Dear Friends,

  In a sense, this safari is operated when the great migration “starts.” This is when the 1½ million wildebeest plus ½ million zebra calve, increasing the herd by a quarter to a third. They are strung out along the Serengeti’s southern grassland plains and have learned to calve at noon to avoid predation.

 But the Serengeti hyaena has learned a trick, too. This most villainous of all nocturnal predators now prowls the veld at noon.

 The herds are mostly sedentary and we’re very careful when approaching them at midday. A dropped calve that notices a moving vehicle before it notices its mother will imprint immediately on the car, following us helplessly no matter how earnest the mother tries to call it back.

 The rains have been falling moderately for almost three months and normally the veld is lush and ripe with the nutrient grasses the new mothers need. But it takes a good four to five months of rain before the effects of the six month dry season that ended in December are reversed. So much of the veld is still pretty dry and dusty.

 That gives me the advantage of taking you to some of Tanzania’s finest tented camps. I love this safari in part because I love so much the three fabulous boutique camps I”ve chosen. These Luxury Camps provide an added dimension to your safari that you probably hadn’t expected, and will ensure some exciting moments! (Like when the hippo is grazing just on the other side of your bed [on the other side of the tent, of course] or the lion roars on your verandah!)

 This all-Tanzania safari means we do little but game view, and it is certainly the best game viewing in the world at this time of the year. Quite apart from the awesome sight of the migration, our expected elephant encounters in Tarangire should be thrilling, and the five days set aside for the Serengeti will show you why this “grande dame” of African game parks is the most famous on earth!

Jim Heck