Where the plains never seem to end

Stretching itself across 1.5 million hectares of land, the Serengeti National Park is known for its impressive population of wildlife—most notably the Big 5. It is perhaps more renowned for being part of the stage on which the annual Great Migration plays out. Each year, over 1.5 million wildebeest, a fair number of gazelles, and small following of zebra seek better grazing areas by moving south in the Serengeti, then west and north into the Maasai Mara before eventually returning. 

It is unsurprising that the Serengeti’s bustling plains offer some of the most remarkable safari opportunities in the country, and visiting in the right season will promise astonishing sites of this natural phenomenon. The Serengeti’s terrain varies from the volcanic grasslands and vast plains that are interrupted by rocky outcrops, rivers, volcanoes, and forests. 

The park boasts superb game-viewing all year round, a huge predator population, and varied birdlife. Much action can be seen near rivers and waterholes where the wildlife assembles. As well as being home to countless hippo pods and crocodiles, the water’s edge is the prime position from which to watch nature unfold—whether it is simply to observe a trumpet of elephants escaping the midday heat or watch lion and crocodile compete over food sources.

Highlights

  • Spanning over 1.5 million hectares, the Serengeti is home to a part of the Great Migration 
  • Over a million wildebeest rumble across its plains every year in search of better grazing areas 
  • Superb game-viewing offered all year round—some of the most remarkable safari opportunities in the country
  • Home to the Big 5 and high-density lion populations 
  • Varied terrain from volcanic grasslands, vast plains, rocky outcrops, rivers, volcanoes, and forests
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