February is baby animal season in the Serengeti!
It’s perhaps the greatest spectacle of the Serengeti – the migration few know about. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes gather in the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area to give birth to around 500,000 babies during this short calving season. The lush grass after the rains provides plenty of food for all these animals. It’s also a time of plenty for the predators who need to feed their own babies, so you can expect to see plenty of lions, cheetahs, and maybe even leopard cubs too. Travelling to the Serengeti during baby animal season guarantees exceptional game viewing. Your very comfortable mobile camp moves several times during the year to follow the migration so you will be in the middle of all the action! The spacious walk-in tents have proper beds and en-suite bathrooms, and the wonderful camp staff provide a fully serviced experience.
With its sparkling soda lake, steep mountain scenery, and dense woodlands Lake Manyara National Park offers a unique wilderness experience. The Park was established to protect elephants and it now boasts a large population. The area is also famous for its tree-climbing lions, and there are large herds of buffalo as well as cheetah, Masai giraffe, and impala. Flocks of pink flamingos are often seen on the lake shores, and more than 400 other bird species have been recorded here.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjoins the Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Highlands presents a different side of Tanzania among the coffee farms before a dramatic descent to the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the wonders of the natural world – an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago, forming a vast caldera that hosts around 20,000 animals. Large numbers of wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle, and zebra graze on the open grasslands in the crater, and they attract the predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard, and hyena.
Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck, waterbuck, and the few black rhinos that have taken refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingos.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is the largest and best-known of all the Tanzania National Parks covering an area of 14,500 sq km. Its northern boundary is the border with Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which is included in the Serengeti eco-system. With no fences, the animals wander freely between both countries. Located to the north and west of Ngorongoro, the vast Serengeti plains sustain the greatest and most spectacular concentration of wildlife found anywhere in the world.
Every year the Great Migration of over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson’s gazelle, follow a 1000 kilometre journey from the Serengeti to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. By October they will be returning from Kenya to their calving grounds in the southern Serengeti.
This African Encounters exclusive safari will be personally escorted from Arusha, Tanzania by company director Karen Platzer* and local guides. The safari is limited to just 8 guests – early bookings are essential!
This safari can be combined with my Kenya’s Big Cats safari, or Tanzania’s Secret South.
* T&C’s apply.