February to May is known as Green Season in the Serengeti. It follows a period of long rains, allowing the grasses in the National Park to recover from the preceding dry spells, quickly becoming lush and rich in colour. Here, our safari guide, Isack Mnyagabe, who leads both walking safaris and game drives for guests, shares his top tips on what to look out for during a visit to the park at this time of year:
With the knowledge that the rains pass across the region at this time of year, the Park is usually quieter in Green Season. This makes for some fantastic game drives, where meeting other vehicles is far less frequent, guaranteeing the best front row views for each wildlife sighting.
- During the Green Season, the Great Migration is on the Tanzanian side of the Serengeti. When heading out for a game drive from Four Seasons, guests are more likely to be able to drive through the vast herds, as the wildebeest feed on the rich grasslands of the Serengeti’s Southern Plains.
- With an abundance of grass, trees and plants, the wildlife take their chance to enjoy the surplus of food, which in turn allows them to look well nourished and at their finest.
- As the vegetation begins to flourish, the Park transforms into a very different picture than the barren savannah of dry season. Not only does the colour make for beautiful scenery, but as the light is very clear at this time of year, it is also one of the best times of year for photographing the Serengeti.
- February is the month for wildebeest calving, following which up to half a million are born in just over a month. Besides the chance to see these young calves, the circle of life also means that they attract an array of predators – making big cat sightings all the more likely.
Guests booking a stay during Green Season may take advantage of the Lodge’s Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package, with an additional day to enjoy all that the Serengeti has to offer.More posts from October 2017