"The Serengeti shall never die"

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is a park with the oldest eco-system in the planet, it boasts a diversity of flora and fauna that is unavailable anywhere else on the globe

REASONS TO VISIT THE SERENGETI

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The great migration

It’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. The sounds, the smell and the sights are absolutely exhilarating.

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Amazing scenery

“Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise.” S.E.White when he first saw the Serengeti.

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Excellent accomodation

A wide range of accommodation options are available from rooms with breathtaking views to luxury camps with African Themes.

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More than just wildebeast

There’s a good reason the Serengeti’s the best-known safari destination in the world. It spoils for choice with it’s wildlife variety

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Photography opportunities

There are loads of photography opportunities, you’re not admiring the scenery, you’ll be clicking away to share your experience back home.

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Meet the Maasai

The Masai tribesmen, with their brilliant red dress accompanied by their tinkling cowbells, are as much a part of the Serengeti as many wild animals.

WHERE AM I

Serengeti

Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara

Tarangire National Park

Arusha National Park

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Dar es Salaam

Ruaha National Park

Lake Victoria

Lake Tanganyika

Katavi National Park

Selous Game Reserve

Gombe Stream

Mikumi National Park

mkomazi national park

Mahale Mountains

Bagamoyo

Zanzibar

Kilwa

Unguja

Kendwa

Mount Meru

Geography

The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. To the south-east of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Accommodation

With a selection of boutique and contemporary hotels, luxury rooms, budget backpackers, self-contained apartments and accessible and disability-friendly accommodation to choose from, it’s easy to find somewhere to stay in the Serengeti.

Inquiries

If you have any questions with regards to accommodation or to the Serengeti contact us and let one of our experts create your dream safari.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Activities

From walking tours, game drives, visiting the Maasai village  to balloon safaris your stay at the Serengeti is guaranteed to be very busy.

Overview

Serengeti is largely savannah grassland with scattered pieces of Shrub land that is ideal for the herbivores to graze and good for the carnivores to hunt.

Experiences

The ultimate safari destination? If you want to see Africa’s wildlife at its most extravagant, a safari in the Serengeti is hard to beat. Home not only to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife but also its most spectacular natural migration.

CLAIM TO FAME

Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael produced the book and film Serengeti Shall Not Die in the 1950s, widely recognised as one of the most important early pieces of nature conservation documentary.

THE PLAINS

The almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals - zebra, gazelle, impala,

ABOUT THE SERENGETI

The Maasai people had been grazing their livestock in the open plains of the Serengeti which is an approximation of the Maasai word Siringet which means "the place where the land runs on forever", for around 200 years before the first European explorer, Austrian Oscar Baumann, visited the area in 1892. The first American to enter the Serengeti, Stewart Edward White, recorded his explorations in the northern Serengeti in 1913. He would return to camp in the Seronera area and hunt Lions with his companions in 1920.

Lions became scarce as a consequence of the relentless hunting, as a result, the British colonial administration made a partial game reserve of 3.2 km2 in the area in 1921 and a full one in 1929. These actions were the basis for Serengeti National Park, which was established in 1951 and is Tanzania's oldest National park.

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS

WILDER-BEAST MIGRATION

Every year, over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. If you're there at the right time, you can spot herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon.

SCENERY

Serengeti's scenery is renowned for its grassland plains in the south-east. The northern part is more hilly and rocky. To the west, valleys, rivers and forest can be found. The scenery is stunning and feels like untamed wilderness.

WILDLIFE

The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. All the major safari animals occur in great numbers. Cheetahs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffes, the BIG 5 (Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Elephants & the black Rhino) and even birds are easily seen.

Best things to see in the Serengeti | do in the Serengeti

Migration

The primary reason to visit the Serengeti is to witness the great migration. Widely regarded as the largest animal migration in the world. It involves more than one million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and a variety of other animals traversing the Serengeti annually in search of food and breeding grounds. The migrations occurs between May and December each year.

Time to spend: 1 day+

Seronera River Valley

Occupies most of the Central Serengeti, this vast valley teems with wildlife. The valley's river keeps the vegetation plentiful, supporting herbivores throughout the year. Wildebeest, zebras, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and many other species can be spotted here on any given day.  The golden grassland rustles with the movement of roaming lions, cheetahs hyenas and the elusive leopard.

Time to spend: 1 day+

Naabi Hill

Serves as Serengeti National Park's main entrance. you can stretch your legs on Naabi Hill's walking trail, which offers some of the best views of the Serengeti. This acacia-covered hill also acts as the home base for a pride of lions and welcomes millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles during their annual Great Migration to Eastern Serengeti to breed and find food. Visitors enjoy climbing Naabi Hill to take in stunning Serengeti vistas.

