Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is Africa’s most famous park due to the largest concentration of game on the continent and the migration of millions of wildebeest. The most impressive nature documentaries were shot in this beautiful park. ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Maasai language meaning ‘endless plains’ and this rightly describes it. With almost 15.000 km2 (6,000 sq miles), Serengeti National Park is the second largest park in Tanzania.

Witness the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park

The annual wildebeest migration of more than a million wildebeest is probably Serengeti’s main attraction. It is a truly impressive sight to see all those mammals thunder across the Serengeti plains, crossing rivers, in search of water and fresh grass. Mega herds on the move stretch up to 40 km long, covering a distance of some 1000 kilometers. A dangerous journey for the wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles who need to outsmart their predators. Especially the Mara and Grumeti River is where giant crocodiles and fast-flowing water awaits. The Great Migration is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is for lots of visitors the highlight of their journey. It is definitely one of the world’s largest wildlife spectacles.

You can witness the wildebeest migration any time of the year since the animals migrate in a circle between the Serengeti and Masai Mara (Kenya). The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration depends upon the rainfall patterns each year. Thanks to our experienced Tanzania Specialist guides, we are able to make a fairly accurate prediction.

If you like to know where the wildebeest migration is at different times of the year, check our page about the wildebeest migration.

Wildlife in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park offers so much more beauty than just the wildebeest migration. You can see a variety of landscapes and wildlife unlike anywhere else in Africa. The endless plains are home to more than 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs and 3,500 hyenas. It’s no surprise there are so many predators due to the abundance of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and buffaloes. The Serengeti is also one of the best places to see the Big Five – rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard. Almost all the famous African animals are present in this majestic park. This includs rare animal species like the pangolin, East African Oryx, rhino and wild dog.

The captivating landscapes of the Serengeti National Park vary from savannahs with acacia trees and vast grasslands to rising mountains, lakes and swamps. Each area is unique and has its own atmosphere. Because of its natural beauty and variety of plants and animals the park is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place definitely touches your soul.

You like to incorporate Serengeti National Park into your itinerary? Check our Tanzania safaris for inspiration or contact us for personal advice.

Most common animals in Serengeti National Park

  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Leopards
  • Wildebeest (more than 1 million)
  • Zebras (more than 200.000)
  • Gazelles (more than 300.000)
  • Rhinos
  • Elephants
  • Crocodiles
  • Hippos

Grant Gazelle

Thomson Gazelle

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Serengeti national park highlights

Serengeti national park facts

  • Endless plains with typical Lion King trees
  • Calving season in February, when 8.000 wildebeest calves are born each day
  • Simba Kopjes are granite outcroppings where lions like to rest
  • Seronera River is a valuable water source and attracts lots of wildlife.
  • Retina Hippo Pool, home to about 200 hippos
  • Grumeti River and Mara River, famous for the wildebeest river crossings.
  • Lobo Valley has great views of elephants and big cats.
  • Excursions and activities in Serengeti National Park
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Travel time to Serengeti National Park
  • Mwanza to serengeti 2- 3 hours drive.
  • Arusha to Serengeti: 5 hours’ drive.
  •  Ngorongoro to Serengeti: 2 hours’ drive.
  • Lake Manyara to Serengeti: 3,5 hours’ drive.
  • Tarangire to Serengeti: 4 hours’ drive.
  • Flight Arusha to Serengeti: 1 hour (about €238,- per person, one way).

Activities Inside The Park

At Serengeti National park you can make a range of activities such as:

  • Walking Safari
  • Bird watching
  • Game Drives
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Bush lunch/ dinner
  • Picnicking
  • Cultural tours

Best time to see the wildebeest migration

The exact timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration depends upon the rainfall patterns each year. Thanks to our experienced VISA Expeditions guides we are able to make a fairly accurate prediction. Read When and where is the wildebeest migration?