Travelling to The Serengeti National Park can be by scheduled or charter flights which are available from Lake Manyara, Mwanza or Arusha. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can get there by road from the Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire or from Arusha.
View the picturesque scenery of The Serengeti National Park in a hot air balloon safari, why not take time to see the Maasai Rock Paintings and even hear the Musical Rocks! Just down the road, you’ll find the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. The best time to visit The Serengeti is from December to July if you want to witness the wildebeest migration. Alternatively, visit from June to October to see predators.
The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s most famous park and it is also the oldest. It is believed to be one of the natural wonders of the world and to see the million wildebeest rhythmically and instinctively travelling together across the land is truly magical. Before migration begins from Southern Serengeti, wildebeest mate and produces more than 8,000 calves daily. It’s survival of the fittest as migration is a 1,000 km (600 miles) pilgrimage, battling crocodile-infested rivers as they travel north. As well as the wildebeest migration, 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Gazelles join in looking for food. This spectacle takes place from December to July. It’s important to bear in mind that the wildebeest migration route is unpredictable and to see it, you need to allow a minimum of three days at two or three different locations in Serengeti when visiting during migration season.
The Serengeti scenery is ever-changing. When the weather is hot and dry, the savannah is a dusty sunburnt red which is then transformed to lush, green grassland dotted with pretty wildflowers after the rains have visited. There are towering hills that stand tall over the grassland, with dotted termite mounds and sparkling flowing rivers with abundant Fig and Acacia trees standing tall and statuesque above them.
Even if you visit The Serengeti outside of the wildebeest migration you will still see some unbelievably game-viewing including herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, topi, eland, impala, kongoni and gazelles. The park is also home to golden lions who prowl along the high plains. Leopards lurk in the Acacia trees along the Seronera River and cheetahs flit through the South Eastern plains. African jackals also live in The Serengeti along with the spotted hyena, aardwolf and serval cats.
As well as mammals, The Serengeti is home to agama lizards, rock hyraxes and granite koppies. There are 100 different species of dung beetle and more than 500 different bird species. It’s here you could see huge ostrich, secretary birds, black eagles and vultures gliding in the sky.
A safari around the Northern Tanzania Circuit follows a popular safari route.
Optional Activities in Northern Tanzania.