Serengeti National Park is the most prominent park for Tanzania safari and it is where the spectacular Serengeti Wildebeest Migration parked almost throughout the year. The Park is on Northern Tanzania and it bordered Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. The Serengeti Masai Mara ecosystem is among the oldest ecosystem in the world and it makes home to a large number of wildlife found nowhere else in the world. To visit this great park in Tanzania please see our sample packages which includes Serengeti National Park at – Tanzania safari Packages
Serengeti National Park in Africa
When it comes to safari in Africa especially in Tanzania, Serengeti National Park will always be the number one to click in peoples mind, where is Serengeti one would ask, but the answer is plan now to visit this great safari destination and you will never forget the experience. Serengeti National Park is the largest National Park in East Africa in a country called Tanzania. Serengeti is home to millions of wild animals the small and the big. Serengeti National Park makes what is called Serengeti Masai Mara Ecosystem which combines several Game Reserve like Maswa Game Reserve, Grumeti Game Reserve, Loliondo and Ikorongo Game Controlled areas as well as a party of Ngorongoro Conservation Area at southern Serengeti. This extension is also includes the Masai mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
Serengeti National Park History
The name Serengeti was derived from the word ‘Siringet’ by Maasai the nomadic people’s language (maa) that means the endless plains, the word itself is an enough explanation of the legendary African savannah plains. Serengeti National Park was established during fortress conservation times where two big tribes of Maasai and Kuria were moved out of the Serengeti. Kuria people were forced to go to the areas around Lake Victoria while Maasai were moved towards the southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro highlands, later in 1951 Serengeti was then announced as a National Park.
Serengeti National park is Tanzania’s oldest park covering an area of about 14,763 sq km of endless rolling plains, which spread up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria. The park is flourishing with magnificent wildlife and it is of no doubt that it is the most famous wildlife area in Africa. UNESCO has established two World heritage site and two Biosphere Reserve in this area. Its unique environment has inspired writers, film makers as well as numerous photographers and scientists.
Serengeti is the place where the world renowned Great Wildebeest Migration spending time from the months of November up to Middle of August. The movement of mass wild animals back and forth from Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya is an amazing natural phenomenon which involves more than one million and a half wildebeests accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles walking thousands of miles in searching for green pastures and water. In Serengeti National Park Wildebeests Migration seems to have outshine the richness of resident animals and bird life that flourish in the Serengeti yearly around but the truth is that the park is always a wonderful place to visit with or without the existence of the migration herds.
Serengeti National Park best time to visit
The best time to visit Serengeti is still a question as the wildlife richness in the park is undisputed and can be seen throughout the year, between November to mid-August the immigration of herds are in Tanzania roaming around Serengeti plains before they return to Masai Mara in mid-August and September, possibly this can be the best time to visit Serengeti park. However, due to climatic changes their movement has been quite unpredictable (please contact our safari experts for an updates of their movements).
Another Mara River crossing can be in November when returning back to Serengeti from Masai Mara Game Reserve.
The long rainy season usually starts in middle March or April and goes up to May generally this rain covers the whole of East Africa however, the rainy is very brief and has been experienced mostly during the nights. It is possible to do our Tanzania Safaris at this time where lodges and tented camps are lowering their prices, traffic at this time is usually low and the park is uncrowded. Other option is to visit Southern Serengeti during the months of December to March where the migration of herds are crowded at Ndutu plains for calving & nursing (sycronized birth).
The months of April and May usually are spent at Central Serengeti plains and around Seronera area while June and Mid July it is best time to stay at the Western corridor and around the Grumeti River area. Mid- July to Mid -August you can move to the Northern Serengeti at Bologonja and Lobo areas as well as around Mara River (Mara River crossing can be at this time). In months of June and August the area of Ikoma which is outside the Serengeti National park can be a good place for the game drives.
The Big 5 of the African afari can occasionally be spotted in Serengeti following the recently introduction of the black rhino. The big five includes the African elephant, cape buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard. You may also expect to see other animals like zebras, topi, eland, impala, gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs, baboons, monkeys, foxes, silver backed jackals, pangolin, pythons, caracals, bush pigs, bush bucks, bat eared foxes. Large birds like hammer kops, Kori bustards, secretary birds, ostriches in facts it will take ages to list animals and birds found in the wild rich Serengeti National Park.
Our Serengeti National Park holiday packages are mostly combine other Northern Tanzania safari parks like Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater. However, Serengeti safari can still be done independently starting from 3 days, two nights and above. Serengeti National Park hot air balloon can also be done during your safari in Serengeti but it has to be booked well in advance.
Accommodation in Serengeti can be rated to fit your budget, needs and aspiration. You can stay in lodges, tented camps or campsites and enjoy our wild Tanzania. Our Safari experts can advise you on where to go and to stay based on your budget. On our person experience we value first-hand experience and consistent inspection. Serengeti National Park Shall Never Die!