Imagine vast expansive plains with endless horizons, seas of pale yellow grass rippling in the warm breeze, gnarled acacias twisting to the sky and vultures circling on thermals overhead.
This is the Serengeti, Africa’s most famous and fabulous game reserve.
The Great Migration
Subject of countless documentaries, the Serengeti does not disappoint in real life. Each year, up to two million wildebeest snake their way across the plains following the promise of rain. Accompanied by zebra, they form a black, braying column more than 40 kilometres long. Flurries of egrets rise and fall above them and dust surrounds their hooves. They thrash through rivers, crackle across plains and finally, reaching verdant grasslands, give birth to wet glistening calves, wobbling on unsteady legs.
Wildlife of the Serengeti
Even without the migration the Serengeti’s wildlife is unparalleled. Lion are a practical certainty for the photographer, cheetah pace the plains, leopard lounge in sausage trees and spotted hyena and golden jackal can be seen trotting through the grass. In the acacia woodland, Kirk’s dik-dik, oribi and roan hide, whilst herds of elephant feed on the fringes.
As the Serengeti is vast and the migration moves through different areas according to season, we recommend you stay in a couple of different areas of the park. We’ve outlined these areas, but speak to our specialists to advise you on the best areas to focus your safari.
Suggested itineraries featuring Serengeti National Park
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Serengeti National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Serengeti National Park
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Places near Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater 77 miles away
- Northern Tanzania 77 miles away
- Lake Eyasi 88 miles away
- Ol Donyo Lengai 89 miles away
- Karatu 94 miles away
- Lake Natron 95 miles away
- Lake Manyara National Park 105 miles away
- Longido 140 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 144 miles away
- Arusha 154 miles away
- West Kilimanjaro 172 miles away
- Mount Kilimanjaro 190 miles away
- Rubondo Island 194 miles away
Accommodation choices for Serengeti National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Serengeti National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Serengeti National Park
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Serengeti National Park, and which use the best local guides.