Tanzania and Kenya
The Serengeti, one of the oldest ecosystems on earth, is Africa’s No. 1 World Heritage site. It has barely changed since early humans first appeared about 2 million year ago, a fact that remained unknown until Louis and Mary Leakey began excavation work in the Olduvai Gorge in the 1950s. It remains an important region for the study of human origins, but what brings in the Land Rovers packed with wide-eyed nature lovers and shutterbugs is the grandest of all wildlife shows: the great migration.
In Tanzania, the Serengeti region encompassed Serengeti National Park, most of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, and the Loliondo, Grumeti, and Ikorogo Controlled Areas as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Every year, more than 1.5 million wildebeests circle these vast grasslands in order to graze and calve, starting in the northern hills of the Mara in November, then chasing the rains south and lingering for months in the summer. Zebras, thompson’s gazelles, and other ungulates join in, creating endless, teeming vistas of animals.
The Serengeti – Masai for “flat endless plains” – is home to a number of beautiful wilderness properties scattered over its 10,000 square miles. Among the very best of these is Singita’sGrumeti Reserves, which is made up of three handsomely designed lodges: The nine stunning contemporary suites at the FaruFaru Lodge are the picture of laid-back rustic elegance; while Sabira Tented Camp, with nine luxury tents, evokes the golden age of safaris with antique chests and Persian rugs; Sasakwa Lodge’s nine breathtaking cottage and villa were built in the style of an Edwardian manor.
Since the path and timing of the migration are not entirely predictable, Nomad Tanzania offers two luxurious mobiles lodges: the Serengeti Safari Camp, with six tents, and NduaraLoliondo, with six yurts. But move to follow the migration animals and either one can give you the chance to be right there where the action is.
WHERE : Northwest Tanzania.
BEST TIME : Wildlife abounds throughout the Serengeti year-round. Jun- Jul are typically good months for the migration in the Grumeti Reserves.