As we come to an end of 2019, we can close the 2019 curtains a little happier knowing that Tanzania has maintained its position prior to last year as being the second best safari destination in Africa coming to a close call with Botswana.

Tanzania has maintained a high rank of being one of the best safari destinations  throughout the years because of its wide diversity of wildlife in its natural wonders like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the unique flora and fauna, and the luxurious glamping experiences found in the most scenic and breath taking locations in the wild.

Ngorongoro crater
Inside the Ngorongoro crater (photo source: Tanzania tourist board)


The Great Migration

So I did a little deep reading and found that one of the major reasons Tanzania is ranked as one of the top safari destinations is the Great migration. Dont get me wrong, the wild life, the 16 national parks and the 17 game reserves also have a lot to do with the country’s  status and its high rank, but the great migration just takes the cake as one of the most fascinating natural wonders.

photo source: Tanzania tourist board

What is the great migration?

The great migration is simply the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. These animals move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. It is believed that the movement involves about half a million wildebeests, hundred thousands of Zebras and numerous antelope species looking for greener pasture.

Why does the great migration happen?

The sole purpose of the great migration is to follow the rain fall for greener pasture. This is tricky since like the rains in Africa, it is hard to constantly track the animals movements because they move in a zig-zag form. Their route is normally specific which is generally from the Southern to the Northern part of the Serengeti and back around.

There are usually predators along the way such as lions, cheetahs and crocodiles that prey on these animals. Its just an overall breath taking experience to witness all this.

Photo source: Discover Africa

When is  the best time to view the Great migration?


So this time is usually when the wildebeests are in the Northern part of the Serengeti and you can get to see Thousands of wildebeests crossing the Mera River.

December- March:

This is the calving season. The Wildebeests are usually at the Southern part of Serengeti, specifically the Ndutu area in Ngorongoro. February is normally the only time when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds as they come South for the calving season. Seeing the mothers deliver their young calves and seeing the little ones learn to walk and get the first glimpse of life is quite an emotional and breath taking scene.

Photo source: Art of Safari


If you plan to visit Tanzania soon, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to assist you with all the information and travel requirements that you will need. Take care and safe travels!

Your Rafiki blogger here,

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