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
What to see in Serengeti National Park
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.
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
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.
|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
|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.
Suggested Serengeti National park Safaris
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