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Serengeti Safaris

This world-renowned reserve sets the stage for the Great Migration – when herds of over one million wildebeest flanked by thousands of zebra and gazelle make their way across the seemingly endless Serengeti grasslands in search of greener pastures.

This theatre for the largest terrestrial mammal migration on Earth stretches from the Ngorongoro Highlands in the south, to Kenya’s Masai Mara in the north. Around 30,000km2  in size, the Serengeti National Park is flanked on all sides by special conservation areas, including the Grumeti Game Reserve and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The herds are a magnet for large predators from lion and hyena to wild dog, so there are many opportunities for intense wildlife sightings. Many safari camps in the north are also situated close to crocodile-filled rivers, which wildebeest cross at their own peril.

All of the “Big 5” can also be found on the Serengeti’s sunbaked savanna plains, so even when the wildebeest have left the area, there is plenty of permanent game to see. Most lodges and camps offer game drives in 4WD vehicles, with a select few providing the opportunity to explore on foot or by hot air balloon. Various properties also have excellent fun yet educational programs for children, so mum and dad can completely relax and enjoy their holiday.
The semi-nomadic Maasai are often seen living in harmony with the Serengeti’s wildlife, herding their cattle as they have for hundreds of years. Some properties can arrange community visits for insight into local lifestyles. There are also various interesting archaeological sites to discover in northern Tanzania,such as Olduvai Gorge where hominid fossils have been found.

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Serengeti Highlights

  • Tanzania’s most famous reserve
  • Site of the annual wildebeest migration
  • Plenty of permanent plains game
  • Intense predator action
  • Excellent classic and luxury safari camps
  • Maasai cultural experiences
  • Opportunities to hot air balloon over the landscape

When To Go

The wildebeest migration mass on the short grass plains of the southern and eastern Serengeti from November to May, moving towards the western corridor towards June as the rains finish. From July to September, the herds head north into Kenya’s Masai Mara. In October, the skies open once more so the animals return to the short grass plains.

If you plan to visit during the Great Migration, be sure to book early as our camps and lodges tend to fill up quickly in this period.

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Serengeti Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Serengeti region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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Tanzania Overview

Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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