Serengeti National Park
Set in the central area of northern Tanzania, the magnificent Serengeti National Park is home to what is widely considered to be the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra seeking new pastures. These massive herds move in a clockwise direction around the Serengeti, their concentrations and movements dictated by the availability of water and grazing areas. As a result, where you choose to go in the park will likely depend on where the majority of animals happen to be focused during your stay.
The park is renowned for its vast plains of savannah in the south and central region, which offer excellent safari opportunities throughout the year, especially during the calving season, which attracts large numbers of big cats. Travellers eager to witness the herds making their perilous journey across the crocodile-infested Grumeti River should head to the park’s Western Corridor, which is also an excellent destination for bird watching, with over 400 species recorded in the area. The northern reaches of the park, characterised by lush rolling hills and densely vegetated granite outcrops, also offer impressive river crossings particularly from around August to October, when the herds cross the Mara River on their way north to the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve.
The marshy Western Corridor’s Grumeti River, where hungry crocodiles prey on distressed zebra and wildebeest as they attempt to cross the river on their annual mass migration.
Singita Grumeti is located adjacent to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, bordering the national park, and encompasses 400,000 acres of unrivalled wilderness. Wide river valleys meandering through the plains, grass lands, woodland and forest. The area forms part of the famous migratory route, which is travelled by hundreds of thousands of animals every year. Grumeti features unparalleled exclusivity combined with the ability to enjoy a wide selection of activities not allowed inside the Serengeti as it not governed by national park regulations.
The famous Great Migration, an annual trek of 2 million animals through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bisects our reserve annually. Called The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth it has, since time immemorial, been the dramatic backbone of this enormous wilderness.
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With its lush grasslands, endless rolling plains and beautiful riverine forests, the Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive wildlife sanctuaries, offering unrivalled natural beauty as well as the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. While the park offers excellent year-round safari opportunities, it is most famous for its annual Great Migration. During this time, wildlife watching is at its best as over a million wildebeest and up to 200,000 zebras follow the rains across the park and into the adjacent Masai Mara National Reserve. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of safari experiences from watching the giant herds attempt treacherous river crossings to witnessing the births of numerous wildebeest during the annual calving season.
As the home of Africa's richest resident population of wildlife, the Serengeti National Park offers exceptional game viewing opportunities throughout the year. The time you decide to go will largely depend on what you wish to see. The majority of visitors are eager to witness the incredible spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration but planning for this can be challenging as the timing of the migration can vary from one year to the next and the migration takes a full year to complete a single cycle. This means that the migration can be seen throughout the year but because the wildebeest travel across vast expanses of land, certain events in the cycle can only be seen in specific areas of the park during specific time periods. The mass wildebeest calving period, for example, occurs between January and March in the southernmost reaches of the park, while the dramatic river crossings occur between July and August in the west.
The best time for general wildlife watching is considered to be during the months of June and July. During this time the animals are easy to find as they tend to congregate around the water sources and the vegetation is typically less dense than usual. The weather is also ideal at this time as there is usually little to no rainfall. Visitors should note that, while days are usually relatively warm during this time period, morning and evenings can get chilly, so remember to pack some warm clothing for your early morning game drives.
Stay in a luxurious colonial-style tented safari camp which moves around the Serengeti according to the season.
Take an organised scheduled tour of the Serengeti which typically includes a few days in the adjacent Ngorongoro Crater or Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives on a 4x4 safari vehicle or a hot air balloon.
Stay at one of the Serengeti's adjoining private reserves to enjoy exhilarating night drives, horseback safaris and guided bush walks.
Consider staying at one of the Serengeti's private conservancies for a more exclusive experience with luxurious accommodation, fantastic game viewing without the crowds, and a wider range of safari activities.
Below are a few tour options and suggestions for a Serengeti safari.
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- 1 night Kirurumu Manyara Lodge Lake Manyara National Park, 1 night Kati Kati Tented Camp Serengeti National Park, 1 night Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
- Includes all meals and game drives and a 4x4 game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
- Includes all road transfers between lodges & to Arusha
- 1 Night Arumero River Lodge, 2 Nights Oliver's Camp, 2 Nights The Highlands Camp, 3 Nights Ubuntu Camp, 3 Nights Matemwe Lodge
- Includes meals, game drives in the Serengeti, walking safaris in the Tarangire National Park, a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater & ending off with relaxation in Zanzibar
- Includes flight transfers between lodges
- 1 night Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, 1 Night Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, 2 Nights Serengeti Serena Lodge, 2 Nights Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, 1 Night Tarangire Sopa Lodge
- Includes meals, game drives in the Serengeti National Park & a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater
- Includes return road transfers from Arusha, road transfers between the lodges
- Includes all road transfers during the safari
- Includes game drives in the Masai Mara and Serengeti Plains & Ngorongoro Crater
- 1 Night Safari Park Hotel, 2 Nights Mara Sopa Lodge, 1 Night Lake Nakuru Lodge, 2 Nights Amboseli Sopa Lodge, 1 Night Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, 2 Nights Serengeti Sopa Lodge, 2 Nights Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, 1 Night Tarangire Sopa lodge
- 1 night Lake Burunge Tented Camp, 1 night Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, 2 nights Kati Kati Tented Camp, 2 nights Ngorongoro Farm House
- Includes all meals, game drives, coffee walk at Karatu & a Ngorongoro Crater game drive
- Includes road transfers between lodges in a safari vehicle
- 1 night Lake Burunge Tented Camp, 1 night Endoro Lodge, 2 nights Kati Kati Tented Camp, 1 night Speke Bay lodge, 1 night Mara West Camp, 2 nights Ashnil Mara Camp, 1 Night Flamingo Hill Camp, 1 night Silver Spring Hotel, 1 Night Ol Tukai Lodge
- Includes meals, game drives, 4x4 game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, visit to the Karen Blixen Museum
- Includes all road transfers between lodges & Arusha
- 1 night Arusha Coffee Lodge, 2 nights &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, 2 nights &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, 3 nights Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
- Includes all meals & activities, a visit to the Cradle of Mankind
- Includes all road transfers & light flights between lodges
The Serengeti features an impressive array of accommodation options ranging from affordable safari lodges to private villas and romantic luxury tented camps that move around according to the animals’ migratory pattern. Whether you are keen to stay in the main park or in one of the exclusive surrounding private reserves, you are sure to find a variety of accommodation options to suit your needs.
Below is a list of properties in the Serengeti.
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Our friendly safari experts are on standby to find you a place that suits your every need and will assist you with every step of your journey.
- Serengeti Migration Camp offers luxurious tented accommodation that blends into the natural surroundings. This incredible location enables guests to experience an amazing wildlife experience from the comfort of their stone, wood and canvas tents.
- Kirawira Serena Camp in the Serengeti offers the epitome of classic ‘Out of Africa' safari camp luxury. Styled to replicate the elegant hunting camps of such legendary ‘white hunters' as Denys Finch Hatton and Baron Bror Blixen, it is located adjacent to the famous western corridor of the Serengeti National Park
- Found on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive Grumeti Reserves, is an exclusive-use retreat. Luxurious suites with an infinity private pool, a private tennis court and pavilion. In-room spa treatments. Television and children of all ages are welcomed.