The Serengeti Great Migration in Africa

Size: 14,763 square kilometres.

Location: 335 north of Arusha.

Known for: Rhinoceros, the starting point of the Great Migration, and stunning views.

Bird Species: 500

Altitude: 1,140-2,099m / 3,740-6,886ft

Best Time: The Great Migration June - July; Crossing Mara river September; Calving season February

To Do: Great Migration, hot air balloon safaris, game drives, Olduvai Gorge, Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, and flying safaris.

Migratory Birds: Nov - Apr.

Details of Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is the one of the most famous National Park in Africa and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world; however, there are a number of other activities to do in Serengeti other than game drives. Serengeti fits well into most people's dream of an African safari with its abundant wildlife, vast golden plains dotted with thorny umbrella acacia trees, kopjes, sausage trees, and its crocodile and hippo-filled rivers.

The Serengeti has earned the tittles of one of the ''seven natural wonders of Africa'' and one of the ''Ten Natural Travel Wonders of the World'' for being the site of the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world (about 2 million animals) ( great migration in Africa ). However, even without the Great Migration, the park sports the densest lion population in the world and is home to all members of the Big Five and almost 500 bird species.

The animals of Serengeti migrate to north into the Maasai Mara before returning to the Ngorongoro region, the park is no less fascinating at any other time of the year. It is the best place in East Africa to spot Lions and Leopards in the wild, and is home to the entirely of the 'Big Five'.

Home to more than 9000 hyenas, almost 3000 lions, and more than a thousand leopards, the park is a great place to see predators going about their grisly but essential business. Perhaps most startling about the park is just how ever present the animals are. Your entire drive will be accompanied by game-viewing, meaning there's never a dull moment.

It is important to appreciate the sheer size of the Serengeti when planning to visit the park, as it is often divided into North, South, East, West, and Central. Each region offers a different game drive experience as well as different accommodation options, and the Great Migration passes through some regions more than others.

Serviced by everything from humble camp sites to the luxurious Four Seasons Serengeti, the sheer scope of the park means it can be explored in a single day or over the course of weeks.

Attractions

Wildlife
The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetah are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.

The Great Migration
The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some 8 million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,500,000 wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing. Predators follow the migration and sightings of big cats hunting is particularly exciting. Spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal are never far off either.

The Above Trip Includes

Type of accommodation you choose has impact to the total price of your itinerary and so determine it’s type (budget/medium/luxury). Please speak with our safari expert about what accommodation fits your budget and requirements.

Meals

Full Board: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transport

4x4 Landcruiser with Pop-up roof

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