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Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

The Serengeti, a name that brings up images of the National Geographic in your mind. Pictures of wildebeest scrambling up steep banks of a fast flowing river, dust clouds hanging around them, crocodiles in the water, and lions waiting for them on the other side. These views are all part of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebras across the Serengeti.

But also scenes of leopards dragging their prey up into a beautiful fig tree, cheetahs chasing a gazelle at full speed, or elephants majestically striding across the open grasslands.

Is the Serengeti really like that? Yes, it is, and much more. Seeing fields full of wildebeest, zebra and other plains animals, the colourful birds in the tree, vultures circling in the sky on the thermals, a hot air balloon rising into the morning sky, little mongoose darting across the road, warthogs lazily on their knees grazing the grass, or the tall necks of a tower of giraffes peeking over the already tall bushes and trees. All that and much more awaits you in the Serengeti.

It’s one of the best destinations to find the Big 5, but don’t forget there is so much more to see than the Big 5! What are you waiting for? Grab your camera and pretend you are a wildlife photographer for a few days, you won’t regret it.

About the Serengeti National Park

Established as a Park in 1951, Serengeti was Tanzania’s first National Park. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts over 350,000 visitors annually. The name derives from the Maasai word ‘siringet’, which means ‘the place where the land runs on forever’.

The Serengeti is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and USA Today declared it one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The creation of the Serengeti National Park caused controversy due to the obligatory relocation of the Maasai people and more recently a proposed highway through the middle of the park drew international outcry.

The Serengeti National Park is in the Mara and Simiyu regions of the far northwest of Tanzania. It is coupled with the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in the north. The 14,750 square kilometres of the park are divided into four regions; the southern plains (Ndutu Plains), the western corridor (around the Grumeti river), the central area (Seronera) and the northern Serengeti.



Main Attractions

The Serengeti is well-known for its outstanding beauty and wildlife safaris. Its main attractions are:

  • The annual wildebeest migration
  • The best chance of spotting the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo
  • Flying over the savannah in a hot air balloon
  • River crossings by thousands of wildebeest and zebra, part of the migration
  • Experiencing the wildebeest calving season
  • Excellent bird watching

 

 

The annual wildebeest migration

Serengeti National Park is THE quintessential safari experience. The annual wildebeest migration has to be one of the most stunning natural phenomena ever. Roughly following the rains in a clockwise circular route, tracking the wildebeest, often accompanied by thousands of zebra and other antelopes, can bring magical moments to your safari.

Spotting the big 5 on your safari in the Serengeti

Once you have witnessed the annual migration of the wildebeest, there are plenty of other animals waiting to be enjoyed. The vast plains are home to ‘the big 5’. Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo are all here, so try and check them all off your list.

Leopard is relatively easy to spot in the Seronera (central) area due to the lack of hiding places here. Once the leopard is spotted in a tree or on a kopje, your guide will be told by the other guides and he can easily take you there for a relaxed look.

Buffalo, elephant, and lion are all quite easy to find in the Serengeti. The one that will be harder to find is the rhino.

Flying over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon

One of the amazing opportunities in the Serengeti is to get an aerial view over the endless grasslands, dotted with kopjes (rocky mounds) and typical umbrella trees. Absorb the mesmerizing scenery of the Serengeti, teeming with wildlife as the sun rises, before touching down for a champagne breakfast. Romantic, breathtaking, enchanting, a ‘once in a lifetime' experience, Serengeti National Park is waiting for you.

Watching the crossing of thousands of wildebeest and zebras during the migration

With patience, and a good dose of luck (and timing your trip to be in the correct season), you can watch the wildebeest and zebras tentatively start a river crossing. Once they start, the dust will rise and the rest will follow. The spectacle is incredible, there are no words to describe it, it is just overwhelming.

Crocodiles will be lurking in the river and lions can be on either side of the bank waiting for their opportunity. It is nature at its purest.

Experiencing the wildebeest calving season

Witness the incredible mass births of wildebeest calves. Predators are of course everywhere waiting for opportunities, a harsh reality of birth and death so closely linked together.

But as thousands are born in a relatively short period, this ensures nearly all survive as there are too many for the predators to kill. If you time your visit right you can be part of this clever trick of nature to ensure the survival of a species.

Bird watching in the Serengeti

Bird lovers will love the Serengeti National Park. More than 500 species have been recorded in a huge variety of habitats. And some of the endemic birds are not hard to spot, for example, the Fischer’s lovebird, the grey-breasted spurfowl, and the rufous-tailed weaver. But of course you can also find different barbets, pretty kingfishers, colourful bee-eaters and incredible birds of prey including many vultures.

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • The 1982 hit song ‘Africa’ by Toto features the lyrics ‘Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus over the Serengeti’. As Mount Kilimanjaro is over 200 miles away, it would actually be difficult to see whilst on safari in the Serengeti!
  • Parts of Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ music video were filmed in the Serengeti.
  • The Serengeti National Park is large, it is half the size of Belgium or Lesotho.

Popular Activities

  1. Game driving
  2. Spotting the ‘Big Five’
  3. Witnessing the birthing of thousands of wildebeest calves
  4. Seeing the wildebeest and zebras crossing the famous Mara River
  5. Bird watching
  6. Hot air balloon safaris
  7. Picnics
  8. Photography
  9. Sundowners