Going on a Tanzania safari is one of Africa’s signature adventure experiences; it is one of the prime reasons first-time visitors come to the continent and one of major experiences that’s most rewarding to global travellers. The most favoured safaris in tailor-made 4x4 safaris are personalized to fit the travel requirements and interests of travellers, while knowledgeable, and experienced driver-guides are key to conducting rewarding guided game-drives in national parks. Photographers have their specialty flora, and fauna interests and birdwatching enthusiasts enjoy out-of-the-ordinary game drives in Tanzania to suitably enjoy the intriguing selection of game to see in the wild and wonderful offerings that the attractive habitats have in place.
The Serengeti ecosystem is vastly massive, and knowing when and where to stay at different times of the year has proven to be an important factor on how safari-goers would enjoy up-close and candid wildlife action, and sensational birdwatching. Bearing in mind that the annual wildebeest migration is a prime consideration for most travellers to Serengeti, Tanzania, it’s vital that we factor the ideal safari destinations to combine with on safari. Avid photographers, and enthusiasts with proper digital camera gear (DSLR) have increased and on safari, the search for the perfect wildlife shots in the Serengeti is quite dynamic. This month we have featured our preferred choices of; places to stay at different times of the year in close vicinity to the seasonal wildlife-action of the Serengeti
December to March: Mbugani Migration Camp or Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Mbugani Migration Camp is a mobile seasonal camp that is perched at the Ndutu area during the period of December to March. The camp is ideally set up to follow the great migrating wildebeests as they embark on their journey from Masai Mara through the southern plains of Serengeti with staging at the Lake Ndutu area for calving season from late January. Lake Masek Tented Lodge is a great option; as a permanent quality lodge at the Ndutu area. The big herds of wildebeests are generally in the close vicinity on the Southern Plains of the Serengeti ecosystem, and calving takes place over approximately two weeks in early February. Lots of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland make for rewarding Ndutu encounters and memorable moments.
April to May: Thorn Tree Camp or Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge
In the heart of the Serengeti commonly known as: Seronera Valley, there is plenty of action year-round and stays at the comfortable Thorn Tree Camp are utmost ideal for watching wildlife and taking shots throughout the day. In addition, the migrating herds start moving towards Seronera in April and graze for about two months before proceeding to the Western Corridor of Serengeti. April to May is also the period for rain; it generally doesn’t rain all day, and photography is normally superb with moody skies and good depth of colour. Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge is also a great option for quality stays in a fresh and bright atmosphere while exploring central Serengeti with enjoyable amenities on the Seronera Valley escarpment.
June to July: Serengeti Simba Lodge or Grumeti Migration Camp
Serengeti Simba Lodge is ideally located on the Western Corridor area which has an incredible scenery of savannah and skies with great game viewing opportunities between June to July when the migrating herds also traverse the area while foraging their way and crossing rivers for Masai Mara’s plenty pastures. Grumeti Migration Camps is a great choice for an intimate safari in one of Africa’s finest wilderness areas. The camp is tucked away in the Grumeti Game Reserve adjoining Serengeti’s Western Corridor at its north western border and a range of quality safari activities offer incomparable access to the area’s greatest attraction from June to July on game drives, guided nature walks, access to hot air balloon safaris and bush barbeques.
August to November: Mara Kati Kati Camp or Mara Mara Tented Lodge
August to October is prime time for witnessing the Great Wildebeest River Crossing at the Sand River and Mara River when hundreds of zebras plus antelopes, and thousands of wildebeest brave their way through river crossings to enter Masai Mara. Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp is a mobile camp that is strategically situated in the north Serengeti offering unique opportunities to enjoy the prime action while returning to the comfortable tented accommodation allowing guests to feel completely immersed in the surroundings. Mara Mara Tented Lodge is a permanent family-friendly accommodation that is ideally located within close proximity to witness much of the action that unfolds between August to November - clearly spectacular game drives in the area. The lodge has 16 tents with en-suite facilities, including family rooms, a swimming room, a Main House that has lounge areas, a restaurant with a viewing deck from where guests can enjoy watching rolling savannah grasslands while enjoying the cool breeze.
Photographic interests shape the custom-designing considerations for most of our safaris on the northern circuit and the western circuit. Our recommended place of stays are carefully suggested based on the natural wildlife availability and opportunities for stunning wildlife, birding and splendid landscapes for photography and sundowners on safari. Several wildlife conservancies have been established in the past decade and this have opened up for night game drives around, and inside the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks where most of the wildlife traverses between the areas in search of water and pastures. The conservancies allow for more interesting nature guided walks allowing unique sightings and adventurous experiences.