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Great Migration River Crossing, Kogatende Serengeti

 

The Mara River in Kogatende Area, Serengeti, is packed full of action in August as massive herds cross for migration. You will experience prime wildlife viewing during a Great Migration safari as tons of different animals from small to large are abundant and full of life during this time of the year. River crossing is at its height in August and lasts until September. The mega herds move non-stop as they follow the rain, and head to greener pastures. You will witness predators running after the crowds as they prey on large animals. The height of action in Kogatende is at its peak during August. Thus, if you want a remarkable safari tour, this is the best time to head to the Mara River.

 

Stone Town, Tanzania

 

August is one of the ideal months to visit Stone Town. With rare rainfall and clear skies, this month is one of the busiest times in this part of Tanzania as many tourists head to this destination. There are tons of things to see and do in Stone Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will fall in love with the area’s unique culture, and rich history, which have been preserved and can be seen mostly at the town’s architectures. Shop at bazaars, eat local cuisine and explore historic sites, which will all add to your remarkable Tanzanian experience. The Forodhani Gardens is a staple of a Stone Town tour, where you can see famous ruins of the Arab Fort, the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders. Near the area is a food market, where you can relax as you discover the cuisine of Swahili and Zanzibari. From Stone Town, you can have a quick beach trip to Prison Island as well as other great Zanzibar beaches. It’s only a 20-minute board ride from town, which is also the home of giant tortoises. The island’s fine sand and clear water are perfect for a swim.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

 

The pride of Uganda is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s the home of more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, which makes Uganda a popular destination for gorilla tracking. The park is a protected UNESCO world heritage site where different varieties of wildlife, breath-taking sceneries, and rich flora and fauna can be found. You can experience hours with a gorilla family in their natural habitat in this destination. Birdwatching is also a favorite activity at the park where you can encounter about 350 species of birds such as the Short-tailed Warbler and the Blue-headed Sunbird. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also possesses rivers and waterfalls that will stun you away. Trekking, hiking, and guided walks are the main activities in this destination. Different trails offer varying sceneries and experiences. The Muyanga Waterfall Walk is one of the many paths that will let you cross the River Ivi-Nkuringo until you reach the majestic waterfalls with plummeting waters from 33 meters high. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park highlights primate life and numerous trails, which is many hikers include the park to their list when they visit Uganda.

 

Lake Manyara National Park

 

The Lake Manyara National Park is alive in August, which means herds of animals gather near bodies of water. A dry season also implies you have a high chance of encountering wildlife everywhere you go, as animals roam free around the park and near the lakes. We suggest you plan your African safari adventure during this time of year as accommodation rates are cheaper in lodges like Lake Manyara Serena lodge and Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp due to a fewer number of tourists than earlier in the year. August also gives way to unique landscapes because trees like acacia and baobab fully flourish for this season. The fields are painted with hues of green due to the abundance of vegetation, which makes stunning photos for your getaway. In August, however, is a cold climate. Hence, make sure to bring warm clothes to keep you comfy especially during the night.