July has been a spectacular month for our clients! The wildebeest and zebra herds are following a normal pattern of movement and they have arrived in the northwest Serengeti and to the Mara River. This area of the Serengeti is at a slightly higher elevation (around 6,000 feet above sea level) and the water in the Mara, Grumeti and Sand Rivers attracts all mammals at this time of the year. While this is called the ‘dry season’ the northern Serengeti has slightly more rainfall than in the southern and central Serengeti and food/water are the impetus for all aspects of the migration throughout the annual search for food and water. There have been enormous river crossings on some days but the sheer volume of wildebeest has been overwhelming to our guests. Some of our travelers were lucky enough to witness hundreds of thousands of wildebeest pass through the Kogatende area of northwest Serengeti. Contrary to what many people believe, the majority of the herd remains in the Serengeti all year round and during the period of time for the river crossings, almost 70% of the herd remains in the Serengeti due to the nutritious grass and large amount of grazing area that are available due to the outstanding management of the Serengeti National Park.
One of our guests mentioned that while this is his second trip to Tanzania he will definitely be planning his return in the near future. Although as he said “we have been to the same places but it feels like we see things for the first time again”. Our clients had the greatest praise for their safari guides and one group even wrote to their travel agent on the second day saying “we have never had such a fantastic guide on any trip ever.” Our sales team take great care to select the best accommodations for each set of guests, matching your interests and budget to the best locations for seeing the maximum amount of wildlife.