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A magical green-season safari in Tanzania

While Tanzania is best known for being home to the iconic Serengeti plains, the Serengeti can be known for peak season crowds especially concentrated around river crossings and migratory herds.

However, we see the Serengeti as a 10-month destination with lots of options for off-peak travel which offers great value, expanded access to unique wilderness areas and a wider variety of activities.

Tanzania is iconic for open savannah teeming with wildlife. Home to some of the most famous wildlife areas in the world, your journey through Tanzania will fill you with wonder at nature’s diversity. 

There’s no better time to witness the fauna of Tanzania than during its “green season”. Instead of water supplies being scarce and the topography being bare and dry, Tanzania blooms into a lush paradise. The sky sustains misty grey clouds, but luminous golden light glistens through, making for some of the best lighting for photo opportunities.

Since green season is also the birthing season, there is an abundance of wildlife as you’ll behold babies are cuddling their mothers and learning to taking their first steps. And the overall gratification of having the wilderness to yourself since there are far fewer visitors during green season, allows for you to have a more extensive and meaningful experience.

You can enjoy a few nights in Tarangire National Park, amid a grove of Acacia and Kigelia trees not far from the banks of the Tarangire River. Safaris in Tarangire are all about getting you right out there, as the park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system.

Your next stop would be at the Ngorongoro Crater region where you can enjoy views into both the Crater and the Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Conservation Authority area is part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem as it adjoins the Serengeti National Park merging into the Southern Plains. The south and west of the area are volcanic highlands, giving you the unique chance to view wildlife on top of an inactive volcano.

Finally, you can end your trip with a spectacular finish at Lamai Serengeti where there are panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and it’s just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. The northern Serengeti area is a lush, rolling grassland and tree-lined watercourses.

Unlike the southern plains of the Serengeti that dry out, forcing all but the hardiest of species to leave, this area remains lush and green. There’s a collective sigh of relief from the resident game when the one and a half million migrating wildebeest – and the madness that follows them – leave town for a few months. The resident game in this area is truly spectacular!

Tanzania is for sure a destination hot spot during the dry season of July to October, but this country boasts lesser-known gems during its green months. For those who have already seen the migration or want a more low-key, intimate experience, the green season is a must-do.

After the short rains during November and December, you can expect a safari bursting with lush greens, beautiful colours, and, as always in Tanzania, exceptional wildlife!

The Great Migration heads down to the southern plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area from January until March, in anticipation for giving birth. With the huge herds come predators in abundance, making this an incredibly exciting and action-packed time to enjoy nature at its best. Enjoy authentic, exclusive, and excellent properties with fantastic locations to ensure you get a front-row seat.

For further information, please do feel free to contact Nicola directly or at The Explorations Company for further inspiration and unforgettable safaris and holidays to Africa, Asia, and Latin America

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