Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration Safari

A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.

Movements of Wildebeest Safari in Serengeti

The herds arrives in southern part of Serengeti, Ndutu Region just after short rains begins in Late November to December. These beast stays here through January, February and March, grazing fresh grass. In this period Wildebeest calves are born and ready to take part of the ride to north.

In May, slowly they move toward south of Seronera and Moru Kopjes area along with many animals like Zebras and Gazelles, some of the herds scattered in Seronera area (Central Serengeti) toward the west in June and July, Crossing of Grumeti River is most likely happening during this period, moving to north through Grumeti reserve and Ikorongo Reserve.

Crossing Mara River in September, is an interesting part of the move to Maasai Mara, getting panic and confused, the Wildebeest, spend sometimes in Maasai Mara, depend on rains or suddenly they can change directions, back to Tanzania in October, the Wildebeest by crossing Mara River to east of Serengeti by early of Novermber.

Wildebeest Migration Map

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Tanzania is a tourist paradise

TANZANIA offers unlimited scope for tourism it teems with multitudinous (laces fascinating for tourists. Numerous tourists from all over the world visit Tanzania every year, goaded by an eagerness to partake of the charm and grandeur which belongs to same places in Tanzania.

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Man, in his insatiable curiosity for change, is sometimes gripped by a desire however ephemeral, for change of his own environment to regions inhabited exclusively by animals. Tanzania affords ample opportunities for the satisfaction of this innate propensity.

In Tanzania we have quite a few national parks as ideal resorts for tourists to name but a few of them, Ngorongoro, Mikumi, Manyara. They hold out unlimited opportunities to our tourists for the observation of wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Tanzania Lake View

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A visit to these parks breaks the monotony and routine of daily existence, and at once plunges our thoughts into the mysteries of God’s creation.
Here we are face to face with animals whose behavior stand conspicuously revealed to us, offering a marked contrast to the placidity and orderliness of human behavior. We then naturally begin to ponder our different characteristics displayed by different animals whilst safely seated in our vehicles.
The enthralling spectacle presented at these national parks fills our children with delight and joy surpassing even our own thrill.
To take just one example, Ngorongoro Crater has proved to be indisputably ideal as a holiday resort to thousands of tourists.

Lions Eating a Wildebeest

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Frequent visits to these places stimulates courage in timid hearts, making them resolute in their determination to conquer many adversities of life. They also equip with readiness to face the challenges of daily existence.
On the other hand, our tourists are by no means strangers to the enchanting aspects of life in mountains of Tanzania, a country of indisputable immense with a historic glory of its own. No one will deny that Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest in Africa, is nature’s gift to Tanzania.

The splendid beauty of scene and surpasses imagination. The lordly Kilimanjaro exists majestically within the atmosphere of complete solitude which is peaceful and inspiringly grand. In this mountain there arises the charm of mountaineering. It carries the suggestion of eternity. The tremendous height is perhaps chiefly responsible for this suggestion.

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Tanzania is also replete with beautiful beaches where our tourists enjoy natural serenity and congenial surroundings. It is only in Tanzania
that a beach holiday can be combined with a cultural bonanza. In the neighborhood of these beaches are hotels, adequately equipped with amenities to make the stay of tourists comfortable and enjoyable.

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There are more than the beaches to see for tourists who visit Zanzibar. It is “the Tourist Paradise” The twin islands of Unguja and Pemba, with their numerous islets, some of which are inhabited, nestle in the Indian Ocean sun. This could be your next destination, and a must for that matter.

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The Stone town is a unique cosmopolitan city which exudes the rich history and culture of the Indian Ocean. Its markets and shops mosques and churches, and other buildings which are of outstanding architectural and historical interest, mingle seamlessly to create an outstanding cultural heritage of the world, blending Arab, Indian, European, and local African traditions. In 2000 Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site.
The number of tourists visiting Tanzania is an eloquent testimony to the universal renown and fame that Tanzania has won itself is the one of the attractive centers for tourism in the world.

Tanzania Weather, climate and geography

Seasons and Temperatures

Tanzania Weather & climate

Best time to visit Tanzania:

The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid, while the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. There are two rainy seasons the short rains are generally from October to December, while the long rains last from March to June. The central plateau tends to be dry and arid throughout the year.

Tanzania can be visited year-round, although the best time for travelling is outside of the rainy season between June and October, when temperatures stay well below their summer peaks. Beach side locations like Zanzibar can be fine to visit during the hotter months of December to January, when ocean breezes make the high temperatures bearable (though humidity can still be high). However, this is also the time popular for typical beach holidays, especially for those travelling from Europe wanting some winter sunshine, and hotels can book up early especially for the Christmas and New Year period.

