More than any other destination, Tanzania is regarded as the land of safaris. Its name stands not as a mere coincidence, but because Tanzania is home to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park Safari. Situated in the Maara and Simiyu regions of Africa and spanning over 6000-square miles, the park hosts the largest overland migration in the world. From sheltering some of the most endangered species to portraying some of the most astonishing patterns of migration, the Serengeti is a portal to a world of natural wonder.
One of the very first places that were added to the list of World Heritage Sites, Serengeti, is the home of wild animals such as lions, zebras, elands, gazelles and wildebeests. It is also home to more than 500 bird species and more than 50 mammals. No doubt, Serengeti is known for its wildlife. But prominently, this region is famous for the great migration in Tanzania, popularly known as the Great Wildebeest Migration. The Great Migration is known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We suggest you book a Serengeti tour package with us to witness this natural spectacle.
What is the Serengeti National Park Safari Migration?
The Serengeti offers a view of one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth – the migration of wildlife in huge numbers. Ecologically diverse and nuanced, it’s hard to beat the density and unparalleled numbers of animals that rove the vast plains of the Serengeti. A game drive across the reserve is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most exquisite creatures the world has ever seen. The vast landscapes offer unique wildlife experiences with a view of the habitats and daily activities of the animals. You can witness animals such as the wildebeest, gazelles and zebras among others in batches hundreds and thousands crossing the Mara River. For those interested, the Great Migration occurs all year long. In other words, it’s a circular grazing path determined by the availability of food. It begins in January in Serengeti where zebras and wildebeests give birth and the grass is tall enough to keep the young ones hidden from predators. As the rains come to a stop, the herds begin movement following the river to the west heading toward Masai Mara in Kenya. When fall and winter strike, the herds make their way back to Serengeti chasing the rains. It’s a process that goes on all year long. However, in Serengeti, the best time to catch this spectacle would be October to May.
When is the best time to visit Serengeti to witness this?
Timing is everything to witness this migration. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict this trek. The migration completely depends on the rain pattern that triggers the wild to move toward green pastures. However, as mentioned earlier, this is a yearlong occurrence but in Serengeti, the best time would be from October until May.
Safari options and things to do
There are numerous Serengeti National Park safari options available all year round to witness this magnificent event. Holxo has picked the best for you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Apart from witnessing this event, there are also other places to visit in Tanzania such as Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Olduvai Gorge which will leave you awestruck.
Do not miss your chance
Witnessing this phenomenal event is worth it, even if you aren’t a wildlife enthusiast. The Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park Safari of Tanzania is indeed a sight to behold!