Rambling through the bush in an open-topped vehicle is the image that springs to mind most when people think about Africa. And there is no better place to go on safari than Tanzania. It has a multitude of parks to choose from, with varying terrain and exceptional opportunities to observe wildlife throughout the year.

The sense of anticipation, as you set off at daybreak. Never knowing what lies around the next corner – or behind the next tree. Perhaps a lion in a tree, a leopard slopingoff through the bush or a herd of elephants majestically crossing the plains…it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps you going back for more.

For those wanting to see the Great Migration, any time of year is good – it’s just a question of where. February, for example, is calving time in the southern Serengeti. From March to May the herds moveslowly east towards Grumeti and then on to the Mara River between July and October.

Between December and April and June and November some of the best game viewing can be found in the northern parks – Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara, among others. While June through March sees the parks in the south and the west – such as Katavi, Selous and Ruaha – come into their own.