East African Safari in November – Gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris in East African – Take advantage of the lower shoulder season rates
East African safari in November – In November in Africa, the sun is setting later and rising earlier. Summer is on its way this is the time to come on a beach vacation because Africa’s tropical island destinations like the Seychelles, Mauritius, and Zanzibar, are stunning in November. If you are thinking of a November safari in East Africa, choose your destination carefully, the start of summer also means the start of the rainy or green season in many East African safari destinations.
November is in between the peak game-viewing season and the busy Christmas period, which means travelers, can pick up great value ‘shoulder season travel deals in prime safari locations. In prime destinations, the game viewing is great year-round, bird watching is excellent in November and the peak season crowds are gone.
In East Africa, the November rains trigger the start of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring annual cycles, the Great Wildebeest Migration. From their grazing grounds in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the vast herds head south to the southern Serengeti National Park, making a Tanzania safari one of the best options in November.
It’s not easy being an East African wildebeest. After a couple of months’ rest in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the scent of rain carries on the breeze from the plains of the Serengeti National Park, signaling that it’s time to take a deep breath and rumble over the border into Tanzania, to the fresh grazing on the Serengeti’s rolling southern grasslands and central plains.
Waiting patiently for the wildebeest to arrive are the Serengeti’s apex predators. The Seronera Valley, for example, has the biggest lion pride and is said to be home to Africa’s greatest concentration of cheetahs. Wild dogs and hyenas are regularly seen chasing down straggling wildebeest, while leopards lie in wait for unwary gazelles.
The Great Wildebeest Migration depends on shifting seasonal patterns and is not an exact science. The precise timing of the arrival of the herds depends on local rainfall so it’s wise to have a couple of destinations on your itinerary. The 6-day Serengeti Safari Experience splits its time between two Camps that make the most of their locations to deliver classic migration viewing. Alternatively, with both the Masai Mara National Reserve and the Serengeti National Park on its itinerary, the Luxury Migration, Lake, and Crater Safari make the most of any chance to witness the Migration, while the Scenic Tanzania Sky Safari flies you between Tanzania’s best safari destinations.
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