Words cannot capture the vastness of the Serengeti. Its natural abundance of wildlife provides incredible game viewing. On the open, grassy savannah, antelope species include eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, topi and hartebeest. In the denser bush and acacia of the central Serengeti, leopard sightings are among the best in Africa, cheetah and lion are abundant. In the rivers, hippo and crocodile are plentiful. Part of Tanzania's northern circuit, holidays in the Serengeti are always a real highlight. There is plentiful game here all year, but a safari during the migration period is a quite unforgettable experience.
The Great Migration in Tanzania
From December to July, vast herds of wildebeest and zebra gather in columns up to 40km long for the triangular trek from Tanzania to Kenya in search of grazing pastures
December – March
The wildebeest give birth on the lush plains of southern Serengeti. Ndutu Lodge, Serengeti Serena, Mbuzi Mawe and the Ngorongoro Crater lodges are well located. Seasonal mobile camps are set up in the Ndutu and Moru Kopies area.
April – June
As the grazing thins, the animals migrate west through the central Serengeti, towards the Grumeti River. Kirawira, Mbalageti, Grumeti River Camp and the seasonal mobile camps are perfectly positioned.
July – August
The migration heads north towards Kenya. Klein’s Migration Camp, Sayari and the seasonal camps in Loliondo are best at this time.
September – November
The herds are in Kenya’s Masai Mara, where they remain until the end of October. It is the dry season, when game viewing in Tarangire is at its best.
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