A walking tour is a historical or cultural site undertaken on foot, frequently in an urban setting. Short times can last under an hour, while longer ones can take in multiple sits and last a full day or more. A tour guide can lead a walk as an escort.
Walking tours of various kinds and lengths are universally part of the tourism industry and worldwide. A walking tour is generally distinguished from an escorted tour by its size and the employment of tour guides and can be under 12 hours or last for a week or more. The guides who know the sites or the landscape covered on tour and explanations and interpretations of the site can cover a range of subjects, including places with historical, cultural, and artistic significance.
The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous and well known for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.
The name “Serengeti” derives from the Maasai word “Siringiti,” meaning “endless plains.” When most people think of safari and the Serengeti, they envision scenes of the Great Migration, complete with an image of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest stampeding through the croc-infested waters of the Mara River. Indeed, the annual migration of millions of animals, predominately. It is the grandest spectacle of wildlife in Africa. However, they envision the accurate Great Migration, a column of wildebeest 24 miles( 40km) long, trudging across the plains two or three abreast, all on the move searching for fresh, green grass. Now imagine that it takes more than two weeks for that column of animals to cross a single spot. Image them bunched together in protective her, or giving birth, or scrambling bin panic to escape the jaws of snapping crocodile. Image lions and hyenas are prowling the scene searching for the weakest animal or the lone straggler separated from its herd. Only now have you visualized the magnificent phenomenon that is the Great Serengeti Migration.
Over 2 million migrating animals participate in this annual journey: 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebra, and 300,000 gazelles accompanied by various goals: to find fresh, green grass. Consequently, the Great Migration took place year-round. Prey and predator follow a relatively predictable but variable annual cycle dependent on rainfall and the abundance of green grass. Depending on your location and the time of the year, safari-goers may see the file columns or traversing muddy rivers.
The following is a general guide to the route and timing of the annual migration. However, it must be stress that the timing is subject to rainfall patterns and cannot be predicted. There are no fences in the Serengeti ecosystem- the herds follow ancient survival instincts that are no match for the predictability. The annual cycle begins in the southern Serengeti; half a million calves are born between January and March. However, when the rains end and the land dries, the migration herds start to move clockwise towards the Maasai Mara region via western Corrido and Grummet River. When the short rains arrive, the herds move into the northernmost sections of the Serengeti near the Mara River and Lami wedge. It is here that fortunate safari-goer might witness small herds of wildebeest, typically between 500-1500, traversing the Mara River back and forth between its northern and southern shores. By late October into November, the herds begin to move south through the Lobo area, reaching the short grass plains near the southern plains of the Serengeti and Ndutu in late November, in time for the breeding season.
walking safari, best time to visit:
June – September high densities year-round, although its peak time is during the dry season. This time is also when the great migration passes through the area and crosses the Grumeti River.
This moment is also when the great migration passes through the area and crosses the Grumeti River (in June or July). This spectacle could not be higher on any safari enthusiast’s bucket list. And for a good reason.
Late January to February is the wildebeest calving season, which provides excitement as lions and cheetah descend on fragile and naive newborns. Although action-packed, these scenes are not for the faint of heart. The height of the wet season occurs in March and April and causes the usually crowded Serengeti to empty, offering an intimate experience with the wildlife. This time of year is the return of migratory bird species – a big drawcard for all the twitchers out there.
Hot air balloon, and game driving.
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Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animal in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of the wildebeest and zebras. During the dry seasons thousands of animal concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
Tarangire National Park is best known for it is baobab trees and it’s year round population of elephants, where it is common to see herds of up to 300 elephants of all ages and sizes. However, predators are also well represented, along with over 550 species of birds, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and the one place in Tanzania where fringe-eared oryx and the long-necked gerenuk can be observed. Migratory wildebeest, zebra and other thirsty nomads crowd the shrinking lagoons. Lions early wait for the next chance to hunt.
The park lies between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. At over 1,100 square miles (2,849 sq. km), the national park is part of the larger ecosystem of the Tarangire Conservation Area (TCA) and a vast area of unprotected land extending across the Maasai Steppes. Located in the Rift Valley region, near the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire contains nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports unique forms of wildlife. Landscapes range from wooded Savannah’s to rivers, but the most distinctive scenery in Tarangire is probably the rolling hills dotted with massive, majestic baobab trees, their tangled limbs silhouetted against the vast, open sky.
Walking safari, best time to go:
During the dry season, between July and November, when large herds of zebra, wildebeest, antelope, and other game are attracted to the waters of the Tarangire River, and the elephant population is phenomenal. However, the park is greener during the rainy season, and the birdlife is astounding. Located only 75 miles (121 km) from Arusha, it is possible to arrange a day trip to the park if your time and budget is limited.
Year round but dry season (July to October) for the sheer numbers of animals, when the greatest wildlife concentration outside the Serengeti can be viewed in Tarangire.
Walking safari, best things to do:
Game drives, night game drives, guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings near Kolo on the Dodoma Road, hot air balloon safaris.
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