Going on safari in Africa is a fantastic and memorable holiday to take, one that will provide moments that live long in the memory. Whilst any safari provides picture postcard images, one taken during the summer months to witness the animals migrating across the plains is a spectacular sight to see. Here’s my guide to taking a trip to Tanzania to see the great migration close up.
Located in East Africa, Tanzania borders a number of African countries including Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. It is within this area that the country is filled with its safari wildlife and scores of tourists flock here each year to see the natural sights. Many people associate Kenya with the safari holiday but if you wish to see the migration, then Tanzania is definitely the place to do so. June in Tanzania will find the weather good. This is the first month of the dry season and temperatures average between 25C-30C (77F-86F) during the day.
Over 95% of the Serengeti Plains are in Tanzania providing you with much more chance to see the animals migrate whatever time during the summer that they decide to make their move. Proclaimed as one of the greatest Natural wonders of the world, the Serengeti hosts a national park and many game lodges and is home to hundreds of species thanks to its varied habitats. Tanzania is also home to many other national parks including the Tarangire and Lake Manyara which provide you with the chance to see 4 out of the ‘big 5’ animals.
Every summer, herds of wild animals make their way north by moving across the Serengeti and into southern Kenya, crossing the Masai Mara. During June, over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles begin their journey having spent the early months of the year breeding. What makes the migration so exciting is that as well as seeing this amazing natural event and animals for as far as the eye can see, you won’t be the only eyes fixed firmly on the march north. Scores of predators such as cheetahs and lions avidly keep watch and lucky for you (but not the wildebeest), they’re certain to pounce when they think they’ve a good chance of a meal.
Tanzania Must sees
Obviously the Serengeti and its migration has to be the main focus for any trip to Tanzania in June, but there are other places to ensure you’ve added to your itinerary. Lake Manyara is home to the tree-climbing lion and offers the chance to enjoy the forest and lake scenery with the animals that live here too. Also within Northern Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater and the surrounding Conservation Area.
For those who want to enjoy some of the typical holiday entertainment, why not take a trip out to Zanzibar. Located 50km off the coast of Tanzania, these islands offer the chance to enjoy a beach break. Relax on the golden sands, swim in the Indian Ocean or take a dive beneath the waves off Mnemba Island to explore another ecosystem that Tanzania can boast. Above water, keep your eyes open for the Colobus Monkeys that live here.
Of course, no trip to Tanzania is complete without seeing the epic Mount Kilimanjaro. Sitting within the Kilimanjaro National Park, it is the tallest mountain in Africa at over 5,800 metres. If you’re feeling brave and particularly healthy, then it is possible to trek up the mountain on an organised trek.