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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is Africa’s most famous park due to the largest concentration of game on the continent and the migration of millions of wildebeest. The most impressive nature documentaries were shot in this beautiful park. ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Maasai language meaning ‘endless plains’ and this rightly describes it. With almost 15.000 km2 (6,000 sq miles), Serengeti National Park is the second largest park in Tanzania.

Witness the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park

The annual wildebeest migration of more than a million wildebeest is probably Serengeti’s main draw. It is a truly impressive sight to see all those mammals thunder across the Serengeti plains, crossing rivers, in search of water and fresh grass. Mega herds march in column of up to 40Km long, covering a distance of some 1000 kilometers. A dangerous journey for the wildebeest, zebras and gazelle that need to outsmart their predators. Especially at the Mara and Grumeti River where giant crocodiles and fast flowing water awaits. The Great Migration is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and for lots of visitors the highlight of their journey. It is definitely one of the world’s largest wildlife spectacles.

You can witness the wildebeest migration anytime of the year, since the animals migrate in a circle between the Serengeti and Masai Mara (Kenya). The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration depends upon the rainfall patterns each year. Thanks to our experienced Tanzania Specialist guides we are able to make a fairly accurate prediction.

If you roughly like to know where the wildebeest migration is at different times of the year, check our page about the wildebeest migration.

 

Wildlife in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park offers so much more beauty than just the wildebeest migration. You can see a variety of landscapes and wildlife that is unparalleled anywhere else in Africa. The endless plains are home to more than 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs and 3,500 hyenas. It’s no surprise there are so many predators due to the abundance of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and buffaloes. The Serengeti is also one of the best places to see the Big Five – rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Almost all the famous African animals are present in this majestic park, including rare animal species like the pangolin, East African Oryx, rhino and wild dog.

The captivating landscapes in Serengeti National Park vary from savannahs with acacia trees and vast grasslands to rising mountains, lakes and swamps. Each area is unique and has its own atmosphere. Because of its natural beauty and variety of plants and animals the park is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place definitely touches your soul.

You like to incorporate Serengeti National Park into your itinerary? Check our Tanzania safaris for inspiration or contact us for a personal advice.

 

Most common animals in Serengeti National Park

  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Leopards
  • Wildebeest (more than 1 million)
  • Zebras (more than 200.000)
  • Gazelles (more than 300.000)
  • Rhinos
  • Elephants
  • Crocodiles
  • Hippos
  • Grant Gazelle
  • Thomson Gazelle
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Serengeti national park highlights

Serengeti national park facts

  • Endless plains with typical Lion King trees
  • Calving season in February, when 8.000 wildebeest calves are born each day
  • Simba Kopjes are granite outcroppings where lions like to rest
  • Seronera River is a valuable water source and attracts lots of wildlife.
  • Retina Hippo Pool, home to about 200 hippos
  • Grumeti River and Mara River, famous for the wildebeest river crossings.
  • Lobo Valley, great views of elephants and big cats.

Travel time to Serengeti National Park

  • Arusha to Serengeti: 5 hours’ drive.
  • Ngorongoro to Serengeti: 2 hours’ drive.
  • Lake Manyara to Serengeti: 3,5 hours’ drive.
  • Tarangire to Serengeti: 4 hours’ drive.
  • Flight Arusha to Serengeti: 1 hour (about €238,- per person, one way).

Travel tip from our experts about Serengeti National Park

My name is Samson and I am a guide at Serengeti National Park for 18 years. Most of our guests are impressed to see so many lions, but also leopards and cheetahs. Of course the Great Wildebeest Migration is an amazing spectacle to witness for all our guests. The wildlife in Serengeti National Park is unmatched anywhere else.

My advice:

How long to stay? At least 2 days, but some guests would say even a week is not enough.

Which hotel? Thorn Tree Camp, a beautiful luxurious tented camp. The advantage of a tented camp is that it brings you close to nature. The perfect way to experience the beautiful Serengeti.

Best time to see the wildebeest migration

The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration depends upon the rainfall patterns each year. Thanks to our experienced Tanzania Specialist guides we are able to make a fairly accurate prediction. Read When and where is the wildebeest migration?

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