Best time to go on Safari in Northern Tanzania
The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra is a truly remarkable wildlife show and worth planning for. The best time to witness the migration is probably February – March when the wildebeest and zebra have their young, but also you can still enjoy the migration throughout the year.
The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, and impala. These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. They migrating throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and, it’s now thought, better quality water. The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.
January: Herds spread to graze across the southern Serengeti’s lush short-grass plains
February: Migration they spread out across the short-grass plains; most calf in a 2-3 week window
March: Migration still spread over the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Loliondo, and NCA
April: Migration herds start migrating north, through Moru Kopjes and Seronera -Central Serengeti areas.
May: Migration the migration heads north through Seronera towards the Western Corridor Serengeti wildebeest migration
June: Migration herds mass in the western corridor, bunching before crossing the Grumeti River
July: Some cross the Grumeti & head through Grumeti Reserve; others head north in the park
August: Migration herds pass through Ikorongo and into the far north-west of the Serengeti national park.
September: Herds in the north of Serengeti National Park & in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
October: Grazing in the far north of the Serengeti – and across in the Mara Serengeti wildebeest migration.
November: Migration moving south through Loliondo, on the east side of the Serengeti National Park.
December: Migration arriving on the east side of the Serengeti of the short-grass plains, in time for the rains.
Not only can you enjoy seeing baby animals, but the predators are at the highest number too. Because the herds also concentrate in the south of the Serengeti, it’s easy to plan your wildlife viewing in that area. For more on the migration Tanzania is still worth visiting during the shoulder season, you’ll be able to witness some wonderful wildlife, undisturbed by other tourists.
The Northern parks include the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. You can see more wildlife you thought possible and enjoy several different parks with unique features. The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is where you can witness the incredible migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra — followed enthusiastically by their predators. You should budget at least 5 days for a decent safari. Northern Tanzania is home to several tribes most notably the Maasai and the Hadzabe.