How to Book your Gorilla trekking & Serengeti Tour in Africa

How to Book your Gorilla trekking & Serengeti Tour in Africa.

If your dream is planning for a gorilla safari & Serengeti national park safari tour in Africa, Find the complete travel information about gorilla trekking , how to fly from  Serengeti Tanzania to gorilla destination ,how much does the gorilla permit cost, which reliable safari company to use, where to go gorilla trekking in Africa.

Welcome to gorilla trekking & Serengeti tour to guide for the primate safari in either rwanda, Uganda or Democratic republic of congo or Republic of congo for gorilla trekking & chimpanzee Experience in Africa after the wildlife safari tour in Tanzania.

About the Gorilla trekking in Africa, Topics covered here include

  • Where to go gorilla trekking?
    Depending on the species of the gorillas that you wish to visit, there are various routes which are open for trekking , if your interested in Mountain gorillas then go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park , Mgahinga National park, Volcanoes national parks & Virunga National Park. Then if its eastern lowland gorillas , you will only spot them in Kahuzi biega national park & Maiko National park , then western lowland gorillas can be seen in Odzala National Park .

  • When is the best time to go trekking?

  • How to obtain a gorilla trekking permit?

  • How does the day look like?

  • Some practical tips

Safari to the Serengeti Central Plains

Central Plains of Serengeti National Park , Tanzania Safaris & Big Five Watching

When it comes to tanzania Serengeti national park safaris,Central plains of Serengeti is a vibrant wildlife section that is a must visit for watching the big five animals that include African Lions,African leopards and Buffaloes.   The Central Serengeti is Ideally located in the middle of the park and is easily accessed by all tourists that select wildlife safaris .

The Central Serengeti is occupied by the Seronera which  is one of many world famous attractions in  Serengeti Tanzania.  Seronera Valley supports a much greater diversity of resident wildlife than anywhere else in the Serengeti including elephant, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, topi, reedbuck, buffalo and baboon. This resident prey in turn attracts the highest concentrations of large predators in Africa (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) and a multitude of smaller predators (mongoose, jackal, serval and bat-eared fox).

Serengeti Big Five Animals

Big Five animals , Tanzania Wildlife Safari, Things to see

Tanzania has been drawing tourists from all over the world with its endless adventures and rich natural beauty. The popularity of Tanzania safaris  are ever increasing because of the thrill it provides from seeing the big animals up close in their own habitats like Serengeti National Park.

Tanzania’s rich biodiversity makes it unique and the kind of flora , fauna and other things to see & do  ranges from  big animals, to small animals, insects, birds, flowering plants, trees, and so much more!

What does Big Five while on an Africa Safari?

In all african safari tour & Africa wildlife guide list big five animals as a must see while on a wildlife safari in Africa  either Rwanda, Uganda or Kenya & Tanzania . The term Big Five was first used by hunters for the most dangerous animals in Africa to hunt on foot: buffalo, lion, rhinoceros, elephant, and leopard. They carry the power to evoke a sense of awe, and you’ll feel a tingle of excitement shivering down your spine as you gaze upon these magnificent big five animals. Serengeti national par eco system is assumed to be with the biggest number and reliable safari place to spot the big five animals .

The Big five in Serengeti national park that the traveler will see during the Tanzania Safari are African Leopard, African Lion, African Elephant,Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Learn about these big five animals in details below.

African leopard

Leopards are the least social and perhaps the most beautiful  of the African big cats. They usually keep to themselves, lurking in dense riverine bush emerging to hunt late in the afternoon or at night.

Life style of Leopards

African Leopards in the wild may live up to 15 years. Unlike the lion, the leopard is a silent creature, only occasionally emitting a cough-like call.

Hunting of Leopards

The African leopard’s hunting technique is to either ambush its prey or to stalk it. In either instance, it tries to get as close as possible to its target. It then makes a brief and explosive charge (up to 60km/h), pouncing on its prey and dispatching it with a bite to the neck. Leopards do not have the aptitude to chase their quarry over any kind of distance and will give up if the initial element of surprise is lost and the intended victim gets away.

African Leopards in Serengeti national park are capable of carrying animals heavier than themselves and will often drag their prey into the fork of a tree several metres off the ground.

Mating period of African Leopards

Male and female leopards spend only a brief time together while they are mating and then go their separate ways. The female will then raise the cubs on her own. Leopards can survive for long periods without drinking, satisfying all their moisture needs from their prey.

