A Southern Circuit itinerary is best organised in the dry season (beginning of July to end of October) when wildlife viewing is easier and the weather is more predictable. At this time of year, the game viewing can be excellent and slightly less crowded than Northern Tanzania. At most of the lodges, you can also do further activities such as game walks, boating, and bird watching. The Southern parks can give you a sense of being more off the beaten track, and the wildlife is more hidden amongst the thickets, offering a nice sense of adventure.
Our itinerary presents the combined highlights of parks in Southern Tanzania, but you can also do any of the parks individually. Let us know which parks appeal most to you.
After breakfast fly back to Dar es Salaam
End of your safari.
Climate from June to October: the dry months, ideal in the Southern Circuit parks because drier conditions mean animals congregate around smaller waterholes and the grasses are shorter making wildlife viewing easier. The risk of malaria is also quite a bit lower than other times of the year.
Climate from November to May: the rainy season, when bird life is abundant and the landscape is lush but roads can become un-passable and muddy. Heat and humidity are quite high, and wildlife viewing is more difficult due to higher grasses.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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