The most popular safaris in Tanzania (and the least expensive) usually include several parks in the North of the country. Since you can fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (situated between the towns of Arusha and Moshi) you can also avoid spending too much time in urban areas and get into the bush as quickly as possible. Many safari goers these days are as interested in visiting local tribes as they are spotting the “Big Five”. Most safaris will include a visit to a Maasai village, school or an organized hunt with the local Hadzabe.
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 through out 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.
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.