Although many travelers have proved that seeing the african leopard while on an african safari tour is difficult , this is not the case when the traveler selects to visit Serengeti national park in Tanzania for the wildlife safari as these creatures are found in any sector of Serengeti park during the game drive in  Seronera Valley is abundant with them and if you know where to look, you can spot these beautiful cats resting in the acacia trees.

African bush elephant

The African Bush Elephant is the world’s largest land mammal, and weighs up to 7 tonnes and reaches heights of 3.3 m at the shoulder. Elephants can live to a potential age of 70 years. The massive tusks of older bulls can weigh up to 50 or 60 kilograms, but tusks weighing up to 90 kilograms have been recorded.

Feeding of the African Bush Elephants

The African Bush Elephants are voracious feeders which in a day consume up to 272 kg (600 pounds) of grass, tender shoots and bark from trees. An adult Elephant can drink up to 200 litres of water in a single session. A single Elephant deposits up to 150kg (330 pounds) of dung every day – about one dollop every 15 minutes!

The herds of African bush elephants live mainly in the northern Sector  of Serengeti National Park park and tanzania is ranked as the best destination that has more african forest elephants and a travelers coming to Serengeti for a wildlife safari, expect to see  as more as possible during your stay in the famous lodges & Hotels in the park.

African buffalo

African buffaloes is also known as Cape buffalo, thrive in healthy numbers, up to 62,000 individuals according to the latest 2104 census. Intimidating and aggressive, the African buffalo is considered one of Africa’s most dangerous animals, especially when wounded.  A large and powerful bovine, the African Buffalo reaches shoulder heights of up to 1.5 m and a mass of 750 kg. Both sexes have horns, those of the bulls are characterized by a heavy boss and upward curved horns.

Feeding of African Buffalo in Serengeti

Buffalo herds can have significant ecological impact on the veld. Being a bulk grazer, they are responsible for converting long grasslands into short grassy environments conducive to other browsers with more selective feeding habits.

It is said that Buffalo look at you as if you owe them money, and this is an appropriate description if you should ever come across them on foot in the bush.

African lions

Nothing makes an african wildlife safari tour to Serengeti national park interesting like the most unforgettable experiences of hearing the roar of a African lion at night. when the male lion announces its presence with a deep roar that reverberates through the dark bush, everything within a five-kilometer radius pauses to take note.

African Lions are the biggest, and most social, of the African cats, living communally in prides. Pride leadership often shifts between several individual animals – male and female – but the social structure of the pride hinges around the bond between related lionesses, who collaborate in all tasks, from raising cubs to hunting. Male lions come and go – often in spectacular battles over territory or individual dominance – but the pride cohesion remains unaffected, firmly under female control.

Feeding of African Lions

In Serengeti national park, African lions have a broad diet with 37 animal species on the menu, including ostriches, quelea nestlings, tortoises and small crocodiles. Their preference is for buffalo, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest among the bigger animals, and porcupine and warthog as smaller game.

African Lions are believed to feed every three or four days, and need on average between 5kg and 7kg of meat per day. But they can go without food for more than a week and then tear into prey, eating up to 50kg of meat at a time – that’s almost a quarter of the animal’s body weight.

Hunting habit of African Lions in Serengeti

African Lions hunt either collaboratively or by themselves. Collaborative hunting usually involves the males approaching the intended prey upwind with the intention of driving it towards lionesses hiding in the bush downwind.

African Lions are not as fast as most of their prey so they rely heavily on the element of surprise when hunting. They will attempt to get to within 30m of their prey before charging. They don’t have the inclination for a long chase and will not pursue their prey very far if the first attack fails.In a successful hunt, the prey is knocked off balance, dragged down and then killed with a bite to the back of the neck or the throat. In some cases, a kill can be a bloody, drawn out procedure. Buffalo have been known to fend off lion attacks for hours before succumbing to loss of blood and energy. The strongest male lion will eat first, followed by other members of the pride. Lionesses will feed themselves first, with cubs getting the scraps.

African Lion Cubs

Lionesses typically give birth to litters of between two and four cubs. They are kept hidden in the bush for about six weeks. During this time, the lioness hunts exclusively for her cubs. Males provide no help. By the time they are two years old, cubs will have learnt to hunt for themselves.

At this time, male cubs are expelled from the pride while females are nurtured within it. These young males often form groupings of nomadic bachelors and either find new territories or challenge males in existing prides, and so the cyclical struggle for dominance goes on.

