Serengeti National Park
At 5622 square miles, the Serengeti National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania with an incredible population of resident animals (lions, cheetah, leopards, elephant, buffalo, gazelle, crocodiles, etc.) that can be seen year round.
In addition to the migration, it contains the largest concentration of lions in Africa. Prides as large as twenty members can be seen lazing away under trees or stalking their prey at dusk.
Cheetahs can also be seen on the large, open plains, their speed making it unnecessary for them to hide from their prey.
Heart of the African Savannah
The Serengeti is a must see at any time of the year! This is what most people envision a game park to look like; with it’s vast plains, large and diverse animal populations and a new adventure down every path.
Circle of Life
The circle of life is nowhere more evident than during the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles through the Serengeti. They leave the southern Serengeti, usually once the rains end in June, to forage for food and water in the north, eventually ending up in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve, just across the Kenya/Tanzania border.
As the animals make their way North, they must navigate the Grumeti river, home to numerous crocodiles that feast on the wildebeest as they attempt to cross the river. November marks the return of the short rains and the animals begin to head back South into the Serengeti.
The best months to see the migration in the Serengeti is December through May, although April and May normally have heavy rains, so count on getting stuck in the mud at least once. (Don’t worry, your guides will be prepared for this to happen).
For more information, visit the Serengeti’s official site.