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.