Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous wildlife areas in Africa and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. Established in 1951, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration and offers some of the best wildlife viewings in Africa.
The word Serengeti is an approximation of a word used by the Maasai which means “endless plains” or “the place that land runs on forever”.
The Serengeti National Park together with Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve forms Africa’s most famous wildlife region. On it’s own, the Serengeti National Park is just under 15,000 km2. There are four distinct areas to the Serengeti; the Central (Seronera), the Western Corridor, Northern Serengeti, and Southern Serengeti; which depending on the time of year. Depending on the time of year you wish to go on safari; will normally determine which area we suggest your camp/lodge be located. The reason for this is the wildebeest and zebra migration moves in a clock-wise movement from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to Tanzania’s Serengeti; meaning the herds are in different areas depending on the month you visit.
The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture, and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost an essential excursion.