Tanzania

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Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
Elephant
Abundant
Giraffe
Abundant
Hippo
Abundant
Buffalo
Abundant
Zebra
Abundant
Wildebeest
Abundant
Lion
Common
Leopard
Occasional
Cheetah
Occasional
Hyena
Common

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Animals & Wildlife in Tanzania

Tanzania offers excellent wildlife viewing. There are three different safari circuits and each one of them alone would make Tanzania a great wildlife destination. The Big Five and most other high profile animals are easily seen. The black rhino is very rare throughout, with the exception of the Ngorongoro crater where a small resident population is often spotted.
Wildebeest migration
The wildebeest migration is one of Africa's greatest wildlife spectacles. At least two million ungulates - mainly wildebeest, but also zebra and gazelles - move around the Mara-Serengeti eco-system. The wildebeest calving season is also a very special time to visit. The large concentrations of wildebeest and their calves attract many opportunistic predators and this is a good time to see some action.
Wildlife highlights
The Serengeti is famous for its abundance of big cats and the highly endangered African Wild Dog is relatively easy to find in Selous and Ruaha where their numbers are quite healthy. Gombe Stream and Mahale are Africa's best chimpanzee reserves.
Best time for wildlife viewing
Tanzania offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. The best chance for seeing the wildebeest migration is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving in the Serengeti is late January to February. The Dry season (late June to October) is generally the best time for game viewing throughout. At this time the bush is less dense and animals tend to congregate around waterholes. The Wet season (November-May) is often more beautiful when the parks are green and tourist numbers are lower. The parks in the Southern and Western circuit are less accessible in the long rains (March to May) and some lodges close in that period.
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