A vast expanse of endless plains located in northern Tanzania extending to south-western Kenya (known as the Maasai Mara on the Kenyan side of the border), the Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. The Serengeti is proudly home to a huge population of wildebeest and renowned for its large lion population. It is one of the best places to observe lion prides in their natural environment.
The Serengeti is home to approximately 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards and 7,700 - 8,700 spotted hyenas. Some of the other most popular species are the African Cheetah, African bush elephant, Eastern black rhinoceros and approximately 1.2 million Serengeti Wildebeest.
One can also spot the Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, which are more than half a million in number along with over 8,000 Masai giraffe, warthog, topi, eland, waterbuck, duiker, impala, klipspringer, roan antelope, bushbuck, zebra, lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx and hartebeest.
There are more than 500 bird species including ostrich, secretary bird, kori bustards, crowned cranes, marabou storks, martial eagles, lovebirds, and many species of vultures.
Game drives - When many people envisage Africa, they think of the endless plains of the Serengeti, and the wonderful wildlife it contains. Delight in the wonders of nature as you explore the wildlife and scenic beauty of this iconic terrain. The variety of species and the sheer number of animals will leave you awe-struck.
Serengeti Visitor Center - Rich in education and entertainment, the Serengeti Visitor Center is a must for all visiting the Serengeti. It has an open-air exhibition, visitor information, walking trails, picnic sites and much more.
Maasai village - Observe and appreciate the unique culture and traditions of the Maasai in an interactive visit to a local village. Night game drives - There is an altogether different feel to the game drives in the night. Many predators are most active at night. Relying more heavily on your senses besides sight, listening to the roar of lions in the night, makes this a unique and unmissable experience. Moru Kopjes - Home to the black rhinos in the park, the highlight at Moru is Gong Rock where a short walk leads to a series of Maasai paintings.
Game viewing is superb through out the year, however some times are better than the others!
January-February is best for the wildebeest calving. The way that predators interact with the herds at this time of year is fascinating!
June-September is best for general wildlife viewing, with a chance of seeing the wildebeest crossing of the Grumeti River during June-July in the western corridor. June to October has little to no rainfall.
High Season: July to March, with March and April being the peak of the wet season.
Low Season: April and May
The excavations at Olduvai Gorge show that people lived and hunted in the area for some two million years before the German and then the British colonisers arrived.
For around 200 years before the first European explorer arrived at open plains of eastern Mara Region in 1892, the Maasai people had been grazing their livestock in these open plains.
In 1913 the first American explorer recorded his explorations. He returned with his companions to the area around Seronera and camped for three months and shot 50 lions, making their population scarce. This resulted in the British colonial administration declaring the 800 acres area as a partial game reserve in 1921 and full one in 1929.
With the intention of preserving wildlife, the British evicted the resident Maasai from the park in 1959 and moved them to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.