The Serengeti National Park is the most famous in Africa due to its large concentration of wild animals and the Great Wildebeest Migration. The most impressive nature documentaries have been filmed in this beautiful park. The term “Serengueti” comes from the Maasai language and means “endless plains” , a description that fits perfectly with its landscapes. With almost 15,000 km 2of area, it is the second largest park in all of Tanzania.
It is one of the greatest spectacles of nature and the main attraction of the Serengeti. Watching millions of mammals thunder across the vast plains of the Serengeti, crossing rivers in search of water and fresh grass, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moving herds of animals occupy 40 km of road, covering a distance of up to about 1000 km. It is a tough and dangerous journey for wildebeests, zebras and gazelles, who have to face predators and avoid drowning in rivers such as the Mara and Grumeti, which have risk areas due to rapid waters and giant crocodiles.
It is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is, for many visitors, the highlight of their trip. You can witness it at any time of the year, as the animals migrate in a circle between the Serengeti and Masai Mara (Kenya). The exact timing of wildebeest migration in the Serengeti depends on rainfall patterns each year. Thanks to our experienced guides, specialized in Tanzania, we can make a fairly accurate prediction of when it will happen.
For more information, see our post on the Great Wildebeest Migration.
The Serengeti offers much more than the Great Migration. It has more variety of landscape and wildlife than anywhere else on the African continent. Its endless plains are home to more than 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs, and 3,500 hyenas. The abundance of predators is explained by the immense number of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and buffaloes. Needless to say, it is one of the best destinations to see the Big Five: rhinos, buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards. Almost all the best-known animals of the African fauna are found here. This includes rare species such as the pangolin, the East African oryx, the rhinoceros and the wild dog.
Its stunning landscapes range from acacia savannahs and expansive grasslands to towering mountains, lakes and swamps. Each area is unique and has its own atmosphere. Due to its natural beauty and lush variety of vegetation and fauna, it is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Would you like to add Serengeti National Park to your itinerary? Check out our Tanzania safaris for inspiration or contact us so we can advise you .
Optional Safari Activities:
Balloon Safari (USD 590 per person)
Maasai Village Visit (USD 50 per vehicle)
Night Game Drive Tarangire or Lake Manyara (USD 120 per person)
Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk (USD 30 per person)
Visit to the Olduvai Gorge and museum (USD 40 per person)