Imagine endless horizons, seas of pale yellow grass rippling in the warm breeze, gnarled acacias twisting to the sky, and vultures circling on thermals overhead. The Serengeti is Africa’s most well-known and spectacular game reserve.
The Serengeti Africa is one of those very rare places that has a huge reputation, yet still somehow manages to surpass expectations and take your breath away. Surrounded by remarkable tribes such as the Massai and Hadzabe, this wider area is also fascinating from a cultural perspective.
The whole park is a world heritage site, and the varied eco-system coupled with the huge volume of wildlife means you can spend ample time in different locations and never feel like you’ve seen it all.
From the dramatic Kjopes in the north, to the acacia dotted endless plains to the south, it is not just the animals which makes a safari in the Serengeti so remarkable. In a nutshell, it is rightly the most celebrated wildlife reserves in the world; there is nowhere else to match it. It is outstanding!
There is such a variety of species to be found in the Serengeti and definitely too great a number to mention here, which is why it is such an integral part of a Tanzania safari. The park’s main attraction is the Great Migration, consisting of up to 2 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 thompson, impala and grant’s gazelles – many consider it to be the most spectacular remaining African wildlife spectacle. The predator viewing here is exceptional with approximately 3-4,000 lion and huge numbers of cheetah, leopard and hyena. Other animals commonly found in the park include topi, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, elephant, caracal, serval, bat-eared fox, hyrax, genet, hares, porcupine, aardvark, giraffe, jackal, mongoose, crocodile, monitor lizard, aardwolf, many kinds of primates including baboons, vervet and colobus monkeys, and over 500 species of bird.
Where is the Serengeti located?
The Serengeti is the main component of a Northern Tanzania Safari Itinerary. It is a vast stretch of endless plains brimming with wildlife in the North East of Tanzania – Tanzania’s border changes it to Kenya’s famous Masai Mara. It is only a short flight from Arusha (along with many other Northern airstrips!) – a flight you absolutely must consider if you are ever visiting other Northern Tanzania parks. Many travellers also visit Northern Tanzania to experience the vibrant Maasai culture in the Ngorongoro Highlands, but also to go into the Ngorongoro Crater itself. There are also other smaller surrounding parks, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, but these are more “add on” destinations – The Serengeti in our view is the real star of the show.
is a lovely, quiet park located slightly off the main safari route. It is best known for its elephant migration, birding, and safari atmosphere.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place to see the Big Five in East Africa. It is an excellent way to begin your African safari adventure.
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is a free-standing, snow-covered dormant volcano. It can be seen from as far as Kenya and Amboseli National Park in northeast Tanzania.
Mahale, located in the far west of the country on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and home to the best chimp viewing in Africa,
The Serengeti is Africa’s most well-known and spectacular game reserve.
Lake Manyara, located in the shadow of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, is best used as a gentle introduction to an East African safari.
The Nyerere National Park, located in southern Tanzania and away from the crowds, is Africa’s largest game reserve and one of our favorite wildlife viewing areas.
Katavi National Park, located in the far west of Tanzania, is a safari enthusiast’s dream. Katavi, which is frequently combined with nearby Mahale, receives very few visitors