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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is the most famous National Park in Africa. It’s reputation is earned from its spectacularly abundant wildlife concentrations coupled with vast picturesque and pristine wilderness.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • The great animal migration
  • Grassland savannah plains
  • Extraordinary game viewing with over 3,000,000 animals roaming the plains
  • 500+ species of birds
  • Pristine wilderness
  • Kopjes
Activities
  • Balloon safari
  • Cultural safari - Maasai rock paintings and musical rock
  • Walking safari
  • Game Drives
  • Aerial safari
  • Bush dinners
Size
  • 14,763 sq km(5,700 sq miles)
Location
  • 335kms(208miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. The Serengeti National Park forms part of the northern circuit of Tanzania.

ABOUT

The Serengeti National Park is the most famous National Park in Africa. It’s reputation is earned from its spectacularly abundant wildlife concentrations coupled with vast picturesque and pristine wilderness. The people of the Maasai tribe call it ‘Siringitu’, which means ‘the place where the land moves on forever’.

The Serengeti offers it’s visitors the finest year round game viewing in Africa.  Due to the parks vastness, animal spotting is always interesting and varied. There is a strong  migratory population in the park consisting of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle. The migratory population is coupled with an equally abundant host of resident animals such as lion, elephant, hippopotamus, hyena, cheetah, rhinoceros, baboon and many more. Every new sunrise will hold the promise of  astounding beauty and amazing wildlife encounters while every sunset will celebrate the cyclic rhythm of a landscape working in harmony with its wildlife.

The great migration in the Serengeti involves about 2.5 million animals that must search for grass and water in order to survive. During this spectacle the migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle will cover some 3,200km and the animals will devour 4,000 tonnes of grass a day. An amazing 250,000 animals will be born during the journey. Lions and other predators will follow the migration picking off the weaker members of the herd and their young. Witness the endless struggle for survival in an ever evolving ecosystem.

Regardless of the time you travel you will discover that the park and its abundant and varied wildlife will always delight, mystify, surprise and educate you to the truly wonderful experience that makes it the Serengeti.

WILDLIFE 

An astounding 3 million animals roam the plains of the Serengeti, as such the ecosystem is considered to contain the greatest concentration of plains animals anywhere in the world.  This unrivaled amassing of animals will present visitors to the Serengeti with fortuitous and exciting animal encounters on a scale that has to be seen to be believed.

The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and eland in search of fresh grazing land. During this annual pilgrimage they will travel some 2,000 miles devouring 4,000 tonnes of grass a day. Estimates put the wildebeest at about 1.7 million, zebras at 250,000 and Thomson’s gazelle’s at 440,000. Hyenas are the most numerous of the large carnivores at about 9,000, lions at 2,800 and leopards at about 1,000. The Serengeti boasts the highest density of cheetah in Africa with up to 40 animals per 60 square miles. They are usually found on short grass plains during the wet season.

The Park’s resident population consists of elephants, lion, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe, topi, antelope, cheetah, leopard, african hunting dog, mongoose, jackal, baboon, aardvark, civet, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, over 500 bird species and many, many more.

The diversity and volume of species is extensive and is unrivaled in any other park found in Africa making the Serengeti the most popular National park in Africa. It is no surprise that is has been proclaimed a World Wide Wonder.

GEOGRAPHY

The Serengeti is situated on a high plateau in Northern Tanzania, directly east of Lake Victoria, south-east of the Isuria Escarpment and west of the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Highlands. This vast land mass is situated at an altitude ranging from 1,830 metres in the east to 920 metres in the west. As a result of its geographic location the strong equatorial sun is tempered making conditions perfect for safari and game viewing.

The Serengeti ecosystem encompasses a vast variety of terrains, providing an ever changing palette of colours and breathtaking landscapes while on safari.   From the flat open grassland plains in the southeast, to the undulating woodlands of the north and the colourful mosaic of stunning grasslands and woodlands characterizing the west, the Serengeti never fails to exhilarate and surprise with its awe inspiring beauty.

CLIMATE

The Serengeti’s climate is both warm and dry. The tropical rainy season is from March to May, with short rains from October to November. The Serengeti is lush and green after the rains, but a steady drying up follows which inhibits plant growth and encourages the animals to migrate in search of water.

The temperature is relatively uniform throughout the year with average temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 26 degrees celsius. The minimum temperature of 13 degrees celsius occurs between May and August.

NOTE

The route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit and longer if you wish to see the main predators as well.

WHEN TO VISIT

The Serengeti can be visited at any time of the year. In fact, the diversity of the landscape and the endless flux of activity with migratory patterns, resident animal populations and the climate makes for a unique and exhilarating experience.

The rainy season is March through to May. This is when the awe inspiring natural phenomenon of the migration unwraps across the Serengeti. This season is also broken in to two distinct phases, a tropical rainy season taking place between the months of March and May with a short rains season occurring from October to November.

The dry season is May through to February. You will be mesmerized by a visit to the Serengeti throughout these months as predators provide an action packed game viewing experience. The spectacle and thrill of watching predator versus prey on a backdrop of a sunburnt savannah will be an experience never to be forgotten.

Accommodation at Serengeti National Park

Buffalo Luxury Camp5

Buffalo Luxury Camp

The lodge offers captivating views of the Serengeti with an interior design that is both warm and welcoming.

Dunia Camp5

Dunia Camp

Tucked away between the prime wildlife areas of central and southern Serengeti, Dunia Camp combines elements of style and luxury with unforgettable wildlife encounters.

