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botswana The infamous migration of millions of wildebeest and Zebra in search of fresh grasses.
south_africa_holidayHot Air balloons over the plains below.

Opulent Africa Ltd are a UK based Serengeti Safari Operator.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The Serengeti National Park of Tanzania is one of the most famous safari locations in the World as it is annually stages an amazing wildlife event known as the Great Migration.

The Serengeti eco system is one of oldest on the Planet and the essential features still exist today as they did a million years ago. The National Park is one of the oldest conservation areas covering almost 18,000 km² of rolling grassland plains, savannah, riverine forest and woodland. The area was designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 and the exceptional diverse wildlife and stunning scenery brings many visitors back time and time again.

During recurring course of the annual Great Migration it is estimated that over a million wildebeest and some 200,000 zebra move south to Tanzania’s southern plains to enjoy the bounty of short rains every October and November before turning west and north after the long rains, towards the border with Kenya.

Visitors for whom witnessing the migration is the intended highlight of their safari holiday should take care to fully investigate location and month of travel to avoid disappointment. The excitement surrounding the journey of these great herds are not however confined to the crossing points of the Grumeti River or infamous Mara River as they travel on their ancient route from Tanzania into the Masai Mara Game Reserve of Kenya, although there are some excellent key vantage points close to these locations. Earlier in the year the calving of the massive herds on the historic birthing grounds further south in the Seronera Valley, before they commence their journey towards neighbouring Kenya, is also a spectacle to behold.

After calving in the early months of the year the wildebeest, zebra leave behind the short grass plains in the south, which have dried to dust in the heat and push northwards up through the western corridor in search of fresh grazing. Along their journey they are shadowed by the great predators, lion, leopard and cheetah that watch and wait for the opportunity to seize a calf by disturbing and decimating the herd formation.

The plains game has become a straggling herd numbering many thousands when they reach the Mara River in early July and despite the dangers ahead are driven by a primal instinct to cross the river to reach the sweet grasses of the Masai Mara. Even with some safety in numbers many do not make the crossing having either been taken by the big cats before they reach the river bank or by the stealthy crocodiles that have massed here to coincide with this activity.

After an eventful stay at a camp with good access to a view of the path of the Great Migration you may wish to continue your safari by visiting some of northern Tanzania’s other superb wildlife areas such as Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park or the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is home to the Ngoronogoro Crater. Following the heat and dust of a game viewing safari the palm fringed beaches and cooling breezes blowing off the Indian Ocean may beckon and a stay on the coast or Zanzibar will complete a wonderful Tanzanian holiday.

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