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Serengeti National Park in Africa

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Serengeti National Park is the most prominent park for Tanzania safari and it is where the spectacular Serengeti Wildebeest Migration parked almost throughout the year. The Park is located on Northern Tanzania and it bordered Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. The Serengeti Masai Mara ecosystem is among the oldest ecosystem in the world and it makes home to large number of wildlife found nowhere else on earth.  To visit this Great Tanzania’s safari Park, please see our sample packages which includes Serengeti National Park at –

Serengeti National Park in Africa

When thinking of a holidays in Africa for wildlife safari think of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Where is Serengeti National Park one would ask, the answer is plan now to visit this great safari destination in Africa and you will never forget the experience. Serengeti National Park is the largest National Park in East Africa in a country called Tanzania. Serengeti is home to millions of wild animals small and the big. The Serengeti National Park make what called Serengeti Masai Mara ecosystem which combine several Game Reserves like Maswa Game Reserve, Grumeti Game Reserve, Loliondo and Ikorongo Game Controlled area as well as a party of Ngorongoro Conservation Area bordering southern Serengeti. This extension is also include the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

Serengeti National Park History

The name Serengeti was derived from the word ‘Siringet’ by Maasai the nomadic people’s language (maa) that means the endless plains, the word itself is enough explanation of the legendary African savannah plains. Serengeti National Park was established during fortress conservation times where two big tribes of Maasai and Kuria were moved out of the Serengeti. Kuria tribe were forced to go to the areas around Lake Victoria while Maasai were moved towards the southern Serengeti and the highlands of Ngorongoro, later in 1951 Serengeti was announced as a National Park.

Serengeti National park is Tanzania’s oldest park covering an area of about 14,763 sq km of endless rolling plains, which spread up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria. Serengeti is endowed with magnificent wildlife and it is of no doubt that it is the most famous wildlife area in Africa. UNESCO has established two World heritage site and two Biosphere Reserve in this area. Its unique environment has inspired writers, film makers as well as numerous photographers and scientists.

Serengeti is where the world renowned Great Wildebeest Migration spending time from the months of November up to mid-August. This movement of mass wild animals back and forth from Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya is a world natural phenomenon which involves more than 1.5 million wildebeest accompanied by thousands of zebra and gazelles walking thousands of miles in searching for green pastures and water. In Serengeti National Park Wildebeest Migration seems to have outshine the richness of resident animals and birds life that flourish in the Serengeti yearly around but the truth is that the park is always a wonderful place to visit with or without the existence of the migration herds.

Serengeti National Park best time to visit

The best time to visit Serengeti is still a question as the wildlife richness in the park is undisputed and can be seen throughout the year, between November to mid-August migration of herds are in Tanzania Serengeti plains before start moving towards Kenyan’s Masai Mara in mid-August and September, possibly this can be the best time to visit Serengeti National Park. However, due to climatic changes their movement has been quite unpredictable (please contact our safari experts for an updates of their movements).

Another Mara River crossing can be in early November when returning back from Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The long rainy season usually starts in middle March or April and goes up to May generally this rain covers the whole of East Africa however, the rainy is very brief and has been experienced mostly during the nights. It is possible to do our Tanzania Safaris at this time where lodges and tented camps are lowering their prices, traffic at this time is usually low and the park is uncrowded. Other option is to visit Southern Serengeti during the months of December to March where the migration of herds are crowded at Ndutu plains for calving & nursing (sycronized birth).

The months of April and May usually are spent at central Serengeti plains and around Seronera area while June and mid–July it is best time to stay at the Western corridor and around the area of Grumeti River. From mid-July to mid-August you can move to the Northern Serengeti at Bologonja and Lobo areas as well as around Mara River (Mara River crossing can be at this time). In months of June and August the area of Ikoma which is outside the Serengeti National park can be a good place for the game drives.

The African big 5 which include lion, leopard, cape buffalo, African elephant & the rare black rhino can occasionally spotted in the Serengeti plains following recent introduction of black rhino. You may also expect to see other animal like topi, eland, impala, gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs, jackal, baboons, monkey, foxes, pangolin, carcal, python, bush pigs, bush bucks, bat eared foxes & large birds like hammer kops, Kori bustards, secretary birds, ostriches among others in facts it will take ages to list animals and birds found in the wild rich Serengeti National Park.

Our best safari packages for Serengeti National Park are mostly combine other Northern Tanzania safari parks like Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater. However, Serengeti safari can still be done independently starting from 3 days, two nights and above. Serengeti National Park hot air balloon can also be done during your safari in Serengeti but it has to be booked well in advance.

Accommodation in Serengeti can be rated to fit your ideas, budget, needs and aspiration. You can stay in lodges, tented camps or campsites and enjoy our wild Tanzania. Our Safari experts can advise you on where to go and to stay based on your budget. On our person experience we value first-hand experience and consistent inspection. Serengeti National Park Shall Never Die!

ANIMALS TO SEE IN SERENGETI

  • Elephants

  • Lions

  • Leopards

  • Cheetahs

  • Wildebeest ( More than 1 million)

  • Gazelles ( More than 400.000)

  • Zebraz (more than 250.000)

  • Rhinos

  • Hippos

  • Crocodiles

  • Thompson Gazelles

  • Buffaloes

  • Kudu and many more.

TRAVEL DURATIONS TO SERENGETI

  • Arusha to Serengeti 5hrs’ drive

  • Tarangire to Serengeti 2hrs’ drive

  • Lake Manyara to Serengeti 3-5hrs’ drive

  • Ngorongoro to Serengeti 2hrs’ drive

  • Flight Arusha to Serengeti: 1 hour (about $299,- per person, one way).

UNIQUE SERENGETI FACTS

  • Serengeti has Endless plains with tree climbing lions

  • The Calving season begins in February, when 8,000 wildebeest calves are born each day

  • More than 200 hippos dwell in Retima pool

  • Wildebeest crossing via Mara river

  • You can see Elephants ang big cats mostly in Lobo valley

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