Serengeti National Park
As a result of the growing awareness for the need for
conservation, the Serengeti National Park was established in
1951. The Serengeti is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife
sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty
and scientific value and can also be considered the most
famous national park in Africa due to the exceptional year
round game viewing it provides. In addition, the variety and
abundance of animals you will most likely encounter in the
Serengeti are found to be far greater than any other African
park. The name ‘Serengeti” comes from the Maasai language
and appropriately means ‘an extended place’. With an
estimate of more than two million wildebeest, half a million
Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has
the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The
wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of the annual
Serengeti migration. The Serengeti ecosystem, one of the
oldest on earth, supports numerous diverse mammals including
rhino, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, warthog, and many species
of primates, undulates and carnivores. The Serengeti is a
wonderful park where clients have the opportunity to see the
Big Five, including buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and
The Serengeti region encompasses the Serengeti National
Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Masawa Game Reserve,
Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas, the Loliondo and the
Massai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The National Park,
with an area of 12,950 square kilometers is broadly divided
into three distinct areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera
River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo area that
extends northward through the Lamai Wedge to the Maasai
The Serengeti ecosystem is comprised of a unique combination
of diverse habitats enabling it to support more than 30
species of herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds
providing visitors with a well rounded safari. Its landscape
originally formed by volcanic activity now varies with
savannah with scattered acacia tress in the centre, to
hilly, wooded grasslands in the north, extensive woodlands
and black clay plains to the west, to open grass plains in
the southern Serengeti.
The Serengeti’s climate is generally pleasant, warm and dry
with temperatures rarely exceeding 85 degrees Fahrenheit
which lends for comfortable temperatures for game viewing.
The main rainy season occurs from March through May, with
short rains falling in October and November. After the rains
fall during the rainy season, the land is lush and green
providing ample supply of vegetation for the animals.
Eventually, a gradual drying up of the water supply and
vegetation restricts plant growth and results in the animals
migrating in search of water and greener pastures.
At the heart of the Serengeti ecosystem lies a phenomenon
considered to be the largest movement of wildlife on earth.
Over one and a half million wildebeest and half a million
ungulates migrate north (over 500 miles) from the Serengeti
to the adjoining Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya each year.
Zebra and gazelle participate as well but are only partial
migrants. It is questionable as to whether the zebras make
the full journey and it is certain that the gazelle stay in
the Serengeti. The circuit type movement of the wildebeest
occurs according to the rains. The Migration is rarely the
same annually in regards to exact timing and direction.
Local conditions influence grass growth in turn affecting
the movement of the wildebeest and other migrating animals.
Some years they may move off the open plains earlier and
remain in the northern woodlands for longer periods of time.
As our itineraries our designed by following the migratory
patterns of animals, our clients visit the best locations
and lodges allowing them to witness wildlife in its most
Safaris take you to: