Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

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The Serengeti Plains

Serengeti is the biggest National Park of Tanzania and even listed on the World Heritage List of Unesco. The name of the park comes from the Maasai word ‘siringet’ which means ‘endless plains’. This is a very suitable name as it is as big as 14800 square kilometers. Over a hundred years ago the Maasai were the first group of people to set foot on the Serengeti plains. During your safari your will see the Maasai who still live there.


Serengeti is the place to see big cats. This park is world famous for its high population of lions, but you can also spot many cheetahs and leopards. Another reason why many people visit this unique ecosystem is the Big Migration. Every year more than a million wildebeest, zebras and Thomson-gazelles migrate following the rain. The migration is like the weather, unpredictable. To increase the chance of spotting the migration you can follow these rules:


January till May, most likely the migration will be in southern Serengeti and Ndutu.

June till August, the migration moves to western Serengeti.

September and October, the migration will be between western and northern Serengeti in Ikoma area.

November, the migration will be up north close to the Maasai Mara.

December, the migration will make a huge run down south again.


With thousands of hunters and preys living together, you can imagine that a lot of kills happen daily. By starting your safari early when the big cats are most active, you will increase the chance of spotting a kill. These kills attract vultures and other birds who feed on carcasses of dead animals. These feasts are a pleasure for the eye. Have a look at our movies for a preview.

About Serengeti

Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).

Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.

Getting There

Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza.

Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.

What To Do?

Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators. Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.

Visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.

When To Go?

To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October


Four lodges, six luxury tented camps and campsites scattered through the park; one new lodge will be opened next season (Bilila Lodge); one luxury camp, a lodge and two tented camps just outside.

Serengeti Wildebeest migration

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