Apr 072009
 

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Many who venture to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro extend their stay to enjoy a safari.  And for good reason – Tanzania is the mecca for wildlife viewing, with national parks, game reserves and conservation areas comprising more than 25% of its land.

The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous park in the world, with the highest concentration of plains game in the world.  Contrary to popular belief, the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti does not only occur over a certain season, but rather it occurs continuously.

As shown in the illustration, the migration follows a clockwise movement throughout the year.  The important part to note is that between August and October, the herd crosses into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.  Therefore, if you are intent on seeing the migration as part of your Northern Tanzania safari, fall is not the ideal time to visit.  Of course, that runs counter to some of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro.  But not to worry, if you do come during the fall, there will still be plenty of animals to see.  Only half of the animal population participates in the migration, meaning half are still available for viewing.  In other words, don’t let it stop you from visiting the Serengeti