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About Serengeti National Park 

Few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti National Park. Perhaps it's the view from Naabi Hill at the park's entrance, from where the grasslands appear to stretch to the ends of the earth. Or maybe it's a coalition of lions stalking across open plains, their manes catching the breeze. Or it could be wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions, following the ancient rhythm of Africa's seasons. Whatever it is, welcome to one of the greatest wildlife-watching destinations on earth.

At 14,763 sq km, the Serengeti National Park is an epic place, and it's renowned for its predators, especially lions, leopards and cheetahs, with plenty of elephants in residence, too. A few black rhinos around Moru Kopjes offer a chance to glimpse all of the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), although the rhinos are very rarely seen. It’s also an incredible birdwatching destination, with over 500 species to spot.

Why you should visit Serengeti National Park

  • Annual wildebeest migration (late January to September)
  • Top wildlife viewing all year-round
  • Endless plains feel like authentic Africa
  • Superb for spotting predators
  • Excellent mid-range and luxury lodges
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Best Camping experience 

 

 

Wildlife Experience
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Landscapes
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Accomodation
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What to see in Serengeti National Park

Wildlife

The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some 8 million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,500,000 wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing. Predators follow the migration and sightings of big cats hunting is particularly exciting. Spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal are never far off either.

Scenery

Serengeti’s scenery is renowned for its grassland plains in the southeast. The northern part is more hilly and rocky. To the west, valleys, rivers and forest can be found. Several areas in the Serengeti are dotted with ‘koppies’, granite outcrops rising up from the plains. It’s an immense landscape and quite stunning – big sky country that feels like untamed wilderness.

Best Time to Visit Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti offers amazing wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are the best months for seeing the migration and a possible crossing of the Grumeti River. The more famous river crossings of the Mara River can be witnessed around September in the north of the park. February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months from June to October offer the best general wildlife viewing.

Serengeti National Park Climate

Conditions in the Serengeti are rarely taxing in the daytime during the Dry season (June to October), when the temperature stays nice and warm. It’s a different story at night, when the mercury can take a deep dive. The heat creeps up a few degrees during the Wet season (November to May), though the odd cold front can introduce a chill.

Best time to visit Serengeti National Park

When planning your trip to Serengeti National Park, consider which animals you most want to see. Whether you dream of witnessing the Great Migration or you want to check off all big five animals from your bucket-list, find out about the best time to visit the Serengeti.

The Serengeti’s density of wildlife offers a spectacular safari experience no matter what time of the year you visit. The park’s open plains and mild climate mean that vegetation is never too dense to see animals, and the region’s two short rainy seasons (November to December and March to April) are rarely too unpleasant.

Serengeti Seasons

High or Peak Season Low or Green Season
About July to October About November to December; March to April
Highest rates Lowest rates
Need to book up to a year in advance No need to book so far in advance
Cool and dry weather Hot and occasionally wet weather
Not many baby animals or migrant birds Lots of baby animals and birds around
Most crowded Least crowded
Great photography conditions The best light of the year for photography

When to See the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti

  Approximate Time Region
Calving January to March Southern Serengeti
Intense Big Cat Action January to March Southern Serengeti
Rutting January to March Southern Serengeti
Grumeti River Crossings May to July Western Serengeti
Mara River Crossings July to September Northern Serengeti
On the Move October to December Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara

Note: the above are approximate dates and places. The Wildebeest Migration is a year-round, circular journey and the river crossings cannot be predicted, although they generally occur between May and September.

Where to Stay in Serengeti

Serengeti National Park is home to both midrange and luxury accomodation tented camps and lodges.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild animals and stunning scenery
Serengeti Serana Lodge | Africa vacation Safaris
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania.
Serengeti Migration Camp
Serengeti Migration Camp
Internationally renowned for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, The Serengeti National Park located in north west Tanzania is the ultimate ‘wildlife show’ on earth.

Suggested Serengeti National park Safaris 

Are you planning a Tanzania Safari? Serengeti National Park is an amazing destination for both first timers and seasoned travellers. Below are our most popular Tanzania Safaris Itineraries. 

Serengeti National Park Safaris
3 Days Serengeti National Park Safari
Explore the best of Africa. Serengeti National park in Tanzania in a 3 Days Safari from Arusha. You can opt for a private mind range or luxury safari or camping.
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