Serengeti National Park


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The great migration, Serengeti National Park
The great migration, Serengeti National Park
About Serengeti National Park
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Parks total area:
14,763 km² or 5700 miles²
Year established:
1951
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Annual migration of over two million ungulates
  • The big five are present here
  • Vast, open plains with the ability to get away from crowds and have your own ‘private’ safari.

Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is certainly Tanzania’s most famous and visited park. Established in 1951 it is also Tanzania’s oldest national park. Measuring around 14,763 km² or 5700 miles², it is over six times the size of its contiguous park in Kenya – the Masai Mara.  The Serengeti and Masai Mara are very similar in terrain and in the types of wildlife sightings, but off-road driving is severely limited in the Serengeti whereas it is freely allowed in the Masai Mara. By restricting where the safari vehicles can travel, the wildlife of the Serengeti are less accessible to tourist and are able to live in a more wild environment. 

Probably the biggest claim to fame for the Serengeti is its annual migration of herbivores. All year-round, over three million herbivores travel throughout the Serengeti, in a clockwise fashion, in search of the most lush and nutritious grasses. While the main stars of the migration are the white-bearded wildebeest, of which there are over two million, the annual migration also includes herbivores such as zebras and various species of antelope. 


Regions of the Serengeti

The Serengeti is generally divided into four sections:     

  •     Central Serengeti
  •     Eastern and Southern Serengeti
  •     Northern Serengeti
  •     Western Serengeti


Central Serengeti

The central region of the Serengeti is a very fertile area with year-round water supplies. At the heart of the Serengeti is the Seronera Valley, with its lush green grasses and rivers. The year-round water results in resident prides of lions and other predators that do not need to follow the migration as they’ve adequate prey around the water supplies. Almost any safari to the Serengeti will include a few days in the central region as there is always ample wildlife to be seen. 

Eastern and Southern Serengeti

The eastern and southern regions are where the short grass plains are, which makes for an excellent viewing locale for cheetahs. The area is more open here and one can see a large number of elephants and, during the migration, prides o f lions. 

Northern Serengeti

As one heads north, the land becomes more rolling and is dotted with trees. The migration passes through this area on its way up to Kenya and must cross two rivers in the north: the Grumeti River and the Mara River. Both rivers are home to the Nile crocodile and crossings are a sight to behold. This region is also home to the largest population of elephants. 


Western Serengeti

The western corridor is the least visited but has much to offer. The Grumeti River also runs through here and makes for excellent game viewing when the migration passes through. This area tends to be more open than that of the north and central and regions.

When to see the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti
 

Month Wildebeest location in the Serengeti
January Central Serengeti, Eastern and Southern Serengeti
February Eastern and Southern Serengeti
March Eastern and Southern Serengeti
April Central Serengeti, Eastern and Southern Serengeti
May Central Serengeti. Western Serengeti
June Central Serengeti. Western Serengeti
July Western Serengeti, Northern Serengeti
August Northern Serengeti
September Northern Serengeti
October Northern Serengeti
November Northern Serengeti, Central Serengeti
December Central Serengeti, Eastern and Southern Serengeti

The Serengeti is often considered the best wildlife reserve in Africa, and it offers an unparalleled concentration of wildlife. 

 

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 22, 2016   |   Visited: Sep 2016.
My first time to Africa (Kenya/Tanzania) was an amazing experience. Because of the careful thorough planning of Maasai Wanderings to every detail, everything went smoothly from start to finish. Each camp was luxurious, (Kaskaz, Naona Maru, Plantation Lodge and Nimali). The food scrumptious! The service and ALL the staff at each camp were pleasant, helpful and an ab... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 20, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
It is such a nice place to visit all year round. The only place to witness the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. Sometimes it is being referred to as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth', the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 2 million wildebeest throughout t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 17, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
I've been in safari for almost five times but I see the Serengeti as marvelous and magic destination in the world for wildlife and game drives. When you're in Serengeti, you will see all animals. Between July to August last year we had been in Northern Serengeti where the migration was, and we saw wildebeest, zebra, topi, Hartebeest, eland, antelope, hyena, varieti... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
Probably one of our favorite destinations in Africa. In one word, perfection! The entire Serengeti experience blew us away and always does, from start to finish. Everything from the landing strip when we arrived to amazing wildlife we were able to see.

If you are able, make sure you visit the Serengeti during The Great Migration. This is a natural world wonder t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 01, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
We really had a wonderful safari to Serengeti. We enjoyed all the incredible animals, getting to see the big five plus numerous others. Everything, including the wonderful Serena hotels & Sopa Lodges and knowledgeable drivers with excellent driving skills, met our expectations. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 15, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
We had been in Serengeti for 5 days and 4 nights with the different groups of clients from America, Europe, Asia and Australia, in five days we able to see the best endless plains national park in the world

When you're in the Serengeti you will see great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongon... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 19, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
The father and son Grzimek made this film. Still you sometimes see it on tv. And please let it never die. I can only say this trip is so exiting, more and more that I ever expect. My guide knows on my many questions answers or show it to me. Tomorrow I am going on a hot air balloon ride.
This is my first trip to the Serengeti but not my last! read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
Serengeti, means endless plains and it is, but there's so much to see. There's the wildlife, the kopjes. This year, 2015, we saw so many lions, zebra, elephants, cheetahs, buffalo, giraffe, and three times we saw a leopard.
I learned how to find a leopard in the tree. Look if you see anything in the tree that is strange and yes there is a leg that makes the tree ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 21, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Many people do not know that in the Serengeti, there are more than 100 diverse varieties of dung beetle. Nearby are similarly 500+ bird types, comparable giant ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the exposed savannah, to the black eagles which make the park to be amongst the greatest and glowing acknowledged since of its ordinary of landless, diversities of flo... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 18, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
I was so lucky to be able to finally get to Tanzania. I've done much of southern Africa and have wanted to see this park for some time. I went in early June, which I found to be a particularly good time: it was just after the rainy season but before the next high season. Loved how green it was and seeing the wildebeest in rut. I am a vegetarian and was pleased with... read more
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