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
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.
“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.
A wide range of accommodation options are available from rooms with breathtaking views to luxury camps with African Themes.
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
There are loads of photography opportunities, you’re not admiring the scenery, you’ll be clicking away to share your experience back home.
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.
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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.
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.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
From walking tours, game drives, visiting the Maasai village to balloon safaris your stay at the Serengeti is guaranteed to be very busy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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+
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
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
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+
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
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
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.
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)|