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Tanzania Migration Safari

The annual migration of wildebeest through Tanzania and into nearby Kenya is a wildlife spectacle unlike any other. As many as 1.6 million animals make the trek each year, looking for food, water, and a place to raise their young. As the rainy season comes and green grass grows, they travel along its path, following the same route taken by generations before them.

Starting in January each year, the wildebeest gather near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. They spread out over the vast grassy plains to have their young, and feast on the new grass provided by the annual rains. As spring turns into summer and the rains end, the herds move on, heading north towards the Grumeti River, where they wait to cross. When the time is right, the herd swims across, dispersing out across the Northern Serengeti and continuing north. By summer's end, they are near Kenya, preparing to make the perilous crossing at the Mara River, risking injury or death from the river's large crocodile population. Once in Kenya, they enter the Masai Mara Game Reserve to spend the fall months, before starting the journey south to begin the cycle again.

From Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Oldupai Gorge, from Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria, Tanzania is a nature and wildlife feast for the senses. Elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, wildebeests, buffalo, zebra, primates, more than 260 species of birds, and countless others—all make their home in Tanzania. Safari game drives here are a life-changing experience. The chance to see animals living free and unencumbered— predator and prey, fulfilling the circle of life. Every foray into the bush brings opportunities to see and photograph animals of all kinds, up close—from the safety of a 4x4 vehicle— and accompanied by expert guides, trackers and expedition leaders.

The animals you see and what behaviors they exhibit will depend on when and where you visit. But Tanzania is teeming with a rich variety of wildlife, so whenever and wherever you go, it will be the experience of a lifetime.

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