Wildebeest Migration

The great wildebeest migration, wikimedia.org.

In Northern Tanzania the Serengeti National Park is located and here the great wildebeest migration takes place, to the Maasai Mara National Park (Kenya) during July through October. This is quite an adventure for the animals because they experience a few obstacles along the way. They have to cross the Mara River with it’s heavy currency and it’s huge number of crocodiles… poor animals. Once they’ve survived that they have to deal with the fact that the Maasai Mara area is full of bigger preditors! Apparently the greener / more fruitful area is a big motivator to do this movement every year. This event is world-wide rated as one of the best nature-oriented experiences. Do your proper homework and work out the timings to be there in time. Although this varies slightly every single year, the predictions are rather accurate. If you’re too late you probably won’t be seeing anything at all, except for birds. If you want to spent big time, there are remote camps during this period that follow the wildebeests across the Serengeti National Park.

Near Serengeti National Park there’s a whole variety of sights to behold! How about Ngorongoro Crater? This vulcanic crater is absolutely a breathtaking natural wonder, contains probably the most dense population of the ‘big 5’ (including various endangered species such as the Black Rhino) and is also a very excellent place to interact with the local Maasai tribes. Traveling in/around the Ngorongoro Crater is bound by game driving, leaving vehicles is absolutely not done! Slightly to the north you will find the “Mountain of God” (Ol Doinyo Lengai), an active vulcano near Lake Natron. There are constant flows of lava reaching the surface of the montain, with a relatively low temperature. It is said that the nutrious area surrounding this mountain is one of the reasons for the annual migration of the wildebeest. The near-by located salt-lake has an immense high pH value that can even burn animals that are not adapted to it! I recommend you do not try swimming in it ;). Legends say that the lake is able to turn animals into stone… but it’s luckily just an unique ecosystem very well suited for specific animals (flamingo’s, fish, birds etc). Fancy a visit to the local tribes but prefer to do it without using a car? Go visit Lake Eyasi! There are a few excellent camps located on the lake-shore and the surrounding area is perfect for hikes, even up to the local tribe villages (apparently they also like to learn about modern cultures!).

An absolute must in Tanzania is obviously Mount Kilimanjaro! It is the highest mountain in Africa and consists of 3 dormant vulcano’s and it is part of the National Park ‘Kilimanjaro’. If you think that you can simply walk up there and get to the top… then please don’t try. It requires quite the preparation and physical fitness to make it! Daily dozens of tourists/travelers will try.. so good luck hiking up there all peacefully. It’s probably better to explore the National Park while enjoying the breathtaking views on the mountain. Although if you really want to do it, let me know if you have any valuable tips! Nearby you’ll find Arusha National Park (containing Mount Meru, another vulcano) which gives you those stunning Kilimanjaro views from a further distance. By the way, Arusha is also the go to hotspot when coming / going to Nairobi (Kenya) via the nature route. The alternative is very relaxing, along the coast between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa. When opting for this route then you’ll probably would also like to visit Zanzibar, a stunning island near the coast of Dar es Salaam. It’s beaches are really popular, but it also offers you amazing architecture such as the town’s center (Stone town). Traveling around Tanzania can easily be done with the extensive bus system, but it’s also one of the rare countries with an extensive railway system. Some lines are out of order (in the planning of being upgraded). But you can get as far as Zambia on the Tazara line, Lake Victoria which borders Uganda and Lake Tanganyika bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.

– The fare between Nairobi and Mombasa in “1st class” (seat) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Nairobi and Mombasa in “2nd class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Dar es Salaam and Mombasa in “2nd class” (seat) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in “1st class” (sleeper) is 40 euro.
– The fare between Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in “2nd class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in “3th class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “1st class” (sleeper) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “1st class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “2nd class” (seat) is 20 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “3th class” (seat) is 15 euro.

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Nairobi dep/arr 09:00 13:42
Mtito Andei dep/arr 11:25 11:25
Mombasa (Kenya) dep/arr 13:50 09:00 Morning Evening
Tanga dep/arr Afternoon Afternoon
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) dep/arr Evening Morning 15:50 12:10 13:50 15:46
Ifakara dep 22:58 05:12 22:30 06:28
Makambako dep 07:46 20:30 08:03 21:29
Mbeya dep 13:23 14:28 14:40 15:00
Kasama dep 22:27 03:29 00:31 03:09
Kapiri Mposhi (Zambia) dep/arr 09:26 16:00 13:37 14:00 23:57 22:01
Kabwe dep 02:55 19:46
Lusaka dep 07:36 15:24
Mazabuka dep 11:55 10:15
Livingstone (Zambia) dep/arr 02:00 20:00

Entering Tanzania requires you to have a visa on forehand or buy one on arrival. A single-entry visa will cost around 40 euro’s. Visa’s can easily be obtained on arrival at almost every border crossing with Tanzania and Zambia / Kenya and international airports.

It is highly advised to read all details at lonelyplanet.

The majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, 2020visionquest.org.


The top of Mount Kilimanjaro, helpforheroes.org.uk.


The local tribe villages, dailymail.co.uk.


The Ngorongoro crater seen from above, flashmctours.com.