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Faru Faru Lodge

Faru Faru Lodge is beautifully appointed and positioned to take advantage of the river and its waterholes. This stone and canvas lodge blends in seamlessly with its environment.

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Four Seasons Serengeti

Rooms are beautifully and stylishly designed with high quality fixtures and fittings that indicate that no cost has been spared in creating a memorable and unique experience for all guests who stay at this lodge.

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Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

This vibrant and rejuvenating haven charms all guests with its warm welcome and dramatic setting. With ample resident game, the camp is the perfect vantage point for one of the most famous crossing points of the great migration.

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Ikoma Tented Camp

The camp is set in the midst of an incredible vista of savannah and skies, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Simplicity and a rustic ambience set the tone for the camp.

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Kati Kati Tented Camp

Kati Kati Tented Camp has three different locations during the year depending on the movement of the wildlife, allowing guests to be located close to the migration.

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Kirurumu Serengeti Camp

Kirurumu Serengeti Camp is a luxury mobile camp, moved seasonally to take best advantage of the vast Serengeti.

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Klein's Camp

Perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills, breathtaking panoramic views can be enjoyed as you laze within the warm comforts of the leather armchairs in the invitingly beautiful guest areas.

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Lamai Serengeti

Set within the iconic Kogakuria kopjes with views spanning over the Mara River Valley and Lamai Wedge the lodge takes maximum advantage of the view, the sun and the wind.

Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Lobo Wildlife Lodge

The largest lodge on the migration route where its elevated position means that the migration can be viewed from the comfort of a sun lounge.

Mapito Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Mapito Tented Camp

Mapito Tented Camp sits snuggly in a clearing surrounded by acacia trees. Its spacious walk in tents create an intimate atmosphere for a maximum of 40 guests while indulging them with the amenities of a big lodge.

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Mbalageti Serengeti

Mbalgeti offers a breathtaking 360 degree panorama view of the Serengeti plain land and the Mbalgeti River. The luxurious lodge consists of 26 luxury tented chalets and exclusive tented suites spread out to ensure privacy and exclusivity.

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Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

The accommodation is simple and being under traditional canvas gives a distinct feeling of remoteness. The camp is located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest.

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Nasikia Luxury Camp

The placement of the camp has been carefully considered to make the most of the environment and the location of wildlife, ensuring that the camp is intimate and that guests are able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the environment around them.

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Nduara Loliondo Camp

With wide panoramic windows, the interiors of the yurts are light and airy, whilst the sheepskin hot water bottles and piping hot safari showers keep you warm in even the crispest of highland mornings.

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Olakira Camp

In the early part of the year, Olakira is perfectly positioned to witness the calving of the wildebeest. In the dryer months the camp moves to the northern Serengeti to enjoy a front row seat when the big herds move north.

Piyaya Mobile Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Piyaya Mobile Camp

Piyaya Camp is remote, ensuring that the air of discovery and exploration are constant throughout you stay at this luxury camp.

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Pumzika Classic Safari Camp

Under canvas, seasonal and intimate, Pumzika safari camp captures the essence of classic mobile tented safaris in the Serengeti National Park

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Robanda Tented Camp

Robanda Safari Camp is set in a prime location for an unforgettable bush experience. The position was carefully chosen to be in the pathway of the wildebeest migration.

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Sabora Tented Camp

Creating the feel of a lavish tent, each canvas cocoon offers opulent luxury complete with antique mahogany travel chests, Persian rugs and silk curtains.

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Sanctuary Kusini

Perfectly located in a cluster of beautiful kopjes, Sanctuary Kusini’s luxury tents blend seamlessly into the predator rich plains of the Serengeti.

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Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Stone walls, deep verandas, high ceilings, stately furniture, silverware and ornamental pieces complete the picture.

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Sayari Camp

The combination of superb location, luxurious facilities and an incredible wildlife experience ensures that Sayari Camp will etch itself into your memory as the standard against which you will forever judge any other safari camp.

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Serengeti Migration Camp

The camp exudes decadence reminiscent of old Africa in a relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel like you have traveled back in time.

Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti Migration Camp

Serengeti Migration Camp, a small and intimate mobile camp offers 10 luxury safari tents follow the annual migration of Wildebeest

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Serengeti Safari Camp

Guests at Serengeti Safari Camp stay in classic African bush style accommodation. The camp is before your arrival in close proximity to the predicted path of the great migration.

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

The lodge has been designed to blend seamlessly into the landscape. A series of traditional ‘rondavels’ are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams.

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Serengeti Under Canvas

The solitary magnificence of the Serengeti is offset by the warm service and simple luxury of this ultra luxury style accommodation.

Seronera Campsite, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Seronera Campsite

Seronera Campsite is one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. Animals will pass through the campsite at night on their nocturnal wanderings.

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Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Seronera Wildlife Lodge is artfully constructed around a rocky outcrop from glass and wood elements, perfectly blending into its surroundings.

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Sopa Lodge Serengeti

Sopa Lodge Serengeti is nestled amongst the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park.

Soroi Serengeti Bedroom

Soroi Serengeti Lodge

With endless views of breathtaking sunsets over the vast plains of Musabi, you will be spoilt beyond belief at this high end lodge.

Ubuntu Camp

Ubuntu Camp

Ubuntu Camp is a seasonal camp of just 6 tents. The camp is lightweight enough to move seasonally while offering every comfort possible.

Optional Activities in Serengeti National Park