Serengeti National Park
Serengeti meaning an 'extended place' is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With 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.
Serengeti National Park Facts
- Size & Location: 30 000km² in Northern Tanzania up to Kenyan border
- When to visit the park: June - October (warm and dry. Preferred season)
- Climate: Moderate temperatures throughout the year (21-27°C) but gets cooler from June - Aug
- Rainfall: 950 - 1150mm scattered in most parts
- Altitude: Ranges from 950m to 1850m above sea level
Information On Serengeti National Park
The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular - the annual Serengeti migration. Although not confined to a specific time, the migrations tend to occur around May or early June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold the huge herds back.
A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savannah with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout. In the south-east rise the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Each area has its own particular atmosphere and wildlife.
With 14 700km² of rolling plains are covered by long and short savannah grasses and continue to serve as the home of over 35 species of plains mammals. Over 3 million animals coexist in the park, making it famous for its incredible variety of wildlife. These include Patterson's eland, Klipspringer, Dik-dik, impala, Zebra, gazelles, water, bush and reedbuck, topi, kongoni, cotton's oribi, grey bush duiker, roan antelope buffalo, and wildebeest. The annual wildebeest migration sees the hundreds of huge herds of herbivores moving in a circular, clockwise direction between the Serengeti's Western Corridor and Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Predators here include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat-eared fox, hunting dog and jackal. Smaller mammals such as spring hare, porcupine, warthog, hyraxes, baboon, Vervet monkey, Colobus monkey, Patas monkey, and mongooses abound in the park.
There are also the more commonly sought larger mammals such as giraffe, rhino, elephant and hippopotamus. Nearly 500 species of bird, including vultures, storks, flamingos, martial and fish eagles, ostrich can be found as well as crocodiles, a number of species of snakes and lizards.
The Serengeti National Park has been internationally recognised as part of Serengeti-Ngorongoro Biosphere Reserve (with the adjoining Maswa Game Reserve) under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1981 and inscribed on the World Heritage List in the same year.
Main Attractions Of Serengeti National Park
- Serengeti Migrations after the summer rains
- Huge concentrations of game and predator-prey scenarios
- UNESCO world heritage site
Where is Serengeti National Park located?
The Serengeti forms part of Tanzania's Northern Safari Circut, the national park is located north-west of the Ngorongoro Crater and borders Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Have a look at the map link to see and explore the exact location of the Serengeti; HERE WeGo Maps - Serengeti National Park
It is interesting also to note the difference in size between the Masai Mara and Serengeti.
Please also have a look at the map found at the bottom of this page for the location of safari lodges and camps within and surrounding the Serengeti.
Celebrating David Livingstone In Tanzania
Some of the most iconic moments in the legend and real history of David Livingstone's explorations emanate from Tanzania.
The reporter and explorer HM Stanley famously met Livingstone at Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika with the reputed words of "Dr Livingstone I presume."
10 Best Lodges in Tanzania
Looking for the best places to stay in Tanzania? Look no further! Uyaphi has put together a list of our 10 best lodges in the country, perfect for any traveller.
From Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks to Selous Game Reserve and beyond, we’ve got you covered. So book now and enjoy an unforgettable African safari!
What is the best time for a safari in Tanzania?
Discover the best time for a safari in Tanzania! Our guide will help you plan your trip for an incredible wildlife experience during the right season.
Explore stunning landscapes and see some of the most fantastic wildlife and birdlife on earth!
The Ultimate Tanzania Bucket List
Are you planning a trip to Tanzania? You're in for an incredible adventure! Our ultimate bucket list will take you to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the country.
Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro, tour Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, and explore the Zanzibar Archipelago – just to name a few highlights. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your dream vacation today!
Best Tanzania Safari Routes
Introducing the best safari Routes and safari itineraries! Explore the Serengeti's vast plains, marvel at the wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, and much more.
With us, you'll have everything taken care of, from planning to execution - so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your adventure.
10 Best Serengeti Safari Holidays
10 Of the best safari packages where one gets to explore, witness and photograph some of Africa's best wildlife sightings in one of Africa's top National Parks, The Serengeti.
Visiting the Serengeti National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, photograph and experience some of Africa's best wildlife sightings.
100 Years Anniversary of WW1 in Africa
In 2014, most of Europe, the UK, North America and the majority of the former British colonies and territories will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
These commemorations will be times of reflection, of memory and certainly not of celebration.
Top 5 restaurants in Zanzibar
The island of Zanzibar is one of those wonderfully exotic names which conjures up mystery, spices and tropical heat.
It is all those things and more. In 2013, it is likely to be your beach destination of choice if you have been on safari in mainland Tanzania or even Kenya.