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Serengeti National Park

Why take a safari in the Serengeti?

The Serengeti in northern Tanzania is one of Africa's most famous and spectacular national parks.  It is vast, beautiful and protects immense numbers of African wildlife.  It is known for the annual wildebeest migration, and is home to the Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhino). 
Here are key reasons why you should visit the Serengeti:

  • 1.5 million hectares of savannah lands full of spectacular and diverse wildlife all year round.
  • A high concentration and excellent sightings of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. 
  • Annual wildebeest migration - an unmissable spectacle of over 2½ million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles followed by predators.
  • Stunning scenery with vast tracts of grasslands dotted with granite outcrops.
  • Get that amazing feeling of really being in remote African wilderness, as long as you avoid the central Seronera region in peak times.
  • Great choice of mid-range to luxury camps and lodges, many being quite small and personal, and some being amongst the best in Africa.
  • This is Maasai territory so the cultural side of life here is never far away.
  • Try a hot air balloon safari for a different perspective on the reserve.

When to go to Serengeti National Park

This is a year round destination. There is resident game at all times throughout the park, however to get the best chance of seeing the migration herds, we will advise you to stay in different areas of the park in different months. 

April and May are the rainy months which are quieter and cheaper and still great for wildlife. The busier months are January to March in the south, and July to October in the centre. The best time to go north is late July to October though this region never gets hugely busy as there are fewer, more expensive lodges here. 

Migration safaris in the Serengeti

January/February:  Calving takes place on the short grass plains to the south of the park, particularly around the Ndutu area. New life abounds, but predators are never far away.

March/April: The herds start to move north to the central region and northwest to the Grumeti region. The crocodile-laden Grumeti River proves a jump too far for some.

May/June:  The push north continues up the middle and west of the park.

July/October:  The migration is now in the very north of the Serengeti and in Kenya's Masai Mara. 

November/December:  The herds have now begun to drift south mostly down the eastern side of the Serengeti.

Serengeti National Park Safari: How to do it?

If you're just visiting the Serengeti you can fly to various airstrips here from Arusha in about 1 hour 20 mins.  However, many people take a few days to drive here via Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.  This might be with a small group trip, or more commonly for our clients, on a tailor-made safari with your own private 4x4 vehicle and driver/guide. 

Accommodation in the Serengeti

The Serengeti is a vast region with a large number of camps and lodges. They range from large lodges such as the Serena and Sopa in the central region, to permanent luxury camps and lodges offering a very personal service and high quality of guiding, to mobile camps which might not have the same ability to offer luxury, but some of which come very close. 

We are always happy to advise you as to which accommodation fits best with what experience you’re hoping for.

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