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Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

When one thinks of Africa, it is likely that the mental image conjured up originates from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This renowned park boasts a vast expanse of breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, making it a popular destination among tourists and nature lovers alike.

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Everything you need to know:

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is a captivating destination that attracts travelers worldwide. It’s known for its picturesque views, wildlife, and authentic tranquility, making it an ideal African safari experience. It’s a must-visit for avid travelers, with the annual wildebeest and zebra migration as its main attraction.

Where is the reserve located?

Located in northern Tanzania at approximately 2.1540° S, 34.6857° E, the park covers a vast tract of land around 14,763 square kilometers in size. The Serengeti can be divided into three distinct regions based on vegetation: the Northern Serengeti, the Serengeti Plains, and the Western Corridor. 

The area is known for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, which attracts visitors from around the world. Depending on when you travel, you may visit the Northern, Central, or Southern parts of the Serengeti to witness this spectacular event. Interestingly, the word ‘Serengeti’ means ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language.

About the reserve

What type of wildlife will we see?

The park boasts an impressive wildlife population that attracts visitors from all over the world. Each year, roughly 3 million antelope, predominantly wildebeest, migrate from one end of the park to the other in search of fresh grazing areas. As expected, this creates an ideal opportunity for a diverse range of predators to follow closely behind, resulting in an unparalleled three-week long spectacle of nature’s predator-prey dynamic. 

The rest of the year is equally remarkable, with a large population of animals, including zebra, impala, eland, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, rhino, foxes, jackals, crocodiles, baboons, and more, calling the park their home.

Top experiences to enjoy at Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park offers a unique safari experience, beyond the typical game drives found in standard travel brochures. Visitors can partake in exciting activities such as a bird’s eye view of wildebeest migrations in a hot air balloon, hone their photography skills on a guided expedition, trek on foot, or leisurely ride into the sunset with a knowledgeable guide. With plenty of options available, travelers can customize their adventure to their preferences.

When to visit
The park offers a great game viewing experience all year round, with specific areas offering more abundant sightings depending on the time of year. Your best opportunity for spotting wildlife is during the dry season which runs from late June until October. For those looking forward to witnessing the incredible wildebeest migration, it is advisable to plan your visit between May and early June when the herds cross Tanzania in search of food and water as the season changes.

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