Tanzania’s flagship conservation area, the Serengeti National Park, is home to one of the highest concentrations of species in the world as well as the largest terrestrial mammal migration on earth “Wildebeest Migration”. Whatever time of year, a Serengeti Safaris is a remarkable experience because of the park’s incredible concentration of wildlife.
Africa’s award-winning Serengeti National Park is a great place for adventure especially for those who wish to experience incredible wildlife encounters. Safaris to Serengeti guarantee big game sightings including the African Big Five animals (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, and Rhino)
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is found in the northern Circuit of Tanzania and covers about 1.5 million hectares of savanna, and stretches on a total land area of over 14,763 square kilometers. The National Park was established in 1951. The National Park is at the heart of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and is well-defined by the area covered by the Annual Wildebeest Migration.
Serengeti is one of the few places in the world where you can witness the unaltered wildlife migration, “Wildebeest Migration”. Large herds of grazer mammals are usually seen migrating in search of new pastures and water for their survival and they usually attract an impressive number of carnivores like lions, leopards, and hyenas, among others that follow the wildebeest in pursuit of prey. Game-viewing safaris in Serengeti will not leave you the same, with wildlife sighting guaranteed in just a blink of an eye.
Serengeti National Park is teeming with large numbers of wildlife all year round and game-viewing safaris here will never disappoint.
Each year-round, large numbers of mammal grazers with over one million wildebeest, and hundreds of thousands of zebras, and gazelles, move through the Serengeti in search of food and breeding grounds. The mammal grazers migrate in a circular manner and usually after arriving in Kenya’s Masai Mara; they stay for a few weeks or months and then start moving southwards to Tanzania.
Usually when the calving season comes to an end in the southern part of Tanzania’s Serengeti near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, large numbers of mammal grazers journey through the Serengeti up and around in a clockwise direction towards Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve where they have ample grasses to feed before returning to Tanzania as the year nears an end.
As the mammal grazers migrate, on their way, they face great life-challenging dramatic encounters, as thousands of animals are taken by predators and thousands more are born, replenishing the numbers and sustaining the circle of life.
Usually from December to June is a wet season in Serengeti and animals usually head towards the south to Naabi Hill, and as temperatures increase and the dry season sets, the large herds travel through the Seronera River Valley and the Western corridor before they cross the Grumeti River and moving north to the Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs.
The Park is home to over 2.5 million wildebeests, over 900,000 gazelles, and 300,000 zebras as the dominant herds. While on safaris in Serengeti National Park, you can also grab a chance to spot other herbivores like the elands, hartebeests, buffalos, hippopotamus, black rhinoceroses, antelopes, and ten species of primates.
The National Park is famous for large numbers of predators, Serengeti National Park has one of the largest lion populations in Africa with over 4,000 lions, and others include leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs.
Serengeti National Park is also home to great numbers of birdlife with it habituating over 500 species of birds that are perennial.