Planning a Trip to the Serengeti
Say “African wildlife” and the first image that pops into many people’s heads is a river churning with wildebeests and the occasional croc. That river is the Mara River, and it is located in northern Tanzania, where it cuts across the uppermost part of Serengeti National Park. Here and in the central Serengeti and the Masai Mara, from June through November you can follow the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras. So if you are thinking about seeing the Serengeti Migration in 2015, you’re about 8 to 9 months out from the expected beginning of the migration, which is a great time to start looking into camp availability.
I stress “expected” to our guests because no one can predict the migration’s timing with certainty. Everything is based on the weather, because the migration is driven by the wildebeests’ search for food and grasses. For this reason, we recommend mobile camps with experienced guides for our guests in the Serengeti. These camps – equipped with a comfortable bed and a hot shower and great food – can move to make sure that they are positioned for the best sightings, regardless of that year’s particular timing. That said, the camps change location about five times per year, so it won’t be moving during your stay. Of course, the Migration is the star attraction, but there’s great resident game-viewing in the northern Serengeti, especially the big cats, who don’t migrate south.
The Serengeti ecosystem is a wonderful place to explore any time of year. If your dream is to witness the migration, keep in mind that you will need to time your visit around the migration’s expected patterns. But if you are simply hoping to satisfy your dream of seeing some of Africa’s best wildlife – and cutest baby animals – you can plan a visit almost any time of year and not be disappointed.