Tanzania: Truly Worthy of Wonder

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Tanzania Wildebeests
The Serengeti wildebeest is always on the move in search of grass and water. It is estimated they make a migratory circle of 500-1000 miles each year.

Wild, Wooly, and Wonderful Tanzania

By Donnie Sexton
GoNOMAD Senior Writer

As defined by the dictionary, wonder is a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.

Plenty of wonder is a guarantee on an African safari, especially if you’re headed to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

The brilliantly colored Superb Starling can be found around the picnic areas in the Serengeti, hopping about for a crumb or two of someone's lunch.
The brilliantly colored Superb Starling can be found around the picnic areas in the Serengeti, hopping about for a crumb or two of someone’s lunch.

Exploring the Serengeti requires long days of game drives to explore the 12,000 sq. miles of land, including the Serengeti National Park and several game reserves.

There are around 70 mammals and over 500 bird species in the Serengeti, so you never know what you’ll find at any given moment.

A highlight is witnessing the seasonal migration of zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests as they move across the Acacia plains in search of water and grass.

Game Drives in Tanzania

The average 10-hour drive takes place over bumpy, gravel, and dirt roads.

There are bathroom and lunch breaks at designated areas within the Serengeti.

Otherwise, you stay put in safari vehicles, where the top pops up to give passengers the ability to stand and observe or photograph the critters.

The key to a successful safari is bringing plenty of patience, having like-minded travel companions, and traveling with a guide that knows the Serengeti and understands animal behavior like the back of their hand.

I’ve found packing a few snacks (candy corn is my go-to) enhances the day.

Migrating Wildebeests

I was fortunate on an August safari to witness the wildebeests migrating across the Mara River. We watched as the herds gathered up on high banks above the river.

Our guide pointed out that our vehicle needed to stay somewhat hidden away from the river so as not to scare these skittish ungulates.

Once the wildebeests jumped off the bank into the river, our truck raced at the speed of lightning to the edge of the bank to watch the noisy stampede.

My recommendation for a reliable company to travel with is Plains to Peak African Adventures  www.plainstopeak.com.

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