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Serengeti National Park

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Being surrounded by millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is a phenomenon you will never forget. In their annual migration north they stampede over open plains, plunge into rivers almost as if they are possessed and are endlessly chased by predators. The Serengeti is a World Heritage Site, biosphere reserve and one of the new Seven Wonders of Africa.

The park lives up to its ancient Maasai name ‘Siringet’, meaning ‘endless open plains’. The landscape is of mesmerizing beauty. While a sizeable part of the park is made up of seasonally flooded plains, forest and shrub savannah, the Serengeti is mostly one thing: grass. Golden in the dry season, green and dotted with wildflowers after the rains. It has perfectly adapted to continuous grazing, turning the Serengeti into heaven for large herbivores. Every now and then kopjes – 2.5 billion-year-old rocky outcrops interrupt the infinite horizon.

The Serengeti offers arguably the most dazzling Africa Safari experience.

Together with Loliondo Game Controlled Area, Ngorongoro Conversation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, Grumeti Game Controlled Area, Ikorongo Game Controlled Area, and the South Kenya Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem covers no less than 35,000 square km. At its heart lies a 27, 000 square km ‘island’ that most animals never travel in or out of. This is where the most breath-taking phenomenon of the planet takes place: the great migration. Undisputed star of the show is the gnu antelope, or wildebeest, meaning ‘wild cattle’ in the Afrikaans. Each year in February, a few months before the start of the exodus north, hundreds of thousands of calves are born in a couple of weeks. Many of them are almost immediately chased by eagerly cheetahs, leopards and prides of lion, but there is no appetite big enough to devour 15000 new-borns one peak days.

Even apart from the migrating wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, the Serengeti offers arguably the most dazzling game drive in the world. Approximately 3800 lions, 350 cheetahs, 7500 spotted hyenas over 12000 giraffes and 11, 000 elephants roam the savannah. The cat-sized hyrax is often spotted at the kopjes. And all three African jackal, leopards can be seen, just as the elusive serval cat, aardwolf and rhino.  

The extensive birdlife adds to the magic of an early morning game drive: this is the time when their concert is at its most varied. All the essential species of northern Tanzania, plus endemic ones are present, adding up to 520 species.

The great migration: a trek for water and fresh grazing

Annually, the 11,000, 000 wildebeest cover a distance of approximately 800 km. Most of the year they graze in the south-eastern part of the ecosystem: from November till May. But once the pastures wither they head for the western Serengeti where they’ll spend June and July, before continuing their journey north towards they juicy grasses of the Masai Mara. But the wildebeest aren’t the only migratory animals; they are joined by extensive herds of zebra and sometimes Thomson’s gazelle. Grant gazelle are migratory too, but cover shorter distances and tent to move on their own.

Note: the route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit and extend your stay if you would like to see the main predators as well. You stand the best chance of seeing the migration between November and May.

Although the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem has probably been functioning for at least a million years, humans arrived quite recently. The nomadic Maasai people and their cattle appeared in the late 18th century. And it wasn’t before 1959 that the outside world got to know the Serengeti, when the German zoologist Berhard Grzimek and his son Michael published their book ‘Serengeti darf nicht sterben’ (Serengeti shall not die).

The extensive birdlife adds to the magic of an early morning game drive

  • Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest National Park (established in 1951)
  • Serengeti is a World Heritage Site, biosphere reserve and one of the Seven New Wonders of Africa.
  • With 14, 763 Km2     it is Tanzania’s second largest national park; from south to north it stretched 210km.
  • The open areas of around 4,000 km2 are the size of an average East African national park; around 10,000 km2 of the plains continue uninterrupted in the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservative Area and Loliondo Game Controlled Area.
  • Height: from 1,200m (western end) to 2000m (eastern and northern areas). Seronera: 1530m, Ndutu: 1630m, south eastern open plains: 1,700-1750m, Lobo: slightly less than 2,000m.
  • Dry season: from late May to October – November.
  • Wet season: from October – November to May (less rainy in January – February).
  • Temperatures: 20-25 Celsius (Monthly average), 27-32 Celsius (daytime), 13-16 Celsius (night time), all slightly higher in the rainy season. Coolest season: May – August (night temperature sometimes 10 Celsius)
  • Serengeti offers year around game viewing but should wish to see great migration make sure to visit May, June, July, August, November and December.

Being surrounded by millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is a phenomenon you will never forget

Accommodations In Serengeti National Park

Check out our handpicked collection of Safari accommodations inside Serengeti National Park.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge| Roving Bushtops Tented Camp | Serengeti Bushtops Tented Camp| Singita Explorer Camp | Sabora Tented Camp | andBeyond Klain’s Camp | Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp | Sasakwa Lodge | Farufaru Lodge | Singita Serengeti House

What to do

Game drives, balloon Safaris, Walking Safaris, Photographic Safaris, Bush dinners (romantic, families), Camping Safari, visit Maasai boma and historical sites.

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Serengeti National Park