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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

When you think of a classic safari, you probably think of the Serengeti National Park. You are right to do so, as it is one of the most spectacular national parks on the planet.

The Serengeti National Park is located in northwest Tanzania. The park and bordering reserves allow for one of the last remaining wildlife migrations on the planet. This wildlife spectacle, the park’s vast numbers of wildlife and its diverse yet beautiful landscapes are a few of the reasons why the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

The Serengeti National Park offers exceptional wildlife viewing all year round, where it is possible to witness the great wildebeest migration and see the Big Five.

A year-round destination

Thanks to its high number of resident wildlife, the Serengeti offers a spectacular safari experience all year round. Travel during the low season for a more exclusive experience.

The Great Migration

This huge protected area allows ~1.5 million wildebeest to continue their internal drive of travelling over 1000km towards fresh grass and breeding grounds.

Predator & Prey

This huge ecosystem is home to incredibly high populations of animals, which leads to an intense interaction between predator and prey. Witnessing this offers an unforgettable experience.

The Four Areas of the Serengeti National Park

The Seronera Valley is the heart of the park and home to large numbers of wildlife. Spot lions and cheetahs snoozing on the plains in the shade of acacia trees. The Seronera River is lined with Palm, Sausage and Yellow Fever trees. The river attracts numerous birds and animals, including a high population of leopards. At the Retima Hippo Pool, you can see vegetarian giants in their natural habitat.

On the southern plains, you will be amazed by the never-ending grasslands and the huge granite formations called kopjes, home to the whole food chain. Kopjes offer the perfect shady resting places, look-outs and nurseries for lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas to name but a few. Other interesting species to look out for, include the rock hyraxes and colourful Agama lizards. All of the kopjes are named. The most commonly known are Simba, Gol, Research and Moru. From January to February the wildebeest calving occurs around Lake Ndutu. Large numbers of predators can be seen during this time.

The Western Serengeti stretches almost as far as Lake Victoria. The vegetation changes to wooded savannah and black cotton soils that are impassible in the rainy season. The Grumeti Game Reserve and the Ikorongo Game Reserve border the park and within it run two large rivers: The Grumeti and the Mbalageti River, which both flow into Lake Victoria. The Grumeti River is famous for its river-crossings, huge crocodiles and the rare Patas Monkeys. From mid-May the wildebeest arrive in this area and the Grumeti river-crossing begins.

Northern Serengeti is made up of open woodlands, riverine forests and ranges of hills. The majestic Mara River is located here and is famous for five-metre-long crocodiles and the iconic wildebeest river-crossing, which is at its most spectacular from mid-July. This area is a lot less frequented by visitors, making it a great place for an intimate safari experience.

When to Go

You can visit the Serengeti National Park throughout the year. The period from June to October is the dry season, and it’s also when the wildebeest migration occurs. You’ll find it easier to spot wildlife during this time, and the weather is pleasant. However, it’s a popular time, so parts of the park can get busy. The short rains from November to December bring about a burst of green growth, followed by a brief dry spell in January and February. From March to May, long rains occur, and this is the ideal time if you prefer a lush green park with fewer visitors.

Dry Season - June to October

Ideal for seeing the wildebeest migration and large numbers of animals. But it can be busy.

Green Season - March to May

The best time to see a green park with fewer visitors.

Why to Go

Go to the Serengeti for a classic safari experience: mesmerizing sunsets, abundant wildlife, exciting game drives and different types of lodges and camps. This park is outstandingly beautiful. The vast grassland plains with islands of rocky Kopjes will make you feel tiny amidst nature’s generous vastness. Whilst the riparian zones, the beautiful tree-lined interface between the rivers and the plains, create a hotspot for diversity. Extraordinary numbers of wildlife, including ~530 bird species, offers first-grade wildlife viewing all year round. The Serengeti is most famous for the Great Migration.

If you visit during the low or shoulder season, you may not see a river crossing, but you will not see the large numbers of vehicles and tourists either. For a classic and intimate experience, we recommend travelling off peak season. Since the Serengeti is arguably the most popular park in Tanzania, there is a large number of camps and lodges you can choose from.

Things to Do

Vast and wide and space as far as the eye can see, the Serengeti asks for extensive game drives. Here, you have time to observe big and small animals and witness the intricate interplay between species. Feel the wind in your hair, the sun in your face and the safari adventure in your heart.

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