East African Safaris in March – Mountain Gorilla trekking and wildebeest calving season – Best African places to visit in March
East African safaris in March – March is a month of transition over most of Africa, in terms of weather and animal movement. Luckily we are here to point out the highlights of where to visit during this month.
Where to go in East Africa in March?
Tanzania’s Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti is phenomenal in East Africa safaris in March. The wildebeest from January to March all congregate in the Ndutu Plains of the Serengeti for calving season, meaning you can enjoy the enormity of the spectacle and the exciting predator action which comes with newborn wildebeest calves. The calving season should not be missed if you are visiting Tanzania in March.
March is the hottest month on the coast, but if you can tolerate the heat, it’s the best time for beach holidays. This month usually signals the start of the long rains in most safari destinations in East Africa, which means that game viewing can be relatively challenging, as animals are dispersed away from water sources and thick vegetation which tends to reduce the visibility, and minor tracks may be inaccessible when inundated with water.
Most safari destinations of Kenya are suited to solo travel. Independent travelers using public transport will find that locals are very friendly and keen to engage in conversation with single foreigners, though we as Great Adventure Safari don’t recommend public transport to our clients. On safaris, small tented camps and private concessions’ reserves are probably better suited to single travelers than larger lodges in public sanctuaries, since they tend to offer a more hands-on personalized service.
The thrill of being in the bush and the range of wild animals to be seen in popular reserves such as Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Laikipia National Parks are the highlights. Of the coastal resorts, Malindi has the most inherently sociable and integrated vibe, making it perhaps better suited to sociable solo travelers than rustic Watamu or spread-out Diani. The Rift Valley lakes are a worthwhile goal for solo travelers with an interest in local cultures.
Sociable solo travelers might be keen to join group safaris or to stay at lodges that offer all-inclusive packages with group game drives and customarily encourage guests to mingle by dining together at one large table.
There are no risks specific to solo travel in Kenya, but single women, in particular, should apply the usual common-sense precautions such as not walking alone at night in cities, particularly Nairobi, and avoiding deserted beaches.