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10 Reasons Why You Should See The Great Migration Safari in Tanzania

When you think about going to Africa, you instinctively imagine having close encounters with the animals – and not like the ones that we see in the zoo, but actual animals in the wild and even the rarest ones in the planet. Certainly so, this image is spot-on. But, what is even more amazing is the chance to witness the Great Migration safari Tanzania has to offer. An absolute world spectacle,  the Great Migration is an annual event that no one in the world should ever miss. Here are 10 major reasons why:

#10: IT’S A YEAR-ROUND EVENT

You don’t have to worry about having a curbed schedule. If you want to go to Tanzania to witness the Great Migration, even a one- or two-week trip is enough to leave you stunned. You see, migration happens all year round. Millions and thousands of wildebeests, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles, elands, and impalas travel across the vast plains of Serengeti in search of better grazing.
From January through March, you can spot them around the southern Serengeti and the northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is also the time they call “calving season” because hordes of wildebeests are born every day.

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By April, the herds start moving northwest, going through Simba kopjes – a lion territory. As expected, a lot of predator action happens here. By May, the herds move quickly towards the Western Corridor and congregate around the Grumeti River before they cross its crocodile-infested channels in June.

In July, the iconic Mara River crossing starts as well as the wildebeest mating season. By August, the most dramatic and action-packed river crossing ensues. With massive Nile crocodiles and mighty hippos infesting the river, millions of migrants run through the strong river gushes in the hopes of getting to the other side alive. This event is often referred to as the “World Cup of Wildlife” and the world’s greatest spectacle.

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Around late September, you will start to see the surviving migrants around the plains of Masai Mara in Kenya and by late October, they start moving back towards the Serengeti where they arrive in its southern plains by November. In December, the massive herds move towards the Ngorongoro area to begin calving season again. Then the cycle goes on.
You see? There is no dull moment in Tanzania. And no matter how many times you visit, the magic never palls. Since migration activity is not exactly predictable and timing depends on the water resources, you need expert safari guides to bring you to the heart of all the action. See our Great Migration safari tours to give you ideas on the usual safari packages.

#9: ONLY IN EAST AFRICA

There is nowhere else in the world where you can experience such an event. The Great Migration is the largest and longest overland migration in the world featuring over 1.5 million wildebeests, 200,000 zebras and massive herds of gazelles, antelopes, elands and impalas travelling through at least 3,000km each year. All these only in Tanzania and about a month or two in Kenya.

#8: EXQUISITE PHOTOGRAPHY IS GUARANTEED

Tanzania is a rare glimpse of the raw beauty of nature. With its prolific and diverse wildlife plus its impressive landscapes, Tanzania is truly a photographer’s heaven. Imagine being able to capture moments during the Great Migration. With action happening anywhere, every snap of that camera will surely be mind-blowing.
Whether you are an avid Instagrammer who loves revving up his feed or a professional travel photographer who’s taking on a wildlife project or even just a regular tourist with a camera, your photos will surely be stellar.

#7: BABY SEASON

You already know that calving season happens around January through March. Aside from being able to see a lot of cute baby wildebeests, you will also have a chance to see a lot of game. Of course, where there are vulnerable babies, there will be lots of predators lurking around. You will also see protective mothers and adult wildebeests guarding the babies as well as cubs being trained to go for a kill and a lot of opportunistic predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas creeping in.

#6: THRILLING PREDATOR ACTIVITY

The intense predator activity doesn’t only happen during the calving season or the river crossing. All year round, the Serengeti is filled with predators being stealthy, waiting for an opportunity to go for a kill. It’s your chance to have all of these unfold before your very eyes and not just watch them on TV or YouTube.

#5: THERE’S MORE TO SEE THAN THE MIGRATION ITSELF

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Yes, the Great Migration is a sight to behold. But, Tanzania is more than just that. For thousands of years, Tanzania has been known to be one of the best places in the world to see nature and wildlife at its finest. The 947,303 square kilometer country holds some of the most iconic national parks and nature reserves in the world. Each features diverse landscapes and a dense population of wildlife like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara.

For mountain trekkers, you can hike up Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. It is famous for its year-round snow-capped facade and its varied trekking routes for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

The Serengeti alone holds the largest lion prides in the world, 70 other large mammals including elephants, giraffes and leopards, around 20 species of primates and about 500 bird species. It also offers gorgeous vistas and unforgettable safari experiences.

#4: SPECTACULAR PLACES TO STAY IN THE WILD

With a wide variety of accommodation options that would make your Great Migration safari an adventure like no other, Gosheni Safaris can provide you with state-of-the-art lodges or authentic bush camping adventures while you’re at the heart of the drama. You can choose to go on a mobile camp to follow the migration, on a simple cot in the midst of the wild or even in an exclusive luxury lodge with cutting-edge facilities.

#3: HOT AIR BALLOON EXPERIENCE

Yes, hot air ballooning can be experienced elsewhere. The difference is, it’s not in the Serengeti. With an hour’s flight at sunrise over the beautiful plains of the Serengeti, you will be able to view the animals and migration from up high as you float across the savannah. Then, once you land, a bottle of champagne and a gourmet breakfast is waiting for you. The best thing about this is, you get to dine in the bush while a lot of game happens in your background! With a setting that’s nothing short of exceptional, this experience is virtually impossible to miss.

#2: SEVENTH NEW WONDER OF THE WORLD

Lauded as “the greatest wildlife show on earth”, the Great Migration is the new 7th World Wonder. And with all the reasons stated above, it is no surprise why. So, wouldn’t it be remarkable if you’re able to witness such a world spectacle? Besides, how often are you able to drive around a wildlife-ridden savannah?

#1: BUCKETLIST EXPERIENCE

There is absolutely nothing like it on earth. Of course, everyone in the world should be able to experience this world wonder. If you’re ready to tick it off your bucket list, look no further and head out to witness the Great Migration in Tanzania.

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LoveTravel259094
August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
bonny l
bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
thx a lot for the thoughtful and excellent service
highly recommend
FENG Y
FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
Vladimir T
Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
Sukhraj S
Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
Eric W
Eric W
August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
Priyank S
Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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Banu
August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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