Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is the only remaining natural grazing ecosystem to be found in the world. The vast open plains in the heart of the complex stretch away as far as the eye can see and throb with life in an endless annual rhythm that is maintained by the most spectacular events, whereby over 12.2 million migrating herds of wildebeests accompanied by zebras, other antelopes heading southwest, north or west in search of water and greener pastures in and around the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
During the Great Wildebeest Migration, the best-known population of great predators, lions and hyenas, are on the frontline. The giant Nile crocodiles await their turn as the significant migration enters their areas.
A World Heritage Site and undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries globally, famed for its annual wildebeest migration. Aptly referred to as “endless plains” by the Maasai, Serengeti provides a haven to the world’s highest concentration of plains animals.
Within its area of 14,763 sq km, more than 4 million large mammals live in total wilderness freedom. In addition, about 35 species of plains animals are to be seen, and over 400 birds are found in the Serengeti.
The main game drive areas in the Serengeti are the Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, Lobo or northern Serengeti, and the southeastern Serengeti plains extending to Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Why Visit Serengeti National Park
- A unique savanna ecosystem with two million big mammals and all the plain species in East Africa.
- The Great wildebeest migrations are outstanding natural events.
- Home of big cats and predators
- Outstanding natural beauty – vast open, grassy plain, savanna environment dotted with thorn bushes or trees and the occasional cluster of kopjes.
- A top-rated park
- Game drive and Bird watching
- Balloon safari – an unrivalled experience
- A short nature trail in Naabi Hill and through the savannah
- An easy drive from Arusha
- Daily scheduled flight from Arusha, Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam
Best Time to Visit
- All year round
- The dry season (from late June to October) generally offers the best wildlife viewing, with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight.
- The migration river crossing timing varies yearly (the best chance of seeing it is from June to August), while the wildebeest calving is from late January to March.