Rated as the most exciting up-and-coming wildlife location in the world, Serengeti (derived from the word “seringit” in the Maasai language, Maa, meaning “endless plains”) is like being in the middle of a National Geographic wildlife special!
The Serengeti eco-system of approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) is made up of the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Its circular migration of especially wildebeest and zebras!
Around October/November they cross through the Mara river towards Kenya, and again back north around July/August. These months are pure estimations because nobody knows for sure when the migration will take place. It depends on the rain and of course the more than 1.6 million herbivores.
Also depending on which area they migrate to, times may differ.
They don’t migrate in one group but split up into groups of hundreds at a time.
In a nutshell, the viewing of the migration is an experience of a lifetime.
Like South Africa, Tanzania also has the “Big Five”.
There are four entrances to Serengeti. The last entry is usually by 16h00.
Entrance fees are usually included when you book an organized package, which is highly recommended. There is much to see and do, but without an organized safari package you’ll miss most of the animal sightings. The guides are experienced and they know exactly where to go and when.
The Seronera (SEU) airstrip allows access to the following lodges (featured on the side strip of our article):
The Kogatende (KOG) airstrip allows access Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge.
The Sasawka (SSK) airstrip allows access to Grumeti Migration Camp.
Lobo (LOB) airstrip allows access to:
Ndutu (NDT) airstrip allows access to Sanctuary Kusini Camp.
There are many flights in one day from across the world, such as the below flight schedule from London to Kilimanjaro International Airport, indicates.
No less than 4 days / 5 nights. This way you get to see most of the park as you have 8 game drives to enjoy the beauty of the wildlife and see the most.
Definitely. If you continue to take your normal safety precautions which you do, as a rule anyway, you should be just fine.
Some two to three million years ago a massive volcano erupted in Tanzania leaving behind a floor that today spans 260 km2 (100 sq mi), and 610 m (2,000 ft) deep. It’s estimated that the original volcano was between 4,500 m (15,000 ft) and 5,800 m (19,000 ft) high.
The crater, with an estimated 25,000 animals, is home to the “Big Five” and most wildlife except the crocodile, giraffe, and impala. For giraffe sightings, you should book a few nights inside the Serengeti National Park (see above accommodation options in the Serengeti National Park), especially on the eastern side.