Tanzania safari



What is the Great Migration?
If you're planning a Tanzania safari, it would be a shame to miss this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. The Great Migration involves the largest movement of animals in the world, with herds of wildebeest that can reach 1.5 million in size, along with almost a million zebras and other exotic beasts. The exact route changes annual - wild animals are unpredictable after all! - but follows the same general route and time frame.
The Practicalities
You can follow the movement of the Great Migration across the Serengeti over a matter of months: the massive herds begin to gather in the southern Serengeti around April and May, cross the Grumeti River in May and June, and have moved up north by September, from where they disperse out across the plains or over the border into Kenya - not to reunite until the following year. If you can't book your Tanzania safari adventure within those months, another option is to visit the Serengeti in January, February or March, at which time you can witness the spectacle of the Great Migration calving.
Also keep in mind health and safety considerations when planning your trip to see the Great Migration - tell your GP about your travel plans and take their professional advice about what vaccinations and anti-malarials may be required. To reduce the risk of malaria even further, always keep your skin reasonably covered and wear a strong mosquito repellent. To avoid illness or injury ruining your Tanzania safari holiday you should only ever drink sterilised water, and pay close attention to your guide's advice, especially around wild animals.
How to Get the Best Views
If you're booking a Tanzania safari with the aim of seeing the Great Migration, you may wish to consider staying in a moving camp, which pack up to follow the movement of the herds, guaranteeing you fantastic game viewing.
The main way to view game is on a daytime game drive. Technically no night time game drives are permitted as this may disturb the wildlife too much - however, if you are staying in one the lodges located within a reserve adjacent to the Migration, you can enjoy a night drive that gives you impressive nocturnal views. Walking safaris are also possible further in the north, but boating safaris are not an option anywhere. However, for a truly memorable Tanzania safari experience, consider a hot air balloon safari, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience in addition to panoramic views.



Article: Kelly Elmore