Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is an iconic safari destination, and home to the incredible wildlife spectacle that is the epic annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
We saw two wildebeest river crossings at the Mara River in the Serengeti; two lion cubs left in a tree by their mother while she went off hunting; three female lions protecting their kill from vultures whilst seeing off wildebeest; and zebra being bullied out of the way by a herd of elephants!
The Serengeti in northern Tanzania is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife reserves. Its 1.5 million hectares of beautiful grasslands dotted with acacia woodland and granite outcrops protect immense numbers of African wildlife including the big five.
It’s famous for the impressive wildebeest migration, but even if you aren’t coming especially for the migration, game viewing is good throughout the year. The Serengeti is a definite highlight of any East African safari.
- Serengeti wildlife: The park is home to a high concentration of big cats (lions are common, cheetahs are frequently seen, and leopards are occasionally spotted too). As well as prolific numbers of zebras, wildebeest and antelopes, you’ll likely see big herds of buffalo, plenty of elephants, giraffes, hyenas, hippos and even rhinos.
- Birds galore: With over 500 bird species recorded in the park, there’s plenty to keep both experienced and novice birders entertained.
- The annual wildebeest migration: This is an unmissable spectacle of over 2½ million ever-moving wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles followed by ever-hungry predators such as big cats, hyenas and jackals. If you specifically want to see the migration, the area of the Serengeti you visit will depend on when you travel. Speak to us, we’re in the know. (And take a look at our Great Migration experience for more detail).
- Maasai culture: In the Serengeti you’re in Maasai country and the cultural side of life is never far away. There is much to learn from the people here.
- Up, up and away: Hot air balloon safaris offer the opportunity to see the scenery and wildlife from a very different perspective.
- Northern Circuit & other combinations: The Serengeti’s proximity to some of the other parks make it easy to plan a superb safari. It combines easily with the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks to form the perfect northern Tanzania circuit.
Thanks to a good network of domestic flights, you can also easily link the Serengeti with other areas of Tanzania, including the coast and Zanzibar.