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Serengeti Na. Park

Wonder of the World, Wildebeest Migration, the Big Cats, the Big five & so much more..

The Serengeti astounds visitors with its vast population of wildlife. You’ll find before you an epic land of sprawling fields rolling out past the horizon – so immense, it holds astonishing amounts of big game within its borders.

What other wildlife park can boast these numbers?

  • 1,000 leopards
  • 3,000 lions
  • 5,000 elephants
  • 53,000 buffalo
  • 260,00 zebras
  • 470,00 gazelles
  • 7 million wildebeest
 

Plus hundreds of cheetah, wolf, badger, baboon, monkey, crocodile, hippo, and over 500 bird species.

Everything about the Serengeti ecosystem is blockbuster – the land soaks up a giant slice of Africa – 14,763 sq km (9,173 sq mi). And it is the world-famous home of the largest movement of land animals in the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Its name says it all: “Serengeti” is thought to be derived from the Maasai word, seringit meaning “endless plains”. Your time here will be an endless safari of wildlife encounters with the abundant wildlife, the great savannahs, and a cultural embrace of its peoples.

Imagine this scene before you: 500,000 newborn wildebeest calves filling the reaches of these great plains. Plus young zebra, gazelle, eland, and more… out to the horizons. This is the incredible cycle of nature – a gift for all of us.

The calving season occurs in January and February and within a few months, the young are big enough to move with the herd as it heads to the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, searching for water and more abundant grasses. The Serengeti is unfenced, allowing the thousands and then millions of herding wildlife to move into the bordering Masai Mara.

This mass movement of animals can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. But here in the Serengeti, you can experience this spectacle up close.

These ancient plains echo with the beginnings of life. And not only animals – humans have lived here for 4 million years. The Serengeti is home to several indigenous tribes, the best know being the Maasai. These pastoral people have retained their traditional herding culture, living off the land, their cattle, sheep, and goats.

Another signpost of ancient man is the remains found at the nearby ravine of Olduvai Gorge. Here you’ll see an archeological treasure of well-preserved tools and artifacts of the people who inhabited this area million of years ago.

Serengeti Park may be the most immersive and untouched province of unspoiled Africa any of us will ever experience. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a “Ten Natural Travel Wonders of the World” recipient.

So join us on a safari exploration to this spectacular setting and Tanzania’s most popular park.

The Great Wildebeest Migration – From the Serengeti, you can witness not only the calving of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra but their immense migration into the neighboring Masai Mara. Don’t miss this greatest movement of mammals on the planet.

The Maasai People – No visit to Tanzania is complete without some cultural connections. The Maasai people have inhabited these lands for eons and you can visit them at a local village and learn about their pastoral way of life, perhaps picking up some souvenirs as well.

Olduvai – This nearby gorge presents a window into human history. Discovered in this archeological trove are man’s artifacts from 2 million years ago.

Ballooning over Serengeti – For the ultimate thrill ride, take an early morning hot air balloon safari over the park. You’ll witness vast herds of wildlife stir into the new day as you gently sail over the vastness of Serengeti.

The rich grasslands of the Serengeti allow it to support the millions of wildebeest that live here, before the dry season forces them north towards the Mara in southern Kenya.

Woodlands and acacia trees dot the landscape, as do ‘koppies’, large granite outcrops rising up from the plains.

As well as the famous wildebeest migration, the park is home to the Big Five: rhino, lions, leopards buffalo, and elephant. 

The Serengeti is home to some of the world’s fiercest predators: cheetah, spotted hyena (usually in the morning), jackal, bat-eared-fox, and wild dog. The park has the highest concentration of predators in Africa.

Alongside these you’ll find giraffes, mongoose, baboons, aardvarks, colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, and giant Nile crocodiles.

The park also has the highest ostrich population in Africa, and more than 350 species of birds. 

There are at least four endangered animal species; the black rhino, elephant, wild dog, and cheetah. 

During the dry season, when the short grasses and reduced watering holes make wildlife sightings much easier, it’s not uncommon to return from a safari in a state of silent disbelief. The abundance of wildlife, the beauty of the park, the sheer scale of it all. 

The best time to see the migration is from July to October. This is the dry season, and in June and July the herds will be facing their biggest challenge: the Mara river crossing. 

If you are keen on seeing the predators in action, go in January or February, when there is a hiatus in the annual rains and the wildebeest calve.

The average temperature in the park during the year is 25-28 degrees Celsius.

Note that travelling in the peak seasons naturally comes with higher costs, and there’s a certain beauty about the country during or just after the rains. 

Most safaris to Serengeti National Park start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 50km/31mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

There are regular flights from Arusha to several airstrips inside the park, but it is also possible to drive. The trip is about 325km/200mi and will take around 8 hours*. It is a bumpy ride, but it’s scenic and you’ll see wildlife along the way.

As the drive takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a popular option is to fly one way, and drive the other way taking in an overnight stop to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Coming from the crater, the distance to the Seronera area in the Serengeti is about 140km/90mi and the driving time is around 3 hours*.

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