Nothing compares to seeing hundreds of wildebeest thundering by in unison across the plains. The best time to visit the Serengeti is between October and July before the wildebeest return to Kenya’s Masai Mara around August. Note however that the migration is a fluid affair: not only is its precise timing subject to each year’s rainfall pattern but the herds move around the Serengeti depending on the time of year.
2. Bird watching – try any of the amazing parks for great diversity in the bird life.
There are bigger and wilder parks but if you want some of the easiest and most rewarding game viewing in East Africa, a Ngorongoro Crater safari won’t disappoint.
A can’t-miss destination on Tanzania’s star-studded Northern Safari Circuit, the Ngorongoro Crater offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera. Home to some 30 000 animals, the crater’s surprisingly diverse habitats are revealed on an Ngorongoro safari on all-day guided game drives; the scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it’s not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.
4. Camp out under a canopy of stars and trace constellations in the sky with the light of a lazer.
5. Meet the Maasai and spend a night in a Maasai village learning about their culture and traditions.
6. Go on an early morning game drive and look for lions – their coats look best when lit up by the gentle glow of dawn’s rays.
7. Photograph a little lion cub – they’re the best posers for your camera!
8. Stare up, face to face with an elephant, and realise the immensity of these age-old mammals.
9. Dine out under a Serengeti sunset or sit around a campfire and sink into the night.
10. Spot cape buffalo – not easy to sight when they’re wearing their camouflage kit!