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Tanzania - Serengeti Migration Safari

Situated in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti ecosystem spans approximately 12,000 square miles across the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The Serengeti Migration Safari explores the area of Piyaya, a remote and little visited part of the Serengeti ecosystem to the east within the Loliondo Controlled Area, where the landscape is rugged with open, sweeping grasslands interspersed with striking granite kopjes.

Adjoining the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Loliondo Controlled Area is teeming with magnificent wildlife on the eastern corridor of the Serengeti and offers an adventurous horseback safari; an incredible opportunity to indulge your sense of adventure off the beaten track.

You will be riding through Maasai territory, where these nomadic tribes have been hunting and herding for thousands of years. Influenced by the Maasai lifestyle, which focuses on animal and environmental protection, these areas are amongst the wildest in Tanzania and Kenya.

For the last four years, the migration has been passing through the Piyaya area between January to the end of March. The safari has been timed to give you the best chance of seeing the migration of wildebeest from the Maasai Mara back to the grassy plains of the Serengeti. However, not all animals participate in this migration, and so the game is plentiful all year round.

Game sightings can never be guaranteed, but along with the possibility of seeing the wildebeest migration there should be plenty of other game spread across plains with zebra, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles and impala all following the grass in the wake of the rainy season. You may also see small herds of elephant, Cape buffalo, topi and waterbuck, as well as Masai giraffe, eland and hartebeest, jackal, caracal, and primates including baboons, vervet and colobus monkeys.

There is incredible bird life; imposing ostrich and Secretary birds, colourful bee-eaters and rollers, many types of raptors, and the ‘Go-away bird’ with its distinct call.

The area is particularly known for sightings of cheetah, drawn by the prevalent plains game, as well as other predators such as such as hyena, leopard, and lion, often heard calling at night as you relax around the campfire. 

As well as at least one game drive into the Serengeti National Park, night game drives with a spotlight are also included on safari. It is an excellent area for nocturnal game such as bat-eared fox, bush babies, hyrax, genet cat, porcupine, and perhaps aardvark, aardwolf and civet.

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Tanzanian Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:
Be prepared for some exciting riding on this migration safari and some wonderful moments. Sharing your campsite with huge herds of wildebeeste and their young is an experience not to be missed.
My top tip:
It is very important to wear long sleeved shirts and to take sunscreen along as the African sun is extremely strong and can cause sunstroke. Keep yourself rehydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Call: 01299 272 237 | email: chris@inthesaddle.com
 
 

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