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Wildlife in Tanzania

Tanzania offers amazing wildlife viewing. You will find three different safari circuits and each one offers something different. The Big Five are easily seen, as well as other high profile animals. The black rhino is quite rare, but there is a chance you will spot it at the Ngorongoro Crater. One of the best wildlife spectacles in Africa is the wildebeest migration. There are around two million ungulates mainly wildebeest, but you will also find zebra and gazelle moving around the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. A special time to visit is also the wildebeest calving season. Plenty of wildebeest and their calves attract a number of predators, which makes it an ideal time to see some action.

The abundance of big cats can be found in Serengeti, while the endangered African Wild Dog can be easily spotted in Ruaha and Selous. The two best chimpanzee reserves are Mahale and Gombe Steam.

Best time for wildlife viewing

Good wildlife viewing in Tanzania can be found year-round. The wildebeest migration runs from June to July, while the best time to spot the wildebeest calving in the Serengeti is from late January to February. The Dry season which lasts from late June to October is the best time for wildlife viewing. During this time of year in Tanzania, the weather is great and animals gather around waterholes. The Wet season runs from November to May and offers green parks and fewer tourists. Southern and Western circuit parks are not easy to access from March to May because of the rain and some lodges are closed during this period.