Massive herds of zebra and wildebeest in long strings winding across the plains; chaotic river crossings during The Great Migration; lodges perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater; mini-vans with cameras poking out of the sunroofs surrounding a cheetah perched on a mound – these are all images that are conjured up when we think about Tanzania. And yes, you can see all of these, but there are alternate ways to experience them that won’t put you lens to lens with dozens of other tourists.
All of our travel consultants at Rothschild Safaris love seeking out the adventures and experiences to be had year round in the various Tanzanian destinations. This allows us to plan the perfect trip for our travelers, regardless of when their work and school schedules allow. The trick is to include the experiences that define a trip to Tanzania without feeling like you are one of the masses.
Melanie recently traveled to Tanzania and wanted to share some of the insights from her trip. Let’s start to debunk those myths of the Serengeti….
You are traveling half way around the world for the game viewing. Yes, you will have fantastic game viewing. No, you do not need to go during the peak months to witness The Great Migration. Not everyone can travel in August and September, which is when you’ll have a chance to witness a river crossing. Do you need to? No, as there is still game everywhere, any time during the year and at Rothschild Safaris we maximize your game viewing experience depending on what time of year you can travel. In addition to all of the wildlife interactions, there is stunning landscape in the Serengeti; especially in the Central Serengeti. The kopjes and magnificent views over vast open plains dotted with acacia trees are a highlight for photographers.
While we don’t send clients to Tanzania during the rainy season (April-May), we know which areas of the Serengeti, which camps and what other national parks are optimal in any given month and plan your itinerary accordingly.
My next blog post will focus on the Western Corridor and Grumeti Reserve area of the Serengeti and the diversity of activities that be experienced at the camps and lodges there.