After the excitement of finding the migration herds, comes the rare chance to leave the crowds and clusters of vehicles behind, and visit some of the best (and most secluded) wildlife destinations in East Africa.
The western Serengeti offers year-round prolific game viewing – large resident lion prides, big herds of buffalo, daily elephant sightings, topi, eland and other game, plus the singular opportunity to see black and white colobus monkeys.
To the north-east, the 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) private concession area of &Beyond Klein’s Camp brings to the viewing table an exclusive feast of wildlife viewings that is dominated by the big-cat predators. Here you will have the opportunity to do exclusive signature activities such as walks and night drives.
Lake Manyara, a jewel of the Great Rift Valley, is a tranquil space where you can enjoy the soft light of the lake reflecting off the dramatic scenery of the valley all the while looking for lions in the trees, a treasure-trove of birds, and the pink extravaganza of seasonal flamingoes.
The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bucket-list destination, is always a must-see wildlife highlight.
With the diversity of habitats, this is a perfect time to combine a safari in the western Serengeti with its grassy rolling hills, ever-present lion, and few vehicles and herds of topi and eland gather in their 1000’s with the southern contrast of dry expansive plains, where the wildebeest and zebra mega-herds gather for the calving season, and where our Serengeti Under Canvas Camp is perfectly positioned to capture this sighting.
It’s also a great time to include a visit to Lake Manyara, as this is the season when migrating flamingoes colour the waters, and other wildlife is drawn to the shores.
With Serengeti Under Canvas now in the southern plains, a road transfer to/from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is another highlight option.
April is rainy season in Tanzania, but offers the double bonus of lower rates and rare exclusivity. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the paired wildlife wonders of Ngorongoro Crater and Klein’s Camp, without the seasonal rush of people and vehicles.
May - June
After the rains, comes the transformation. The western Serengeti plains are now green and lush, and covered in wild flowers. They’re also in easy reach of the migrating herds moving through to the central Serengeti. Carpets of flowers in the Ngorongoro Crater echo this explosion of beauty. During these months it is possible to watch and contemplate the wildlife sightings without volumes of people and vehicles.
June - July
This is the time when the migrating wildebeest of the Great Migration throng the Western Corridor, with their attentive entourage of predators, and run the gauntlet of the Grumeti River crocodiles. If ever there was a time to view the Serengeti from a hot air balloon, this is it. This unparalleled experience combines perfectly with some time on the private concession of &Beyond Klein’s Camp, where bush walks and night drives offer exclusive signature wildlife experiences.
August - September
Now is a great time to combine the diverse habitats and safari experiences of the western and northern Serengeti – from the adrenaline-charged sightings of the Kogatende River migrational crossings, to the focused exclusivity of the game-rich Northern Serengeti. Lake Manyara is yet another rewarding option in these months with the perennial splendour of the Great Rift Valley, and pink clouds of returning flamingoes. Don’t forget to look out for this region’s all-season rock stars – the tree climbing lions!
October - November
Predator action is a highlight of these dry months, and wildlife sightings are prolific as animals are drawn close to the rivers and riverbeds in search of water. The Grumeti River waters around the &Beyond Grumeti and Klein’s Camps hold the (sometimes empty) promise of water, and it is here that game will come in these arid months. This is also a time of sunrise and sunset superlatives, and lantern-lit dinners under the stars are simply sensational.
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