The Southern Serengeti in July is a completely transformed place from the popular tourist impression of February and March, when the plains are teeming with calving wildebeest and zebra. In February and March, the Wildebeest are dropping their gambolling calves on the phosphorous rich plains, and the associated prides of lions and packs of hyenas are never very far behind.
The movement of the larger herbivores to other parts of the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem, results in lions also moving out of the area to more permanent waterholes where larger prey items may still be found. So, you may ask, what is the attraction to the area in July? The vacuum created by the northward moving wildebeest and zebras, as well as the absence of some larger predators creates an idyllic environment for Thompson and Grant’s Gazelles. These gazelles, in turn, attract the stars of the plains and our reason for going there… Cheetahs.
To look a humpback whale in the eye is a real privilege, and like no other wildlife experience on the planet. Swimming with whales is, by no means, an easy task; we’re dealing with wild animals in a very big ocean. We offer multi-day trips to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. With your patience, and with faith in your skipper and guide’s experience, you’ll be rewarded with unmatched interactions. Darren Jew has been hosting whale swimming tours since 2001 and his experience as a photo-host in Tonga is unequaled. He’s hand-picked a fabulous team of skippers and guides to help bring you the best whale encounters possible.