Required clothing:

Tropical clothing is worn throughout the year, but in the cooler season, from June to September, jackets and sweaters may be needed, especially in the evenings. Clothing appropriate to temperatures below zero is required on the higher slopes of Kilimanjaro and Meru. Also note that it can get very cold at night on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and early morning game drives may be chilly before the sun comes up.

Geography

The United Republic of Tanzania lies on the east coast of Africa and is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north by Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west; by the Indian Ocean to the east; and by Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The Tanzanian mainland is divided into several clearly defined regions: the coastal plains, which vary in width from 16 to 64km (10 to 39 miles) and have lush, tropical vegetation; the Masai Steppe in the north, 213 to 1,067m (698 to 3,500ft) above sea level, which gives rise to two prominent mountains, Kilimanjaro, 5,895m (19,341ft) above sea level and Africa’s highest peak, and Mount Meru, 4,565m (14,973ft); and there’s a high plateau known as the Southern Highlands in the southern area towards Zambia and Lake Malawi.

Savannah and bush cover over half the country, and semi-desert accounts for the remaining land area, with the exception of the coastal plains. Over 53,000 sq km (20,463 sq miles) is inland water, mostly lakes formed in the Rift Valley and Tanzania’s share of Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika, both on its western border. Lake Victoria covers 69,490 sq km (26,832 sq miles), which is Africa’s largest lake and 49% of it lies in Tanzania. With maximum depths of 1,470m (4,821ft), Lake Tanganyika is estimated to be the deepest lake in Africa and is 673km (420 miles) long and averages 50km (31 miles) across; 41% of its area lies in Tanzania. The United Republic of Tanzania includes the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, about 45km (28 miles) off the coast to the northeast of the country.

Source: World Travel Guide
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Tracking chimps in Mahale is a magical experience

Mahale National Park is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees a population of roughly 800 (only 60 individuals forming what is known as “M group”), habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. The guide’s eyes pick out last night’s nests – shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky. Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest. Butterflies flit in the dappled sunlight.
The area is also known as Nkungwe, after the park’s largest mountain, held sacred by the local Tongwe people, and at 2,460 metres (8,069 ft) the highest of the six prominent points that make up the Mahale Range.
And while chimpanzees are the star attraction, the slopes support a diverse forest fauna, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, and a kaleidoscopic array of colourful forest birds

Size: 1,613 sq km (623 sq miles).

Location: Western Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.

What to do:  Chimp tracking (allow two days), hiking, camping safaris, snorkeling fish for your dinner.

When to go: Dry season (May-October) best for forest walks although no problem in the light rains of October/November

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Chimpanzee with baby chimpanzee

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Planning a Travel to Tanzania Efficiently

This world is full of beauty and thus, one can find lots of amazing places to make one’s vacations memorable. Among many travel destinations in the world, Tanzania safari tour is one of the best options that one can avail. Whether you want to visit Tanzania safari with family members or friends, this place has a lot to offer to its tourists.

Moreover, Travel in Tanzania can provide you an opportunity to explore lots of things including natural beauty, Kilimanjaro climbing, wildlife park named The Serengeti, and much more. However, if you are also planning a tour to Tanzania, then here are a few points, which you should keep in mind to make your holidays memorable:

Select the right time to visit Tanzania

Selecting the right time for enjoying vacations in any part of the world is quite an important thing. Do you know why? It is because how will you enjoy the holidays if the weather conditions will not be favorable at your holiday destination. For example, in Tanzania, it rains from November to December as well as from April to June. Hence, planning a holiday trip to Tanzania in these months will not be worthy, as due to rainfall, you will not be able to explore the place properly especially Tanzania safari.

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Get Tanzania safari package within your budget

Another important step is to find a Tanzania safari package within your budget. Do not worry, as these days, you can find countless Tanzania safari packages online. Explore them one by one and get the best one after making sure that you are getting quality accommodation and other amenities at reasonable rates there. Many hotels also charge extra money on certain activities. Make sure that you are aware of those activities. Last but not the least; do not forget to check the repute of the hotel, as staying in any hotel with bad market repute is not recommended in any case.
Once you know that any certain hotel is best for your accommodation, book hotel rooms at least 15 days in advance to avoid any future hassle. In case, you find it difficult to manage your travel tour to Tanzania, the best approach would be consulting any reliable and professional tour operator. Keep in mind that professional tour operators not only reserve hotel rooms but also book airline tickets for your travel to your desired destination.

