male lion - close up

Male lion Ngorongoro Crater

  • Almost 25% of the country is designated as protected for wildlife. An estimated 20% of Africa’s large mammals, including all of the Big Five are in Tanzania. The only country that allocates a greater area to conservation is Costa Rica.
  • The “Big Five” – Tanzania has all of the animals commonly referred to as the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo. In fact, it is possible to see all of them in a single day visiting Ngorongoro Crater if you are lucky. All the cat family is well represented. It also has some of the more rare animals in Africa such as wild dogs, black rhinos, pangolin, and bat-eared foxes.
  • The Migration: Tanzania is the best country to witness something that words can’t truly describe – the wildebeest migration. Imagine viewing a million wildebeest… each one fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: from a frenzied crossing of the Mara River in the North of the Serengeti in August/September to a two month bout of birthing in February/March on the Ndutu plains of the Serengeti, replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again. Much of the migration cycle takes place in Tanzania.

Migration in Motion – Sergengeti

  • Tanzania also has the three largest lakes in Africa and an extra-ordinary diversity of birds. There are over 1100 bird species to explore! From flamingos to crowned cranes to lilac-breasted rollers, plus hundreds more species. For those who are interested in birds, Abbey, one of Boutique’s founding partners, is a bird-specialist guide.

Crowned Crane Family