Tanzania

SERENGETI, TANZANIA – 2013/11/04: Tourists in safari vehicles watching Burchell’s zebras (Equus quagga) in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

If the upcoming July release of “The Lion King” remake has you thinking about a trip to see a real Simba, Timon, or Mufasa in their native habitat, it might be time to experience your first safari. July, in dry season, is considered one of the top wildlife viewing months in Tanzania with the best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Established in 1951, Serengeti National Park is home to huge herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras that migrate when their grazing lands disappear in the dry season. In addition to these animals, lions, hyenas, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, and baboons occupy the area along with rhinos, hippos, and hundreds of species of birds. Organized all-inclusive safaris make travel to the popular areas of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park convenient, especially for first-time visitors. As an example, Original Travel’s “Ultimate Tanzania” includes these locales, plus a chance to snorkel off the coast of Zanzibar, with options on price and lodging levels. A variety of itineraries available through Thomson Safaris offer tours that pass through Ngorongoro Crater and visit the privately owned Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge where guests can walk with zebras and giraffes or go on night drives to see animals up close.

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