Serengeti National Park
Exploring the vast plains of the Serengeti, watching the animals in their everyday fight for survival is the best way to reconnect with Mother Nature.
Serengeti National Park
Exploring the vast plains of the Serengeti, watching the animals in their everyday fight for survival is the best way to reconnect with Mother Nature. In the Maasai language, “serenget” means “endless plain”. Serengeti national park stretches for over 15,000 square kilometers. The Greater Serengeti eco-system, including several reserves and the Maasai Mara in Kenya is twice the size of the park and being there gives you a great feeling of openness.
The Serengeti eco-system is home to the “big five” (lion, african elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros).The other main species include zebra, wildebeest, various species of gazelles and antelopes, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, and some primate species such as vervet monkeys and olive baboons. It is also an endemic bird area, with a total of 505 species being documented so far.
In this beautiful land, millions of animals follow the rainfall patterns across the plains on a vast migration to different locations throughout the year.
The wildebeest migration is one of the most astonishing sights to see in Africa. Each year wildebeest, zebras and gazelles create one single endless herd, a column of animals up to 40 km long and move northwards for over 800km. The most dangerous crossing is the Grumeti River, where many animals loose their lives to the ravenous crocodiles.
The river crossing occurs at the end of June and the beginning of July. From January till March the best area to spot the animals is Seronera. During April, May and June they congregate in the Western Corridor and cross the Grumeti River. In July, August and September, Lobo and Masai Mara are the best areas to view the migration. In October, November and December the animals move southwards to Ndutu area.
The Serengeti can be visited throughout the year. We suggest avoiding a visit from early April till mid May because rainfalls make the land muddy and difficult for the game drives. After the rainfalls the plains take on a beautiful vivid green colour covered by herbs and fresh wildflowers with life showing its magnificent cycle of rebirth.
Inside the national park, as well as the amazing game drives and watching the wildebeest migration you can also enjoy a hot air balloon safari. In addition to this, you can go on a night game drive or a walking safari in the surrounding reserves.
If you love history and anthropology, on your way to the main gate of Serengeti NP, you can visit Olduvai Gorge. This gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in the understanding of early human evolution.
The Serengeti will definitely be a journey that you will never forget.
As far as accommodation is concerned there are a number of options both inside the park and in the greater eco-system. You can choose from a lodge, a luxury tented camp or a basic camp depending on your needs and your budget. In our accommodation section you will find the type that suits you best.
Our Serengeti itineraries have been created to allow you to make the most of your journey based on our experience of what Africa has to offer, however, as there are so many options of places to visit and things to do in East Africa, we can always design a custom made program for you according to your personal preferences.
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