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Pack your luggage accordingly

To enjoy your travel safari to its fullest, pack your luggage after considering the weather of your travel destination and your activities there. For example, if you are planning to enjoy your summer holidays at Tanzanian safari, then packing fancy warm clothes will not make sense. Hence, search internet and pack your luggage accordingly to enjoy your holidays at best.
These are the few major points, which you should keep in mind in order to enjoy your travel to Tanzania. You just need to understand that this world offers a lot of beauty to explore, but we can do so only if we will adopt the right approach.

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Tanzania Travel Tip

What You Need To Know Before You Go Tanzania

These Tanzania travel tips will help you plan your trip to Tanzania.

Passport and Visa
Please ensure that you are holding a valid passport with sufficient blank pages for entry stamps in each country visited, and that you apply for visas prior to your departure. Nationals of certain countries do not require visas depending on the country you are visiting. It is advisable to check with the Consulate of the country you intend visiting for the latest visa and entry requirements beforehand or contact us and we’ll gladly advise you with regard to documentation
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Clothing
You will require comfortable, casual and semi-casual clothes for your safari to Africa. Please note that bright colours are not suitable for game-viewing and that game-drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon which can be cold, especially in winter.

Seasons and Temperatures
Each region usually experiences lovely hot summers and mild winters and offers exceptional game viewing opportunities throughout the year. The annual Great Migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara is a 12-month cycle. Our consultants will advise when and where are the best times.

  • Kenya : Gentle, warm climate. Daytime temperatures are mild and nights can be fairly cool. Summer extends from October to April, with December to March being the warmest months. All year, minimum temperatures are 11ºC/52ºF and maximum temperatures are 30ºC/86ºF. The cool season is from May to September. Depending on when the rains come, the Great Migration normally reaches Kenya in July. Hundreds of thousands of herbivores then disperse onto the plains of the Masai Mara for the next couple of months.
  • Tanzania : Warm climate with maximum temperatures of 32°C/90°F. Early mornings and evenings can be cold with minimum temperatures of 12°C/90°F. Winter is from May to September, and summer from October to April. Rainfall is seasonal with the so-called ‘short rains’ in November and December and the ‘long rains’ from March to May.

Money
As certain African currencies are difficult to change outside the country of origin it is advisable to only change money as required. Most international airports have banks where money can be changed, and facilities are usually available at hotels and lodges. Most major credit cards are accepted at lodges/hotels, shops and restaurants. As exchange rates fluctuate, please check with your local bank or business media prior to departure.
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Zanzibar Island

Where To Go in February 2015

Zanzibar is part of the East African republic of Tanzania. The island covers area of 1465 sq. Kms , 35 Kms off the coast of Dar es Salaam.
A tour of the heartland of swahili culture is s great way for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and to see how many Zanzibari’s live on a day to day basis.
Learn about the many elements of cultural fusion and cosmopolitan life that is Zanzibar socity music, dance, visual art, cuisine and dhow culture to name few.

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Best known for

  • Once the capital city of Oman in the early 19th Century under the Sultanate of Sultan Seyyid
  • Popularly known as “The Spice Island” due to the farming of vital spices on the island i.e. cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc
  • Was once, one of the main hub of the slave trade
  • The famous Stone Town of Zanzibar – a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Pristine beaches and sandy coastline

Vibrant historical and cultural presence, historical monuments showcasing Portuguese, Arab, European culture. Some can be dated back to the 12th century AD.

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Activities

  • One of the best spots for Whale Shark watching
  • Catch glimpses of migrating Humpback and Sperm Whales off Zanzibar from July-December.
  • Abundance of excursions available i.e. Dolphin tour, Spice Island tour, Prison Island Tour, Chumbe Environmental Island tour, Jozani Forest, City Walking tour, Stone Town tour, historical tour etc.
  • Lunch on numerous sand bars during low tide
  • Sunset dhow cruises for sundowners and light music
  • Very good locations for scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Beautiful, pristine beaches with azure blue waters for swimming, sun bathing and relaxation
  • Sea sports i.e. deep sea fishing, jet skis, dhow trips, wake boarding, wind surfing, kayaking etc.
  • Experience the local Swahili culture
  • Indulge into local Swahili cuisine every evening at the Forodhani Area in Stone Town.

Stone Town Tours
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Zanzibar Spice Tours
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