This stunning country contains a kaleidoscope of landscapes, wildlife and people that is infinite in variety. Endless stretches of grasslands are teeming with herds of game; lion and cheetah stalk through the tall dry grass and Masai herdsman dance in the warm hues of sunset. Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain with its snow-capped peak, rises out of the savannah plains.
A land of plains, lakes and mountains with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country. The bulk of the country is a highland plateau, some of it semi-desert and the rest savannah and scattered bush. The highest mountains – Meru and Kilimanjaro – are in the north-east along the border with Kenya. The altitude of the high plateau considerably tempers what would otherwise be a tropical climate. In many places it can be quite cool at night. The coastal strip along the Indian Ocean and the offshore islands of Pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia has a hot, humid, tropical climate alleviated by sea breezes. Only on the mountain slopes of the north-east does the country enjoy an almost temperate climate for most of the year.
Time to travel
The long rainy season is typically from mid-March to May when it rains almost every day, but it is worth enduring the rain for the Wildebeest Migration. There’s also a short rainy season from November to January, which consists mostly of showers.
Unique experience – the Wildebeest Migration
The vast plains of East Africa (Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti) play host to the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the great Wildebeest Migration. Without dressing anything else up, the great animal migration is one of the most unique experiences that a person will ever have! In most travel guides, articles and books, seeing the Wildebeest Migration is listed as one of the top things to put on your bucket list – why not put it on yours! Millions of animals – wildebeest, gazelles, zebras – migrate annually thousands of kilometres each year on an endless pilgrimage in search of food and water that is nothing short of spectacular! Even Africans, used to wildlife at our doorstep, are mesmerised by the lines of migrating animals on their path to find food.
The wildebeest congregate on the short grass plains on the southern Serengeti in Jan, Feb & March. Here they calf and exercise the new born. After the April / May rains they start the migration towards the north and the Masai Mara. November / December the trek returns to the south, so the cycle can start again.
Ngorongoro Crater – Eight Wonder of the World
Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.
Why book your African Safari in Tanzania with Falcon Africa Safaris?
Founded in 1990, Falcon Africa Safaris is owner-run, and has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise over two decades.
- We know when to send you to the Migration, and the best time and place for a family safari on a beach break.
- Falcon Africa Safaris knows what type of accommodation best suits your needs. 365 days of the year, we will assist in booking your dream African safari package.
- Our selection of accommodation will place you in the middle of the Migration at the best time of year to experience it. You won’t end up at a lodge five hours from the Wildebeest Migration, in the rainy season.
- We know how to maximise the time you have for your ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip. We offer fly-in packages for those with limited time available, or overland safaris for those wanting to experience the vast expense of Tanzania.
- We specialise in a large variety of add-on trips in Tanzania – from the exotic spice island of Zanzibar to the ‘bush-and-beach’ lodges offering you the best of both worlds, to the World Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater – the list is endless.