Serengeti National Park
Home of the wildebeest migration
Biggest park in Tanzania
Scenic landscapes and home to the big 5
BEST TIME TO GO
The Serengeti is a year-round safari destination so the best time to visit will ultimately depend on what you want to see and do in this 14,750 km² stretch of rolling savannahs. For the Great Migration and general wildlife viewing, June to October is the best time for a visit, while January and February are the best times for the calving season. Other unique activities, like hot air balloon rides and scintillating nature walks are also best done during the dry season since the skies are typically clear.
Situated partly adjacent to the Kenya border, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s prize jewel and the flagship of its tourism efforts. Rightly so, considering this massive expanse of grassland is home to an abundance of wildlife, stunning landscapes and a flurry of safari activities.
The name Serengeti is aptly derived from the Masai phrase “Siringet” which translates to “endless plains”, perfectly describing the area’s sheer size. In 1981, the Serengeti National Park was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status.
The park can be divided into three major wildlife animals vegetation areas — open grasslands to the southeast, open woodlands to the north and a picturesque mosaic of grass and woodlands to the west.
In addition to the more than 35 different animal species, there are some 3,000 lions in the Serengeti, as well as great numbers of spotted hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, and baboons. There are also crocodiles inhabiting the marshes near the Mara River bordering Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, while over 350 species of birds, including ostriches, flamingos, and vultures have also been recorded here.
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