Welcome to SafariNow. Get off your accommodation booking by paying with the voucher code before .

About Serengeti National Park

The name Serengeti (or more specifically Serengit) is derived from the Maasai language meaning "Endless Plains”, and this is the only way to describe the area. Yes, while there are riverine areas, acacia bush and kopjies, it is the vast grassy plains that roll over the landscape that define the Serengeti.

Each year the great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. From here, the movement of the wildebeest and other grazers will start their move north, looking for new grazing pastures. January to March is the beginning of the calving season. This is because there is plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the approximate 750,000 zebra, 1.2 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other plains game.

During February the wildebeest spend their time in the south eastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period: a remarkably synchronized event.

As the rains end in May the animals start moving northwest, into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. July sees the main migration of wildebeest, zebra and eland heading north, arriving on the Kenyan border and then into the Maasai Mara late July/August for the remainder of the dry season (the Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles move only east/west and don’t cross into Kenya).
In early November with the start of the short rains, the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the south east, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February. It is estimated that some 250,000 wildebeest die during the Great Migration (a total of around 800 kilometers). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation.

In addition to the wonder of the Migration, the Serengeti eco-system offers great year-round game viewing, with large numbers of predatory cats, some of the last remaining free-roaming Black rhino in East Africa as well as most other wildlife species, so regardless of the time of year visitors head to the Serengeti a very good safari experience is likely.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Reviews for Serengeti National Park

1 review Reviews of

4 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Justin Anderson
14 May 2014

It was fun

Accommodation near Serengeti National Park

Internationally renowned for the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet, The Serengeti National...
Avg per night for 2 guests
Located in south central Serengeti in Tanzania, within the Moru Kopjes area, Serengeti Pioneer Camp...
Avg per night for 2 guests

Tanganyika Wilderness Camps

Sleeps 48 in 24 rooms

Tanganyika Wilderness Camps is integrated into the surrounding African bush, offering guests the...
Avg per night for 2 guests

Ikoma Tented Camp

Sleeps 62 in 31 rooms

Set in the midst of an incredible vista of savannah and skies, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees, lies Ikoma Tented Camp. Simplicity...
Avg per night for 2 guests
Nduara Loliondo is a luxury camp site which moves twice a year between Piyaya and Ololosokwan in...
Avg per night for 2 guests

Camp Zebra

Sleeps 18 in 6 rooms

Camp Zebra’ is named after the Zebra which follow the Wildebeest during their world famous annual migration. Like the animal it is named...
Avg per night for 2 guests
Click to interact with the map
Click to display the map

Other things to do near Serengeti National Park

1 Review
Masai Mara National is world famous for the annual migration of wildebeest from Serengeti to Masai...