This is the ultimate park for safari experience, it is every visitors desire to see the “land of endless plains” as it is known by the nomadic Masaai who are found here. Serengeti covers an area of 14,760sq km. It is the second largest National Park in Tanzania after Ruaha. The park is located some 320 km to the northwest of Arusha;it is famed for being the arena for wildlife density and the greatest spectacles on Earth: The Annual Wildebeest Migration.
The landscapes are mainly open grasses, patches of acacia woodland and riparian woodland around Grumeti river in the western corridor. In fact, the word Serengeti means Endless Plains in the Masai language, and you will understand why when you experience this magical place.
Between December and May, the best area of the Serengeti to catch the great Migration is the Seronera region in center Serengeti. Between June and August our attentions should focus in the Grumeti Area. After that, the herds start moving north towards Kenya and return to the Seronera region in December.
Serengeti provides sanctuary to the highest concentration of plains animals in the world. Survey estimates indicate an animal population of over 4 million. Millions and millions of antelopes, wildebeest, zebras, etc support a giant big predator population.You will be able to see large predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, golden and black backed jackals, bat eared foxes and spotted hyenas. Nocturnal predators include Civet, Serval or the Genet and African wild cat. But many other mammals can be found like the rhino, elephant, hippo, waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, warthog, baboon, impala, thomson’s gazelle, etc.
When to go
Serengeti is the wildlife gaming reserve of excellence in Africa throughout the whole year. The main game drive areas in the Serengeti are the Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, and Lobo or northern Serengeti. If you visit Serengeti between November and May, then the Seronera plains provide the best views of large wildlife concentrationand the common animals that can be seen here are lions, buffaloes, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, elephants, cheetahs and the leopard. However, between June and July, the Grumeti area in the western corridor offers great views of the migration. From August to October, the Lobo area remains rich in wildlife during the dry months of August to November when most of the game has moved from the grass plains in the south.
What to do: Game drive, balloon ride, see the kopjes (rock outcroppings), walking safari and night game drives outside the park.
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