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Serengeti Safari Holidays

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The destination

Serengeti National Park is one of Africa's best known and awe-inspiring safari destinations. It must be seen to be believed.

The word 'Serengeti' means 'endless plains' in the tribal Maasai language: a safari across this vast landscape will make it all too clear where the name came from. 

Serengeti National Park is the safari destination of dreams for those who grew up watching wildlife documentaries covering the acacia-dotted savannahs of Africa. "Big Sky Country", the scenery is as spectacular as the vast numbers of animals encountered. 

Seregenti National Park is where the Great Migration, one of nature's great events, makes its home. The Great Migration is an epic journey, undertaken annually by over two million mammals, mostly wildebeest and zebra, as they follow the scent of rain to find grazing areas capable of feeding their huge numbers. Arguably the highlight of the spectacle is the dramatic river crossings in the north, as the herds risk everything to access the lush grassland of Kenya's Masai Mara, crossing back into Tanzania just a few weeks later. The unparalleled density of herbivores means that Serengeti National Park has the highest concentration of predators anywhere in Africa. 

Due to its vast size, the Serengeti has a multitude of excellent wildlife viewing areas, and the topography changes drastically from the foothills of the Ngorongoro conservation area in the south, to the banks of the Mara river in the north.

As this is one of the most famous wildlife parks in Africa, numbers of visitors are always on the up, so certain areas at particular times of year can feel a bit crowded. However, it's always easy enough to head off and find a peaceful patch to enjoy this incredible ecosystem in peace.

A visit to Serengeti National Park will leave you in no doubt as to why it's known as "The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth!"

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WHERE TO STAY?

Serengeti National Park has an array of accommodation options, ranging from simple and adventurous mobile camps, to some of the most opulent lodges in Africa.

If you're here to see the Great Migration, we'd highly recommend staying in a mobile camp, as they relocate during the year to follow the herds.

If creature comforts are your thing, we'd suggest basing yourself at one of the permanent lodges, and heading out on your expeditions from there.

As Serengeti National Park is so huge, visitors often treat it as a twin-centre location, spending several nights in a mobile camp, followed by a bit of pampering in one of the more luxurious lodges.

Serengeti National Park has a wide variety of camps and lodges to choose from, with a selection of our favourites listed below. However, we have visited a large range, suitable for all budgets, so if you don't see something you like on our website, or you're not sure which is best for you, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com, we would be delighted to craft your own tailor-made safari. 

GAME VIEWING

As mentioned above, the world-famous Great Migration is one of the main reasons why people first consider a visit to Serengeti National Park, however, even without the Great Migration the Serengeti remains one of the most epic safari destinations in Africa.

Big cat sightings are almost guaranteed, with the various ecosystems perfectly suited to lion, leopard and cheetah. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile are all abundant, as are numerous species of grazing herbivore. Birdlife is also plentiful, with approximately 500 species found in the national park!

Serengeti National Park is governed by the rules of the Tanzanian National Parks Authority, so off-road drivings is not permitted, although it is possible in the selected private reserves that border the park. Keeping to the roads is not a problem, and important to maintain the ecosystem. The high density of wildlife means that you will never be far from another incredible sighting!

WHO SHOULD VISIT?

Serengeti National Park is a world-class wildlife destination and thus is suitable for all types of travellers, whether on honeymoon, travelling solo, as a family, or in a group of friends.

If you are travelling with children, we would not recommend visiting the Serengeti until they are aged six and above. Once they are over six, as long as they are able to understand and appreciate the rules set by their safari guides, we are sure they (and you!) will have an incredible time, with memories that will last a lifetime!

WHEN TO VISIT?

Serengeti National Park is an exceptional place to visit, all year round. The peak number of visitors are here in July and August, and at the end of December. The rainy, or 'green' season of April and May is the most difficult for game viewing.

If you're looking to witness the Great Migration making one of their famous river crossings, then Northern Serengeti in July- August is the place to be. However, the migration can be found in the Serengeti all year, and the below guide gives a quick reference as to where and when:

July - September: Northern Serengeti, crossing back and forth into Kenya. River crossings at their peak!

October - December: Eastern Serengeti, following the rains back towards their calving grounds in the south.

January - March: Southern Serengeti, calving season in the Ndutu plains. Lots of predator action, as the young are particularly vulnerable.

April - June: Western Serengeti, making their way north, passing through Grumeti reserves and crossing the Grumeti river.

 

Location

Top tips

  • Stay one of the Serengeti's many mobile camps, for a truly authentic safari experience.
  • If you are combining Northern Serengeti with Ngorongoro crater, consider flying between the two. The north of the park is a long way from Ngorongoro and if your time on safari is limited, you'll be spending a lot of time driving and not observing the wildlife. If you fly in, your guide will collect you from the airstrip and you'll be on safari from the moment you land!
  • As Serengeti National Park is so large, speak to your specialist to find out the best time of year and area to visit to meet your safari objectives.
  • Don't become obsessed with the Great Migration! Whilst the crowds are all waiting to see a river crossing, you could be exploring gloriously beautiful areas, with incredible wildlife sightings all to yourself.
  • Visit in the first two weeks of November to access amazing value rates at many of the camps and lodges.

 

  • Local currency: Tanzanian Shilling
  • Accepted currency: USD
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard (most places)
  • Timezone: GMT +3 hrs

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