Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park symbolises the classic African safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. Safari camps and lodges in strategic locations ensure you are never far from the action.
Serengeti National Park Highlights
The name 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai language and means an 'extended place'. The National Park alone covers an area of 13 000 sq km. The Serengeti ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Grumeti Reserve, the Maswa Game Reserve, the Masai Mara Game reserve (in Kenya) and numerous concession areas, is roughly the size of Sicily. It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east.
Serengeti National Park is one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and symbolises the classic African safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
The Serengeti is also synonymous with the wildebeest and zebra migration that encompasses a vast area of both the Serengeti and the neighbouring Masai Mara National Park.
The Serengeti is in the top 3 safari destinations in Africa, arguably the best of them all. Its size, lack of infrastructure, diverse landscape and wide open savannah make it the quintessential safari destination.
It is the home of the Great Wildebeest Migration for 9 months of the year. The migration moves around the Serengeti and it is important to understand where they are likely to be when you plan your visit. See our detailed description of the Great Annual Migration to get an understanding of the wildebeest migration.
Compared with other reserves of its size, the Serengeti has very few lodges, camps, hotels, migration camps, etc. This makes it extra special for those that can afford it as you are unlikely to bump into masses of other visitors.
The Serengeti National Park is such a popular destination and there are many quality lodges at which to stay, but we have narrowed it down to a couple we feel might be the most suitable to our guests' needs.
Perfectly positioned in a quiet corner of the game rich Seronera Valley in the Central Serengeti is Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp . Offering excellent year round game viewing as well as ring side seats to the migration for much of the year.
The Private Grumeti Concession in the Western Corridor is home to some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa, Singita Sasakwa Lodge , Singita Faru Faru Lodge and Singita Sabora Tented Camp In a prime position to view the wildebeest migration and excellent general game viewing.
Located in the far north of the Serengeti, andBeyond Klein's Camp is perched on the Kuka Hills. Well positioned to catch the migration as they cross over into Masai Mara and on their way back, Kleins Camp offers a luxurious safari experience.
How to Get There
Safaris in Tanzania begin at Arusha, which is situated close to the northern safari locations.
Sun Safaris will fly guests to Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is the primary receiving airport in Tanzania. This airport is only a few kilometres away from Arusha airport, which is the safari node of the country and where most light air transfers take off from.
Once guests have landed at Kilimanjaro, they will connect with a road transfer that will take them to Arusha airport. Depending on timing of guests' itinerary, they might spend a night in Arusha before heading off on a scheduled flight to an airstrip or airport nearer their safari destination.
The Serengeti is the primary destination for northern circuit safaris and will almost always be included in an itinerary. Guests will be flown in a light air charter to an airstrip near the lodge booked for them.
Serengeti National Park Game Viewing and Activities
Although outnumbered 8 to 1, the zebra join in the migration, maintaining their family units of about a dozen members, each with a dominant stallion. Lion, cheetah, hyena and African wild dog follow the wildebeest and zebra, making sure that only the fittest survive. In November, when the grazing is finished in the north, this army of animals surges back to the now green pastures of the south, where they calve and mate before starting the entire cycle again.
Normally, the best time to see the animals here is during January and February. Heading north into the Park, the grass becomes noticeably longer, and it is usual to see Grant's and Thomson's gazelles, as well as the occasional small groups of topi and kongoni.
Towards Seronera, the park headquarters, the landscape becomes more varied. Hills rise out of plains criss-crossed by small rivers. Umbrella acacia trees appear, elegant and serene, contrasting with the twisted commiphora trees.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge
An exclusive lodge in the private Grumeti Reserve in the western Serengeti. The migration passes through the Grumeti Reserve between May and June. The wildlife is good year-round and so the experience is shear and unadulterated opulence in the Serengeti.
Singita Serengeti House
Situated on the western corridor of the world famous Serengeti National Park, Singita Serengeti House offers guests exclusive-use accommodation and access to 350,000 acres of private land, providing an unparalleled safari experience.