Time to spend: less than a day

Balloon Safaris

A fleet of eight-, 12- and 16-passenger hot air balloons carries travellers annually across Central Serengeti (and seasonally through the Western Corridor and Southern Serengeti) to give them a bird's-eye view of the park. The tour starts at 5 a.m. so that the balloons and their passengers can rise alongside the sun. Afterwards, passengers gather, surrounded by the park's lush plains, for a sparkling wine toast and breakfast

Time to spend: 1-2 hours

Lobo valley

 It is this sprawling area that American conservationist Stewart White described as a "paradise" back in 1913. Along with the Seronera Valley, it's one of the only places in the park where all three big cats – lions, cheetahs and leopards – roam. Giraffes, elephants and baboons are also regulars in the Lobo Valley, and from July through November, millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras come to the area during the great migration.

Time to spend: 1 day+

Moru Kopjes

Situated in Central Serengeti this is home to the Park's only black rhino population. Poaching of the animal's horns has caused this species' population to decrease in recent years. A small herd of the critically endangered animal still resides in the region and is closely monitored by armed anti-poaching rangers. Black rhinos are solitary animals, but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of these endangered creatures, Moru Kopjes is the place to go.

Time to spend: less than a day

Retina Hippo pool

You're bound to stumble across hippos at other Serengeti watering holes, but nothing can compare to the spectacle of the Retina Hippo Pool in Central Serengeti. Situated where the Seronera and Orangi rivers converge, the Retina Hippo Pool consists of a deep puddle of water with roughly 200 sloshing, playing hippos and some herons and crocodiles as well.

Time to spend: 1-2 hours

Bologonja Springs

Located in the North-east of the Serengeti, the verdant Bologonja Springs attracts hundreds of animals as well as a variety of birds and antelope species like the mountain reedbuck and steenbok. with refreshing waters and verdant canopies. The Bologonja River's headwaters are almost always devoid of tourists, meaning you'll have a superb view of the region's monkeys that occupy the leafy surroundings in solitude.

Time to spend: 2-6 hours

WHERE TO STAY : lodges | Camps | Suites | Hotels

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Serengeti accommodation is as varied as the range of animals that make these rolling grasslands their home. From romantic tented camps to exclusive safari lodges and private villas, accommodation in the Serengeti is found throughout the park itself as well as on adjacent private reserves, the latter offering another level of exclusivity as well as activities such as night drives that are not allowed in the public park.

The Serengeti is an all-year safari destination but if you are booking your Serengeti lodge or camp to coincide with the wildebeest herds, you'll need to decide which region you want to be in and when. The annual Wildebeest Migration is a popular event on the safari calendar and the best placed Serengeti National Park accommodation gets booked up quickly! Ask us for advice on where to stay and at which time of year.

Our selection of top accommodation in the Serengeti includes camps & lodges ideal for the migration, for families or groups travelling together as well as tucked away luxury suites that are perfect for a Serengeti honeymoon. If you can't find the right one for your needs, simply contact us and let one of our Africa Safari Experts help you find the ideal place to stay.

Lamai Serengeti

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

Serengeti Bush Camps

Serengeti Four Seasons Lodge

Kati kati Tented Camps

Kubu Kubu Tented Camps

Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti Sayari Camps

Serengeti Serena Lodge

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park is good throughout the year, but certain areas are better at specific times. The Dry season (from late June to September) offers the best wildlife viewing in general- with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. The timing of the migration varies every year (the best chance of seeing it is during June and July) while the wildebeest calving is from late January to February. 

 

Best time to go:January-February for the wildebeest calving; June-September for general wildlife viewing with a chance of seeing the wildebeest crossing of the Grumeti River June-July.
High Season:Most of the year - July to March (The Serengeti will be crowded around the Seronera area)
Low Season:April and May
Best Weather:June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather:March and April (Peak of Wet season)

Did you know....

FUN FACTS :- More than 1 million wilderbeast migrate across the mara river|300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing | Plants and waterways are basically as they were a million years ago | The oldest remains of a man were found in the Serengeti | More than 250,000 Zebras take part in the great migration | Cheapest park in Tanzania for the variety you will see! | Has a Size of 13250 km² / 5116 mi² | Has an altitude of 1139-2174 m / 3737-7133 ft | The park boasts about 500 bird species | It’s the ancestral land of the Maa community

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