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Where Is The Best Place To Go On Safari In Africa?

Africa is the continent of adventure and safaris. But with so many spectacular game reserves to choose from, crafting a once-in-a-lifetime African safari package is no easy task. Fortunately, it is possible to pinpoint the best places to see wildlife in Africa – and they are all in Tanzania!

Tanzania is home to the Serengeti National Park, a pristine landscape of vast savannah plains through which great, roving herds of animals move in search of grazing land – or, in the case of predators, an unsuspecting victim. Safari goers can create an incredible Tanzania trip package around this single destination because the Serengeti is home to less-visited (and less crowded) areas and sits near other popular tourist attractions.

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Five Reasons To Visit The Serengeti

The Maasai people named the Serengeti plains. They called this region “Sirenget,” which means “endless plains." The plains are flat, with only a few acacia trees throughout, allowing visitors to easily watch wildlife, even from a distance.  This vast expanse is renowned for its impressive biodiversity, with a variety of iconic African animals such as lions, elephants, and giraffes roaming freely across the grasslands.

Below is a list of the top five reasons why the Serengeti is the best place to see wildlife in Africa.

  • The Serengeti is the setting for the Great Migration. This annual event sees a great herd of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope (and the predators that follow them) moving from the southern Serengeti west and northwards toward Kenya’s Masai Mara Park before returning to the southern plains of the Serengeti in an endless cycle. A safari tour company can help you pinpoint the location of the migration to guarantee a wildlife sighting.
  • Tanzania, particularly the Serengeti, is one of the greatest places on earth to watch lions. More than 3000 lions are thought to live in the Serengeti’s ecosystem. Lions are everywhere in the Serengeti – and can be found getting ready for the hunt at dark or dawn, dining on their prey, playing with their siblings, and, most importantly, sleeping in the shade of an acacia tree or on top of one of the kopjes.
  • No Tanzania trip package is complete without a visit to the Kopjes! These unique rock formations can be found scattered around the Serengeti. They are formed by exposed granite that is shaped by fluctuations in wind and temperatures. Kopjes are particularly popular with lions and other big cats as they offer sun-warmed rocks to sunbathe on and trees and bushes for shade. And because they are elevated above the plains, they provide a great vantage point to spot dangers and prey.
  • The Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems in the world, featuring a unique combination of flora and fauna that has remained relatively unchanged for more than a million years. This means that any study of the modern-day Serengeti offers scientists a unique perspective into the past! This long-standing preservation of biodiversity provides scientists with valuable insights into how ecosystems have evolved and adapted over time.
  • The native wildlife of the Serengeti is well-protected. The animals within this ancient ecosystem are valuable, so the Tanzania government has gone to great lengths to protect it! Tanzania’s many animals are recognized as an important part of the economy and sustainable tourism is encouraged throughout the country and its many parks and preserves.

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Serengeti?

red billed oxpecker on zebras backThe best time to visit the Serengeti is from January to February, during the “short” dry season or from June to October, during the “long” dry season. However, a safari in the Serengeti offers spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities, no matter what time of the year you visit. The vast plains of the Serengeti are home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the iconic Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. 

The park’s open plains and mild climate mean that vegetation is never too dense to see animals, and the region’s two short rainy seasons from November to December and March to April do not negatively impact tourism at all. Visitors can expect to spot a variety of wildlife such as elephants, zebras, and giraffes roaming freely against the backdrop of the picturesque savannah during their safari expeditions, all year round!

Finding A Safari Tour Company For Your Serengeti Adventure

Many people are used to putting together a trip itinerary by themselves and handling the logistics of a vacation without a tour company. However, that is not advisable (or even allowed) for a safari! When you are thinking about where you want to go on safari, you will also need to be researching the best safari tour companies to show you around Tanzania!

If you are looking for a tour company that specializes in Serengeti adventures, look no further than Gondwana Ecotours. Gondwana is a leader in sustainable ecotourism and offers a 10-day tour across the Serengeti that follows the Great Migration. Their experienced guides will lead you on thrilling game drives to witness the incredible wildebeest herds and other wildlife up close.

This one-of-a-kind tour includes:

  • Private game drives in a pop-top Land Cruiser through Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Serengeti National Park. Exploring these diverse and stunning landscapes allows visitors to witness the incredible variety of wildlife that call these national parks home.
  • A local guide and driver for all game drives and tours. The guide will share fascinating stories about the wildlife and the surrounding landscape, which will enhance the experience for you!
  • A visit to a Maasai Village. The Maasai warriors welcome visitors with traditional songs and dances, showcasing their rich heritage and history passed down through generations. Experience Tanzania’s native people and enjoy a cultural exchange within their community off the beaten path!
  • Guided hikes with an experienced and professional local guide, within the parks that allow walking safaris. The local guide will share fascinating insights about the flora and fauna you encounter along the way, helping you understand the area's rich history.
  • A unique elephant safari, where you can observe the largest concentration of elephants in the world, in one place!

This Tanzania trip package includes all food and lodging, as well as national park fees and additional excursion fees. Enjoy a truly unique experience with Gondwana Ecotours as you explore the magic of the Serengeti and learn more about its native people. You may even want to extend the tour, with optional add-on trips, to keep this once-in-a-lifetime experience going.

A Safari To Remember

From wildlife sightings to the exploration of ancient ecosystems, Tanzania offers visitors a safari experience to remember. Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti National Park, where endless plains and iconic wildlife make for a truly unforgettable adventure. Not only is Tanzania’s Serengeti the best place to see wildlife in Africa, but it’s a phenomenal place to learn more about history and other cultures. So, what are you waiting for? Your Tanzania safari is calling!

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