There are many reasons why safaris are such an amazing experience. A Tanzania safari is where you’ll see the phenomenal Great Migration, when 1.5m wildebeest take to the road, following the rains in search of green pastures. This is once-in-a-lifetime stuff and the ultimate wildlife experience.
To say that wildebeests have specific periods of migration will be wrong. In fact, they are always on the move. Starting April, Masai Mara begins to lose necessary elevation in is water table. This is also the mating season for wildebeests.
By June-July, the game reserve runs dry and that is a perfect time for the wildebeests to cross over to the adjacent and greener Serengeti National Park in the south.
In Serengeti, in October and November, the wildebeests stay on for two long months and start the process of birthing by January and February.
It’s a time for celebrations but for the carnivores of Serengeti only, which include hyenas, lions, leopards, and the cheetahs. As thousands of female wildebeests give birth to their young ones, it’s common for predators to walk off with their newborns.
25% of Tanzania’s huge landmass is protected as a national park or game reserve for wildlife conservation purposes. Between them, these parks and reserves contain a fantastic variety of dramatic landscapes and a huge range of game, big and small, predators and prey; you are spoiled for choice on a Tanzania safari.
When to go
When to go on safari in Tanzania is a tricky question to answer, as each season is blessed with its own charms; however game viewing is usually best during the dry season of June to October, and again from December to March.
The long rains come during April and May, and the short rains during November. During the rains, the plains turn green and offer plenty of sustenance, and the wildlife spreads out making it harder to spot. In between the rains is the dry season, particularly from June to October. During the dry season, as water sources diminish and vegetation dries out, the wildlife has no option but to seek water at the limited water holes, guaranteeing a spectacular pageant of predatory action.