Although the Serengeti is home to the Big 5, it's best known for being host to the Great Migration. This grand annual spectacle is when millions of wildebeest, followed by gazelle and zebra, seek greener pastures and dodging predators along the way.
Their circuit journey continues south in the Serengeti before heading west, then north into the Maasai Mara, before returning to their starting point. Predators lurk on their heels, pouncing when they see the opportunity, making this journey packed with exhilarating wildlife sightings.
The Serengeti stage is set for the drama to unfold, with varying terrain ranging from volcanic grasslands to vast plains, interrupted by rocky outcrops, snaking rivers, and forests.
Although it's wild out there, the reserve is home to ultra-luxurious lodges, designed to give you the best seat in the house to admire the Serengeti's show. With a thriving predator population and varied birdlife, there's always something to see here, often around the rivers and watering holes where the animals gather to quench their thirst. With hippo and crocodile waiting to pounce, the water's edge is the prime position to wait for action.
Whether it's simply to observe a herd of elephant cooling down or lion and crocodile competing over food sources – there's always action unfolding in the Serengeti.
We've taken the liberty to answer everything you may need to know about visiting Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti consists of four main areas: the south, central, north, and western Grumeti. The Great Migration moves in an anti-clockwise direction, from the north to the west, then south, and back up again to the Maasai Mara. Your experience will therefore depend entirely on the time of year you decide to visit. Your Rhino Africa Travel Expert can recommend the best area and properties to stay at, depending on the time of year you wish to visit.
This will depend on what package we have booked for you. However, a typical day in the Serengeti usually kicks off with an early morning breakfast before heading out for a full-day game drive. You will usually have a picnic-style lunch somewhere in the bush before heading home late afternoon. After freshening up, you'll have dinner while reflecting on your day's adventures.
The Serengeti is a year-round safari destination. However, the peak, wet season runs from March to April.
June to October:
June and July are the best months to see the Wildebeest in the western corridor, and August to September in the northern parts of the Serengeti.
During this time, the weather is generally sunny with not much rain. Please note that this is also one of the busier times to visit, so there will be more safari vehicles on the road, accommodation is limited, and prices can be a bit higher.
November to May:
January to February is the best time to see newborns. This, in turn, lures the predators. It's very green during this time, with incredible bird watching opportunities. April to May is the low season, so there will be fewer crowds, and – bonus – prices might be lower.