Serengeti Safari

The Serengeti: The Ultimate African Safari

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“No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”- George Schaller

Like a great grass sea formed out of the imagination of a fantasy writer, the Serengeti rolls: expansive, raw, wild. Predators slip in and out of the tawny grasses, drop down from trees and stand atop ant hills scanning the landscape for prey. The Serengeti is Tanzania in its most natural state. This national reserve, which extends across thousands of kilometres, is home to the famous wildebeest migration. It’s a spectacle of nature, and certainly a definitive African safari experience. Plus, you can also expect to see an abundance and diversity of animals and the nomadic pastoralist Maasai tribe.

It’s difficult to take it all in. There is plenty of scope for unique experiences on a Serengeti safari. View the Green Season calving between January and April in the southern part of the reserve. Or, witness the thrilling Grumeti River crossings in the western Serengeti. One of the prime spots for safari goers has traditionally been the far north. Here, tens of thousands of desperate wildebeest take the plunge into the crocodile-thronged Mara River as their migration moves into Kenya’s Masai Mara for fresh grazing.

There are quieter, less dramatic scenes too. A delightful safari breakfast under an acacia tree, accompanied only by your Maasai guide, dressed in his traditional red garments. A guided walk through the woodlands looking for Fischer’s lovebird, a rufous-tailed weaver or a lone, stately kori bustard. Or even waking at dawn and peeping out of your canvas tent to watch the mist rise in unhurried tendrils over the dew-drenched grass.

This is the Serengeti. Wild, untamed and transient.

When to Go:

The Serengeti’s main attraction is the annual wildebeest migration. Notwithstanding the drama and thrills of the Great Migration, game viewing in the Serengeti is exceptional all year round. Typically, the Green Season (December through March) sees newborn calving across the southern plains. The herds move into the western Serengeti between May and July and assemble at the Grumeti River to cross over into the northern part of the reserve. If you’re wanting to visit during the dramatic Mara River crossings, then August through October is the best time to go.

 

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As one of the most spectacular wildlife wonders on the planet, the annual wildebeest migration enthralls yearly.

Sleep under the stars: stylish canvas tents, hot bucket showers and dinners stoked over the fire.

A bush breakfast is a quintessential way of experiencing this majestic reserve in all its unfettered beauty.

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