In the Maasai language, Serengeti means “endless plain,” a fitting name for thismassive expanse of grasslands and forests. If you imagine the iconic image of safari—dry, tall grasses waving beneath a blazing bright sun as predators stalk unsuspecting prey—the backdrop you’re picturing is almost certainly the Serengeti. Established in 1951. Largest national park in Tanzania. The park lies along a high plateau between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Kenyan border, and extends nearly all the way to Lake Victoria in the west. The landscape of the park, with its low vegetation and vast seas of waving grasses, is ideal for game viewing. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migrations of wildebeest, zebras,and gazelles. As these massive herds of herbivores search for new grazing ground, they are tracked and hunted by an impressive array of carnivorous predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. The region is also inhabited by buffalos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, ostriches, jackals,baboons, and dik-diks. Bird life in the Serengeti is also surprisingly abundant; nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
When to go:
The Serengeti is one of the very few places in Tanzania Africa of which you can say the game viewing is outstanding at any time of year. April and May sees the heaviest rains but even then, the lodges are ridiculously good value and the park is quiet yet the game viewing is remains outstanding. We believe the very best time of year to be in the park is either from January to March which includes the spectacle of the Great Migration calving, or alternatively from the middle of July all the way to the middle of November when the herds are crossing the Mara river to or from Kenya. Please let us know if you need more info.