Serengeti National Park
Gaze for miles over the African plains, green or gold according to the season but always full of life.
The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. Its vast open savanna plains allow wildlife to move according to the commands of the seasonal rains. Here they are untroubled by park boundaries. Below is our guide to the Serengeti safari lodges through the park. With the Serengeti National Park at its heart, the Serengeti eco-system comprises much of northern Tanzania. This includes the Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara National Reserve and its associated game conservancies.
More than other safari destinations, the best place to stay in the Serengeti depends on when you are travelling. You’ll also need to consider your tolerance towards seeing other safari vehicles. As the Serengeti is very busy when the wildebeest migration peaks.
The Wildebeest Migration
Up to two million wildebeest and half a million zebra live in the Serengeti National Park. Combined with thousands of impala and other antelope, it is the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. Naturally this attracts the predators. Life on the Serengeti is a complex cycle defined by the rains. The Wildebeest migration is the continual circular movement of animals as they trek up to 800 km. They trek north through the Serengeti National Park into the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya in search of new grazing lands. And then back down again. On the way the wildlife migration spills out into buffer game management zones beside the park where wild animals co-exist alongside the local Masai.
Seasonal and Mobile Camps in the Serengeti
Several Tanzania safari operators have focused on luxury mobile camps. These all have the comforts of permanent camps. So perhaps it is wrong to even call them mobile. They are pitched in locations carefully chosen many months in advance. But the whole camp does relocate two or three times a year. So they can follow the migration as it heads north. Nomad Tanzania are masters at this and their Serengeti Safari Camp was the original. But it is now joined by Serengeti under Canvas and Asilia’s Olakira.
Mari JacobsAfrica Travel Specialist
Why you may love it
- The Wildebeest Migration, known as The Greatest Show on Earth.
- Safaris by 4×4 game vehicle.
- Night drives and even walks are an option in the Serengeti Game Management Areas.
- Hot Air Ballooning.
- Seasonal Camps for best game viewing locations.
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When to visit Serengeti National Park
Mid-December to mid-March
Summer in Serengeti National Park
Mid-March to May
Long Rains in Serengeti National Park
June to mid-August
Most impressive season in Serengeti National Park
Mid-August to mid-October
Good game-viewing in Serengeti National Park
Mid-October to mid-December
Short rains in Serengeti National Park
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Friendly & happy"Daffa, our driver, was excellent. How he stayed cheerful after a 5 hour drive on those roads is amazing; no easy task. He was friendly & happy the whole trip and we were all pleased with his knowledge. Wildlife does what it wants, when it wants. But he did his best to give us good views of the animals and birds, especially anything out of the ordinary; we weren’t disappointed." Dale Family, UK
- NameSerengeti means 'endless plains'
- Great MigrationWorld’s largest movement of animals