Our favorite months - In February and March, the southern Serengeti and NCA are home to the large herds and thousands of their new-born young. This area is huge and the herds can be spread out over tens of miles. For the predators (large and small) this is a time of plenty and each day brings several exciting interaction between the hunters and the hunted, including the elusive wild dogs in our secret areas!
The herds move NW towards the western Serengeti. Some lines are so long it appears never-ending. Big herds can still be seen but they move quickly - more than 20 miles in a night! But in June the areas around Moru Kopjes and into the Western Serengeti are the places to be - making June our 3rd favorite month!
What about October to January?
December and January are hybrid months - if November and December were blessed with good rains the woodlands will have large tsetse concentrations and zebras in particular prefer the safety of the open plains so they will lead the way to the plains where they will reduce the grass much to the liking of the wildebeest and eventually the Thomson gazelles. During rainy periods, the herds may well move quickly to the Ndutu area in the south. From there they will move great distances in all directions until they drop their young (have to stay put for a few weeks).
How about cats and other predators?
Lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, crocodiles and wild dogs are best seen in Kenya and Tanzania. Sure, one can see crocodiles and lion in Uganda but they are not so active and numerous as in the other countries.
Cheetah and leopard are commonly seen in at least 10 parks yet every sighting is exciting! They always attract plenty of vehicles so the challenge is to track them in areas that are not on the popular tourist tracks! I will show you where to go!
Wild dogs are the most sought-after predator sighting. They are completely unpredictable and move enormous distances in search of prey. Yet, I have been extremely lucky with wild dogs over the years (as my videos show) and my clients are benefitting from my knowledge and interest in wild dogs.
How about gorillas and chimpanzees?
Uganda (gorillas and chimpanzees), Rwanda (gorillas and some chimpanzees) and Tanzania (chimpanzees) are home to most of the primates.
Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa Oryx, generuk, and Somali ostrich are considered exotic species because they are seen only in certain areas. Laikipia and Samburu are certainly the places to go to see them!
Rhino is another very special sighting. There are a few rhino sanctuarys (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) where sightings are almost guaranteed but to see them elsewhere and completely in the wild takes luck and good planning! I can help you with this!
How about combining a safari with a visit to the beaches of East Africa?
What are your favorite animals you hope to see on your wildlife safari?
Proceed to Decision 4. Safari Vehicles!