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Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest is a natural phenomenon like no other. The wildebeest’s nomadic lifestyle follows the rains, which provide them with the lush grass and nutrients that they need to survive. The herd moves in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti, spending a couple of months in the Masai Mara, before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – the whole time trying to evade the many predators en route! This handy guide shows you where the best seat in the house will be throughout the year, to make the most of this breath-taking spectacle, showcasing the largest movement of mammals on Earth.
During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Home to some of Africa’s most famous national parks, Tanzania is perfect whether you’re a first-timer or Africa aficionado. From the migration across the Serengeti plains, to untamed wilderness in Selous and Ruaha, chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains or Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro – Tanzania offers a huge diversity of experiences which are crying out to be explored by you.
With the word ‘safari’ – the Swahili for ‘journey’ – originating in Tanzania, and given that it is the largest country in East Africa; it is perhaps not surprising that Tanzania offers visitors one of the greatest ranges of safari experiences imaginable. Coupled with Zanzibar’s beautiful beaches this makes for one of the most impressive (and convenient) opportunities for a safari and beach holiday possible.
Undoubtedly, it is the Serengeti that is Tanzania’s most iconic safari destination with wide open savannah strewn with the big five and the wildebeest migration (best seen from mid-October to mid-August).
Often described as the greatest show on Earth, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest (and hundreds of thousands of zebra) is a natural phenomenon like no other. We sent our Africa specialist Harry out to Tanzania to experience this awesome event first hand… Here, he tells us all about his adventure.
The relatively close proximity to the diverse neighbouring parks which make up the northern circuit including Tarangire with its diverse ecosystem and vast herds of elephant, Lake Manyara – home to tree-climbing lions and lake filled with flamingos and pelicans and Ngorongoro Crater; the world’s largest unbroken caldera and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – make this the jewel in Tanzania’s safari crown.
Tanzania is home to hidden gems too, and here at Imagine Africa we love how easy (and worthwhile) it is to get off the beaten track. One of the most accessible of Tanzania’s wilderness areas is the Selous Game Reserve in the south of the country. The Selous holds great appeal because of the variety of activities, with walking and boat safaris, as well as traditional game drives on offer; this is also one of the best spots in Africa for spotting wild dog. For those looking for a more remote option, head to Ruaha – Tanzania’s largest national park but one of the least visited, home to prolific wildlife and one of the best places to get out on foot.
Our Africa specialist Jo recently went to Ruaha National Park in Tanzania to discover one of the country’s last wildernesses. Here's what she has to say about her trip…
For a truly unique safari, head to Western Tanzania; one of the wildest and most remote destinations, yet still accessible. Katavi is home to some of the largest herds of big game left in Africa and is one of its best-kept secrets. Meanwhile the Mahale Mountains have to be one of the best places in the world to view chimpanzees in their natural habitat and have a truly breath-taking location on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
If you want to take your exploration to new heights, are adventurous of spirit and relatively fit then scaling Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is the ultimate challenge and not to be missed. Kili offers a really scenic mountain ascent with wildlife and a range of ecosystems including alpine desert, lush rainforest and glaciers. Whilst not to be underestimated, we can guide you to the perfect route; giving you the best chance of reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak.
After the excitement of a safari, there can be no better spot to retreat to than one of Tanzania’s beautiful beaches. Whilst the mainland coast has some lovely isolated spots, the Zanzibar archipelago delivers the tropical paradise that visitors to the Indian Ocean expect and impressive diving – for those looking for culture, Stone Town is well worth a visit.
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