As a result of the vast savannas and plenty of prey, the Serengeti holds the largest population of lions in Africa, numbering 3,500 in 300 prides. Visitors may even come across the Super Pride relaxing on large granite outcrops, known as kopjes. They comprise of 22 members, and their territory occupies the open plains between the Seronera River and the Naabi Gate ( Sector of Serengeti).

Eastern black rhinoceros

The Black Rhinoceros species is now considered to be seriously threatened and its critically Endangered specie that requires special treatment, these can be seen in Serengeti national park for a wildlife safari experience during the tanzania safari.  The eastern black rhino is one of the most endangered subspecies of the black rhino. There are only 700 that remain in the wild, and approximately 70 inhabit the Serengeti National Park.

Black Rhinos  rare species that is  usually found near kopjes in the middle of Serengeti national park. Spotting a black rhino in the Serengeti can be challenge, but you could be lucky when you’re with an expert tour guide.

 

3 Days Tanzania Safari tour

3 Days Serengeti Safari , Tanzania Safari tour

Planning for a short visit to Serengeti national park ?look no further than selecting the 3 Days Serengeti Wildlife safari tour for great tanzania safari  to Explore the five sectors of Serengeti national park with a knowledgeable tour guide from one of the recommended tour operators that are offering safaris to Tanzania’s national park .

Serengeti National Park  is located in Northern Tanzania with conducive climatic condition that favors safaris throughout the year ( Best time to visit )  and this is probably the most amazing ecosystem in Africa. The richness in wildlife of Serengeti is more of a great variety than what it is perceived as the Place of the wildebeests Migration.

Among the major highlights of Serengeti Wildlife tour is the Great Annual Wildebeests Migration but that is not the only spectacle because Serengeti National Park is always a place of amazing wildlife actions.

With the introductions of the Black Rhinos in the Serengeti, no doubt it is now one place that you can surely spot the Big Five.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

As wildlife lovers the most awaited excitement of the year for us is The great migration. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world, The Great Wildebeest Migration is a yearly event when the annual migration of giant herds of theses gazers across Northern Tanzania and Kenya takes place.this event is truly spectacular.

Wildebeest are the cornerstone of the Serengeti ecosystem and influence virtually every single dynamic we observe. There are 29 large herbivore species in Serengeti and yet the wildebeest population outnumbers all other herbivores combined. It is 6 times larger than the next most abundant herbivore (zebra) and 100 times more abundant than their closest taxonomic relative (hartebeest). In this chapter we ask why do wildebeest dominate the ecosystem?

The chapter is divided into three sections, each of which compares specific attributes of wildebeest with other sympatric species. In so doing we piece together a complete story that combines biology, behavior and the geomorphology of the ecosystem to explain how a single species can outnumber all other species in the Serengeti.

A truly spectacular event to witness as over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara searching for their food that is green grasslands. This happens in a regular pattern and its amazing to see how disciplined these animals are when it comes to movement. Making ques and following each other in order is something that we all need to learn from them.

These wildebeest migrate around Serengeti, and into Masai Mara for the sole purpose of following the rainfall.

Journey from  January to March

When the calving season begins – This a time when there is plenty and more of freshly ready  grass ripened by the rains available for the 260,000 zebra , 1.7 million wildebeest , around 470,000 gazelles.and hundreds of thousands of other animals to feast upon.

February-The month of new arrivals-new offsprings

February is the month the wildebeest give birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period. Few calves are born premature , ahead of time and of these, hardly any survive.These little calves are very easy for the predators to spot and attack.

May -June- When the rain Gods take leave !

As the rains end in May, all of these animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they stay until late June.

July -Its a party time for Crocs!

July is the month when these animals advance further into their journey and cross Grumeti and Mara rivers to arrive in Kenya.This is the time when the rivers full of crocodiles are waiting to get the most easy prey and a meaty feast. many animals are killed and eaten by the crocodiles at this time and the one s who are lucky, survive to move ahead.

This is also the best time to do a safari around Grumeti (Asanja Grumeti Camp) and Mara rivers.

July and August- Time to unwind!

The herds arrive in Kenya in late July / August, where they stay for the remainder of the dry season.

November to December-Journey begins again!

In early November, with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the southeast, usually arriving in December.

December to February-Time to Relax!

February -Time for new calves  and other new babies to arrive again!

The sad thing in this beautiful phenomenon is that  about 250,000 wildebeest die due to hunger, thirst, exhaustion or by predation while on this journey from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara  which is a  total of 800 kilometres .

Witnessing this wonder nature….i think to myself… I tell  myself to pause ,to take a break and to be thankful for the life i got  and to be born a human!