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The Serengeti National Park

Tanzania

1/5 Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
2/5 Lion in the long grass
Lion in the long grass
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4/5 Cheetah in the Serengeti using a termite mound to survey the area for prey
Cheetah in the Serengeti using a termite mound to survey the area for prey
5/5 Prodding a dead thing. Something that small boys never tire of.
Prodding a dead thing.  Something that small boys never tire of.

The Serengeti is the best known safari destination in the world with good reason

The Serengeti is the best known safari destination in the world with good reason. Even if you exclude the Wildebeest Migration with its 1.5 million odd animals, the proliferation of animal life in the Serengeti defies belief.   In the company of a good guide, this can be like stepping into a wildlife documentary.  We’d advocate building your safari in northern Tanzania around the greater Serengeti, but you do need to be aware that being in the right place at the right time is everything in this neck of the woods. Find out when the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration happens.

We’d caution against wasting your time by going to the major tourist traps like the Central Serengeti where the big lodges (and attendant traffic) are. We’d also challenge the conventional wisdom on seasonality.  For example, provided you plan your visit carefully (and again, the guide is critical here) a few days exploring the southern Serengeti plains and Ndutu in the dry season can be a great counterpoint to time in the north with the migration.  Equally, parts of the Serengeti are at their best during April and May when many people would write the place off as out of season. Read more about the formation of the Serengeti Plains.

The Serengeti is bordered by the Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands and Great Rift Valley to the east, and to the West by Lake Victoria. The main park, which covers around 15,000 sq km, is drained to the west by three main rivers, the Mara, Mbalageti and Grumeti River, which exits through the Serengeti Western Corridor. This area forms only a part of the whole Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, which extends to the surrounding game reserves; Maswa to the southwest, Grumeti and Ikorongo controlled areas to the west, Loliondo to the east and the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya to the north.

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A few of our favourite places to stay:

Lamai Serengeti

Nomad Tanzania’s new lodge Lamai Serengeti is a small

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Nomad's migration chasing Serengeti Safari Camp moves to shadow the wildebeest as they go

Nomad’s Serengeti Safari Camp - Moru

Nomad's Serengeti Safari Camp moves into the southwestern

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Loliondo Wilderness Mobile

This little camp, private, simple in design and unassuming quite

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Vanessa Janion

Vanessa's 16 years in travel has seen her knowledge develop from sub-Saharan Africa into North Africa, Central and Southern America and the Galapagos. Consequently, she’s a veritable encyclopaedia of travel information and exceptionally cool, calm and collected in the face of the greatest planning demands.

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