Location: Tanzania

When & Where To Go

Perhaps the most frequently asked questions when considering an African safari are, 'When is the best time to go on an African safari?" and "Where is the best place to go on an African safari?"

This is one and the same question, because the best time to go depends on which area you are planning on visiting. I have been on safaris in most of the game rich areas of East and Southern Africa and I believe that Tanzania offers the best overall experience at this time.

My goal is to ensure that you, the tourist, have the most authentic African experience at the most affordable cost. I am focusing most of my safaris on the Southern circuit of Tanzania but also offer itineraries on the Northern circuit. The Southern circuit, which includes Selous, Ruaha, Mikumi and Katavi parks, offers the most stunning herds of large game animals and bird life in an unspoiled and uncrowded environment at an extremely affordable price. This is the authentic African experience.

Safaris are offered year round. The best time for game viewing is during the dry winter season from May through October. At this time temperatures are generally mild, animals are concentrated at rivers and pools, and the vegetation is sparser, allowing for more unobstructed views.

The Northern circuit, which includes the better known parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangarie, is also a stunning environment with huge herds of animals but with significantly greater number of tourists. I do offer itineraries to the Northern circuit as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are truly two of the greatest wildlife spectacles of the world. A safari to the Ngorongoro Crater can be done at any time of the year as most of the animals are resident within the crater, however some of the roads may be impassable after heavy rains. The "Great Migration" is the annual movement of nearly 2 million Wildebeest and Zebras through Tanzania and Kenya. lt is because of this migration that you need to time your visit to this area just right and you will be treated to one of the most extraordinary wildlife spectacles. The migration is driven by seasonal rains that follow a general pattern.

The Wildebeest and Zebras typically spend December to April in Tanzania, in the Southern Serengeti, where they give birth to their calves. They attract high concentrations of predators including Lions, Cheetah and Hyenas.

In about May the animals begin their great migration North towards the Western and Northern Serengeti in search of food and so June and July are the best months to view game in this area. The herds usually cross into Kenya by August and early September and remain in the Masai March until late November.