What occurs to your mind when someone says wildlife safari? Perhaps, the Lion King movie or a tall giraffe standing under the Acacia tree. While these captivating scenes are some of the stills from the African Savannah, the great migration in Serengeti is the real deal.
Be it for the excitement of watching the breath-taking wildlife movement or the heart-pounding moments while admiring the deadly predators’ blood-drenched in their feast, we give you 10 convincing reasons to not miss the Great Migration Safari.
A Natural Wonder Of The World
Covering a continuous journey of 500 kilometers from birth-giving to tirelessly foraging in the rains and escaping the deadly predators’ attacks by the Mara River, the wildebeest migration is an exceptional natural phenomenon in the world. There is plenty of wildlife to see in East and South Africa, however, the wildebeest migration in Serengeti links to the brilliance of nature from ever-changing landscapes to the massive movement of animals and game viewing experience.
A herd of wildebeest walking across a grass-covered field
Away From The Tourism Bustle
The rhythm of the Serengeti beats on the intense wildlife movement combined with the serene sounds of nature. A wildebeest migration adventure is a holiday of its kind; rise before sunset, enjoy bush breakfast amid millions of animals, and spend your day looking for some action in the Savannah. You can combine your safari with a hot-air balloon ride, nature walks and stargazing under the African sky.
Aerial Views of the Migration
If you are coming to Tanzania for a honeymoon safari, you will not regret booking a hot-air balloon ride in the Serengeti offering exceptional views of the great migration. Watch aerial views of hundreds of wildebeest moving together covered in the massive shadow of your flight that floats above rivers and wildlife plains as you calmly search for the majestic wildlife. And the bush breakfast in the open plains is just another reason to make your safari luxurious.
Exceptional Wildlife Experience
Besides the wildebeest, The Serengeti is home to thick populations of lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, and innumerable animals that move freely across the plains. Covering an area of nearly 15,000 sq km, the game viewing here is a treat to the eyes of first-time safari-goers and photographers in particular. Honeymooners and families are spoilt for lodging and camping options coupled with a new wildlife experience to look forward to every day.
Predators waiting for prey during the great migration season in Serengeti
Meet the Masai
Have you ever been inquisitive about the Tanzanian culture? The Great Migration not only gives you the chance to admire the wildlife but also interact with the famous Masai tribe. Walk into the mud houses of these cattle-keeping communities and immerse in their heart-warming tales. You will be surprised to count the number of wives some Masai men have and what it takes to qualify as a capable husband. Alas, enjoy famous dances while flying high on the tunes of traditional music.
Enjoy a tribal experience with the Masai during the Great Migration Safari
The Circle of Life
Every year more than a million wildebeests set their foot in search of fresh grass, covering thousands of miles, and risking their lives moving in a circular motion from Ndutu in Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then back to Ndutu. No matter, what month of the year you may come to Tanzania, you are sure to enjoy a glimpse of a part of this cycle, whether it is the calving season in January, the intense wildebeest movement in June, or the river crossings from July onwards. This unique phenomenon is a life-time experience mixed with emotions for the winning wildebeest and those who surrender their lives to the fate of hungry predators.
If you love to show your passion for travel with photos and videos, the great migration is filled with surprises. From massive herds moving across the wilderness to the predators attacking the calves, you will find many opportunities to enjoy unperturbed views and document the Serengeti. And not only the wildebeests, but there are also plenty of chances to photograph the muses of nature from magical sunsets to the tall giraffes enjoying their bush feast in silence.
Ideal for all travelers
The great migration safari in Serengeti welcomes all kinds of travelers. Whether you are a family with kids, an elderly couple, or a big group of friends, there is something to do for everyone. From kids-friendly lodges to thrilling adventure activities, you will always find plenty to do in the massive game parks of Tanzania.
Peak season means almost fully booked!
Lodges and camps are nearly fully booked from January through September and then in December. Make your reservations at least three months before your arrival in Tanzania. There are several options to book from budget camps to mid-range and luxury lodges. Ask for expert advice from your safari consultant. The Migration movement different every 2-3 months depending on the wildebeest movement. Look for accommodation options as per the expected hotspot during your time of travel.
A bucket list adventure
I don’t want to go to Zanzibar…said no one ever! Yes, Tanzania is home to more than a handful of adventures and there will always more than one reason to come here. From climbing the ambitious heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to standing silent during a walking safari to swimming with the whale sharks of Mafia Island, you would love to book your once-in-a-lifetime experience to Tanzania. The good news is that you can combine the Great Migration experience along with these experiences.
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