The Wildebeest migration is now out of the Maasai Mara and in the Serengeti National Park at the southern end of the Serengeti Ecosystem where they are giving birth to some 500,000 calves. This is an incredible time to visit should you wish.
Serengeti National Park (Serengeti) is located in Tanzania, best known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration.
The Serengeti stretches 14,763 (5,700 sq miles) stretching North to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the West.
Serengeti has the highest concentration of large mammals on this planet and it’s famously known for its 2,500 Lions the largest concentration found anywhere. The park also has over 518 identified bird species where some of them are Eurasian migrants who are present in the European winter months from
Major Attractions: The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some 8 million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,500,000 wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing. Predators follow the migration and sightings of big cats hunting are particularly exciting. Spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal are never far off either.
Wildlife: The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania’s best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lions are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetah is very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
Getting there: Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and use a domestic flight to get to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
The most convenient way to get from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small plane to one of the various airstrips in the park. The drive from Arusha to the Serengeti is about 325km/202mi and will take about eight hours. It is a bumpy ride and, for a large part, over dirt roads – but the trip offers beautiful scenery. You’ll surely see some wildlife on the way or may even do a game drive en route.
Where to stay: There are epitome destination lodgings for unparalleled game viewing and photography. The deluxe Safari Tier 2 canvas accommodations in Serengeti like Buffalo Luxury Camp in the east, Lake Masek Tented Camp in the south have more rooms with more guests in camp, offering slightly less flexibility of organized activities than the premier accommodations but still aspire to the very good standards of service and attention to detail.
Value tented camps like Kati Kati Camp in central Serengeti has several campgrounds but are away from each other. These modest camps are set at Safari Tier 3 specifically for budget conscious guests geared towards economies of scale with no-frill services and standards.