For most of us, going on safari in Africa can and will be a unique experience. So, if you want to make sure you have the best experience in searching for lions, elephants, giraffes, antelopes and other large animals on this beautiful continent, the tips we will provide you with below will certainly be useful.
Great migration, a beautiful phenomenon
Great Migration refers to the largest land migration in the world and takes place every year, between January and March. Every year, millions of zebras, antelopes and birds migrate into the plains of East Africa. They are moving from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, in search of better pastures.
Some of the best African safari opportunities are found here, on a landscape made up of volcanic fields and vast open fields, here and there, of rivers, forests and rocky outcrops.
This migration is, in fact, a process that takes place throughout the year; in practice, it never stops. The animals move from south to north and back continually, going through a loop that never ends. However, during the first three months of the year, the great migration mainly attracts the interest of the people, then the phenomenon is really spectacular. About 1.2 million animals can be observed pointing in the same direction, taking part in an event that seems to be synchronized. Not surprisingly, the Serengeti Great Migration has been the subject of dozens of geographical documentations.
The river crossings are very dangerous and spectacular at the same time. The animals gather to force the waters of the Grumeti River in Tanzania and the Mara River in Kenya, both of which have strong currents and predatory crocodiles. But crocodile attacks on zebras and antelopes are not for the faint of heart; however, they represent, without a doubt, some of the most dramatic encounters with wild animals in Africa.
Migratory herds attract other well-known predators of the continent, so tourists coming on safari during the Great Migration have the opportunity to see not only crocodiles, but also hyenas and big cats, such as lions, cheetahs and leopards.
The Big Five, the largest and most amazing animals on the African continent
The Big Five refers to a group of endemic animals in Africa, said to be the hardest to hunt. And because they are extremely powerful and dangerous, it is always exciting to approach them by car during a safari, to hear them, to observe how they behave in their natural habitat and to photograph them. The 5 largest animals are the African lion, the African leopard, the African elephant, Cape Buffalo (buffalo head) and the black rhinoceros. The latter, unfortunately, may be the hardest to find because of the smaller number of copies in life.
Locating the five great animals is probably the biggest goal for tourists going on safari. Of course, there are small chances of seeing them all in one day. But there are many other animals that are worth discovering and which make the African safari incredible. Some tourists are more excited to see hippos or giraffes, while others love to look closely at the beautiful flamingo birds!
All these wonders of nature offer immense pleasure to the lucky ones who have the opportunity to approach them!
If you haven’t been on a safari yet, we hope this article inspires you and adds this experience to your bucket list. And if you intend to go on safari in the near future, the information above will certainly be useful to you!