The Great Migration: A Storybook Tanzania Adventure

February 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

There are very few times in life that you will get to experience something out of a storybook or fairytale. The great migration in southern Africa (of zebra, wildebeest [gnu], and other antelope) gives you the opportunity to experience an authentic storybook example of Tanzania adventure.

All the World’s a Stage

This famous quote by William Shakespeare is exemplified year after year on the plains of the Serengeti.

The great migration actually happens in a series of stages. What you see depends on the time of year that you schedule your Tanzania adventure. At the height of the drive, more than two million animals will make their way from Tanzania to Kenya, but the buildup to this amazing crescendo is calving season.

Calving season starts in January when the southern and northern herds come together with newborn calves and begin moving toward more plentiful supplies of food and water. It will take several months for the caravans of wildlife to move westward. While on trek, it’s not uncommon to see columns as long as 25 miles moving in search of greener pastures.

You’re not the only one paying particularly close attention to this move west. Predators also keep a close eye on the movement and grazing patterns of the herd. During this leg of the migration, you will likely see a true-to-life Tanzania adventure as predators frequently attack the weaker, slower, sick, or injured animals in the herd.

The rain and drought patterns in the region aren’t the only things that keep the herd moving. Hyenas, cheetahs, and lions remain a motivating factor.

Front Row for the Final Act

By July or August, the most active part of the great migration is set to begin.

Herds from all different directions converge on the open plains of the Serengeti. Once there, they have to break for the Mara River and cross into Kenya. They will call Kenya home until October or November when the rainy season prompts them to head south and breed once more. After a short rainy season, the cycle begins again.

You can bear witness to this reoccurring Tanzania adventure by booking your trip at the best time of year to see it unfold in its many stages. Zara Tours can put you in the middle of the action with accommodations, meals, and transportation…all included in the price of your trip. All you have to do is decide when you want to come be a part of this yearly event.

If you’ve already missed the part that you want to see most this year, don’t worry, you can make plans to travel next year. A trip like this means timing is everything, so the sooner you know what it is you want to see, the better your chances of catching a glimpse.

Just remember, the great migration does not come with exact dates or guarantees so it is very important that you speak to a Tanzanian travel expert before finalizing your trip. Their expertise will ensure that you get the most out of your Tanzania adventure.

Zara Tours is the premier provider of Tanzanian adventure vacations and trips

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