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TANZANIA HOLIDAYS

Tanzania; Home To The Great Wildebeest Migration

Overview

A Tanzania Safari Holiday will excite you with the classic savannah areas of the Serengeti – home of the wildebeest migration and year-round game viewing, Tarangire National Park with its herds of elephants and alluring Ngorongoro Crater – the Eighth Wonder of the World, to the beaches and coral reefs of Zanzibar.

You will experience the wonder at the sight of the annual wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Browse through our Tanzania Safari tips and seasons of the Wildebeest Migration for one of the most spectacular sights in Africa.

Random Fact

    • Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the largest mountain in Africa.
    • Moping trees, commonly seen in Tanzania are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.
    • Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar.

Useful Information

TIME DIFFERENCE
GMT + 2 hours

CURRENCY
Tanzanian Shilling

VISAS
Passports must be valid for 6 months.

LANGUAGE
English, Kiswahili.

Regional Information

Serengeti National Park - Famous For Wildebeest Migration And Year Round Game-Viewing

The Serengeti National Park is the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world with the most dramatic game viewing. The Serengeti is host to the Wildebeest Migration between November and July, when huge herds of wildebeest and zebra begin their spectacular 600 mile pilgrimage. In their wake, follow the predators – lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal – while vultures circle overhead and some of Africa’s biggest crocodile lie in wait.

Distance from Arusha – the start of your Tanzania Safari:
Serengeti National Park is a six hour drive from Arusha or a one hour flight. If you are on a Northern Safari circuit this park will be included in your Itinerary with a stop over on the way in Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro.

Ngorongoro Crater - Excellent Game Viewing In Unique Settings

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world with one of the highest wildlife densities on earth. In addition to large herds of wildebeest, antelopes and zebra, sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, are frequent. Ngorongoro Crater is an extraordinary place of haunting beauty, with its grand majestic mountain ring and lake.

Distance – Ngorongoro is a two hour drive from Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park

Lake Manyara National Park - Beautiful Setting In The Great Rift Valley

Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is noted for its incredible beauty. Lake Manyara National Park is home to a good range of wild game including giraffe, hippo, leopard, elephant and its famous tree-climbing lions. Part of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, Lake Manyara is an excellent bird watching destination with canoe safaris and boat trips.

Distance – Lake Manyara National Park is a two hour drive from Arusha en route to the nearby Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti.

Tarangire National Park - Gem On The Northern Safari

Close to Arusha, Tarangire National Park gets its name from the river that flows through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its high wildlife population which is most spectacular during the dry period, between June and September. During this time thousands of animals – elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelope, and the rarely seen oryx, migrate from the dry Masai steppe to the Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Tarangire has the largest population of elephant of any park in the northern circuit and is also home to 550 varieties of birds.

Distance – Tarangire is a one and a half hour drive from Arusha.

The Selous Game Reserve In Southern Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve is probably Africa’s least known and wildest protected area, rich in game and varied habitat. Here one can experience game viewing from three distinctively different perspectives – on foot, by boat and by vehicle.
Game viewing in Selous is spectacular, with huge buffalo and lion populations, leopard and packs of wild dog. Wildebeest, zebra, impala, hartebeest, greater kudu and eland are all common.

Best Time For A Selous Safari

The dry season sets in during June to November and is the best time for game viewing along the rivers. Elephants come out of the bush and predators are more commonly seen. Rainy Season: January to April is wonderful for birdlife ad lush scenery but many roads become impassable after heavy rains. December to February is still good for game viewing but can be rather hot and humid. The safari lodges are usually closed from March to May

Distance – most visitors fly in from Dar es Salaam by scheduled flights or charter aircraft.

How To Get The Best Out Of Your Tanzania Holiday & Best Time To Travel

Best Time To Travel

June – October

By this time the migration has, for the most part, left the Serengeti, but the resident game is now more concentrated around the remaining water sources. Tarangire National Park comes into its own as a spectacular destination. The short rains sometimes start in October. July and August are considered peak travel months, and it is one of the busier times to be in the Parks in the North. Lodges charge full rates and are often full. Advance booking is essential.

November – December

This is one of the best times of year in Tanzania and considered an “off season” with lodge rates considerably lower than other seasons during the year. The intermittent rains and moisture after a long dry season create clear spectacular conditions for the professional photographer or filmmaker.

Highly recommended activities at this time are:
A Lodge or camping Safari including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara National Park. The wildebeest migration may have already reached the Serengeti plains offering a grand view of this spectacular sight especially during the latter part of December.

December – March

This time of year is the busiest in North Tanzania. Lodge space and campsites are booked well in advance. The Serengeti is the prime attraction as the wildebeest and zebra migration is in full swing, and the wildebeest give birth in February. This is the time of plenty for all wildlife. The Parks are green and there is generally little dust, though you can get quite dry spells in February.

Highly recommended activities at this time are:
Safari with an emphasis on the Serengeti National Park. This is prime time for the Serengeti. Zanzibar. The Spice Island is great at this time of year. It is busy, but makes a nice change in climate for those from the Northern Hemisphere. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

April

During April East Africa experiences what locals call “the long rains”. It doesn’t mean, though, that it rains every day – just that there is generally more rain over this period than during the “short rains”

Highly recommended activities at this time are:
Camping / Lodge safari with plenty of time in Serengeti.

May

East Africa’s best-kept secret, May is a very beautiful time to travel. The Serengeti is as good for game viewing as during the “peak” season of December – March. For some reason few people travel at this time of year and many lodges offer off peak rates.

Highly recommended activities at this time are:
Camping or Lodge Safari with a stay in Serengeti.

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