A massive World Heritage Site with some of the world’s finest wildlife. Enormous lion prides, excellent populations of leopard and cheetah, the wildebeest migration and some huge roadless backcountry make Serengeti simply unrivalled.
Derived from the Masai word siringet, Serengeti translates to English as “endless plains.
Serengeti plains: the endless, almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals – zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck – also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. “Kopjes” are granite florations that are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons.
The park covers 14,750 km2 (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the southwest lies Maswa Game Reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast lies the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem.
On how to visit:
Northern Serengeti – Mid-July to October
The herds congregate near the Mara River, a focal point for wildlife and well known for its hippos and enormous crocs. It is a beautiful area and we base ourselves out of our Classic Serengeti Camp located in a very secluded spot with superb viewing of the herds. If you are lucky, you may see the wildebeest crossing the croc-filled river.
Southern Serengeti – December to April
This is the Serengeti of the postcards: endless green plains dotted with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. In February, the wildebeest all calve en masse, providing a remarkable spectacle. Cheetah numbers are exceptional, as are spotted hyena and lion numbers during this time. During these months, our Classic Serengeti Camp is tucked away in the plains with unforgettable vistas.
Central Serengeti – May to June
During this period the herds are making their way from the southern plains to the western and northern areas. The herds tend to be more spread out, but are generally concentrated in central areas which are quite possibly the best places in Africa for viewing of big cats.
Western Serengeti – Late June and July
Onwards to the “Western Corridor” and the beautiful Grumeti River, known for 18 foot crocs, which the wildebeest must dodge if they are to cross the river and head north.
orthwestern Serengeti Mara River (July-October):
For this dry season period, camp is positioned in the magical Lamai Wedge of northwestern Serengeti near the Mara River, offering superb chances to catch the herds crossing the river, full of hippos and 18 foot crocs. It is a breathtaking area and we tuck camp away in its most secluded corners. During this time of year, we have the ideal location for the wildebeest migration.
Southern Serengeti Plains (December-March):
During this beautiful time of year, camp moves into the legendary short-grass plains of the Serengeti. This provides the quintessential Serengeti vistas of endless plains dotted with wildebeest. Cheetah and other cats abound and during February one may witness the wildebeest calving en masse on the plains.