Serengeti National Park
The endless plan of the Serengeti
Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great Savannah plains. This is a phenomenal sight: thousands upon thousands of animals, particularly wildebeests, as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season (from November to May), the wildebeests, whose population has been estimated at around 1’500’000, are found in the eastern section of the Serengeti and also the Masai Mara in Kenya to the north. When the dry season begins at the end of June, the annual migration commences as the animals move in search of food pasture. The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plain.
The elephant population in Serengeti was decimated by poaching, estimated to have fallen fivefold during the 1970 — 80s, since then, the numbers have slowly increased. Birdlife is prolific in the National Park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell’s vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks and harriers. There is also a hippo pool by the name of Retina where you can have clear views of the hippopotamuses and even crocodiles.
Best time; for the migration from December to May in the south of the park and from June to October to the west ( western corridor) and to the north.
How to get there; from Arusha 5 hours drive or 1h30 schedule flight.
To do ; at dawn a balloon safari in the park. Two side trip: Lake Natron to the north, at the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai Volcano ( 2 to 3 days roundtrip) with with the possibility of undertaking and visiting Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile. to the west ( 2 to 3 days roundtrip). From Mwanza, regional, a visit to the Rubondo National park located on an Island in the middle of the lake.
Do not miss; the big cats on the kopjes (huge granite rocks) which dominate the plains. Hundreds of crocodiles in the Grumet River. The Maasai paintings at Moru Kopjes.
- Seronera Wildlife Lodge
- Lobo Wildlife Lodge
- Sopa Lodge
- Serena Lodge
- Serena Kirawira Luxury Permanent Tented Camp
- Mbuzi Mawe Luxury Tented Camp
- Bilila Lodge
- Mbalageti Camp
- Ikoma Bush Camp
Serengeti Migration Calender