Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s most popular and oldest national park. In Maasai language of the natives’ Serengeti means “endless plains”, laid out to accommodate the migration of the wildebeest, the homely grazing animals whose 2-to-3-million-member herd play the dominance attraction and starring role in the park.
The Serengeti National Park covering 14,750 square kilometres, lies in between the shores of Lake Victoria in the Eastern side and Kenya’s Masai Mara to the Northwest. With hills rising out of the seemingly endless plains, rivers and small lakes, magnificent rocky outcrops and the occasional swamp add to the memorably breath taking scenery of the safari park’s fascination.
Famous for its Wildebeest population, the park is believed to hold the largest population of Lions in Africa due to the abundance of prey species. The vast Serengeti is a home to many other species along with Leopard, Cheetah, Topi, Eland, Waterbuck, Warthog, spotted and striped Hyena, Baboon, Giraffe, Impala, Elephant, Wild dog, Ostrich, Marabou stork, Kori Bustard and many more.
The Widebeest migration follows the vegetation and rains, move between Serengeti and Masai Mara (Kenya) throughout the year.
Best time to visit:
June to October – To see predators
December to July – To follow wildebeest migration
Wildebeest Migration Map