How to get the best experience
• Crowds tend to gather around the relatively rare predators; as far as other wildlife is concerned – elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyenas and so on – there is no shortage of these so tourists can get a lot more space and sense of isolation even in busy game parks like the Maasai Mara and Serengeti with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
• A good (human, as opposed to book! ) guide is invaluable in any of East Africa’s game parks, leading you to dramatic scenes and rarer animals before the herds of camera-wallies arrive, as well as providing information and lifestyle snippets of the beasts you come across. This is definitely worth paying a premium for!
• Sometimes it’s better to go to more popular safari places where the animals are accustomed to human spectators and don’t flee at the sight of the first safari truck. You could find yourself, for example, on an expensive, personal safari in a remote location where there are not only fewer animals around but all of them run for their lives as soon as your wheels get within half a mile.
• If you are travelling individually or on a budget head for Arusha town and pick up a tour or wildlife-safari package there.
Only one Toyota? Must be a slow day in the Eastern Serengeti. Photo by Harvey Barrison.