Ehlane Plains Camp
Located in the remote and rewarding eastern plains of the Serengeti is Ehlane Plains Camp. Offering a memorable safari experience in luxury from a bygone ear, Ehlane Plains Camp has views for miles. Epic game watching all year round, plus ringside seats to the wildebeest migration makes Elhane Plains a fantastic safari camp.
Kaskaz Mara Camp
Kaskaz Mara Camp is in the Northern Serengeti, bordering Kenya’s Masai Mara. Offering great game viewing all year round, Kaskaz Mara Camp is incredible during July till October when the vast herds of wildebeest cross over the Mara River into Kenya. And then come back again. An intimate and luxury tented safari camp, Kaskaz Mara offers a unique and rewarding safari experience.
Lemala Ndutu Camp
Lemala Ndutu offers large tents as well as a large dining and lounge area. The camp consists of 5 star hotel quality mattresses, wooden floors, 24 hour lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, running water and hot showers.
Serian Serengeti South Camp
Serian's Serengeti South is a seasonal camp that operate in the deep south of the Serengeti, based from Kakessio in the NCA. The area is dominated by vast apparently infinite short grass plains, the Maswa woodlands to the south and west, the dramatic Gol Mountains and open plains of Loliondo to the east.
Perfectly set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini's location was specially selected after much research by our guides and the local experts. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round.
Serengeti Migration Camp
Hidden among the rocky outcrops Serengeti Migration Camp is located in the northern Serengeti, at the starting point of the Migration. The best time to visit the camp is between July and November, in order to witness the Migration.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Located in the Southern Serengeti (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.
Kati Kati Camp
Serengeti Kati Kati Camp is a comfortable mobile tented camp situated in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti plains. The camp is only a 2 hour scenic drive to Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River.
Bologonya Under Canvas Safari Camp
The camp has 10 rooms in total which includes king size or double beds, a shower, hand basin and flush toilet. Game viewing, cultural walks to the Maasai Village and sundowners are all part of the experience at Bologonya Under Canvas.
andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is situated in the private and remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti. Set on the banks of an oxbow lake, it is the perfect vantage point to watch the vast masses of the Great Migration making their dramatic river crossing.
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
Carefully planned to bring guests as close as possible to the magnificent spectacle of the Great Migration, Serengeti Under Canvas is situated at a variety of private campsites throughout the National Park, moving according to the path of the migratory herds.
About half-way between the Ngorogoro Crater rim and Ndutu, Olduvai Camp stands at the base of a kopje on the southern edge of the Serengeti. It's run by Masai and has 16 simple walk-in tents, built on concrete bases with thatched roofs.
Kimondo is a traveller, forever following the herds as they migrate across the plains of the Serengeti. Kimondo is a mobile camp which moves with the migration, splitting the year between the north and south of the Serengeti, just like the millions of wildebeest which move with it. But this is certainly not camping as you know it.
Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round in two of the Serengeti’s prime areas, the southern plains and the central Serengeti Valley. After a day of game viewing, the strategic location of the camp provides a private and peaceful base.
The camp is an intimate, traditional canvas safari camp designed to give you an authentic Serengeti safari. A close-knit team of Tanzanians ensure that hospitality and a wonderfully relaxed environment remain the essence of Ubuntu Camp.
Serengeti Simba Lodge
Harmoniously nestled into the heart of the Serengeti ecosystem, set high on the Gambasage hill overlooking the famous Grumeti River, Serengeti Simba Lodge is situated on the main path of the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.
Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge
Mbalageti Lodge stands on Mwamyeni Hill, overlooking the vast Dutwa Plain, in a quiet part of the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. It has uninterrupted views of the Serengeti plains and is in an ideal position for the Migration.
Lamai Serengeti is subtly nestled amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje, producing panoramic views of the surrounding Serengeti landscape. A small, intimate safari lodge located in the Northern Serengeti, perfectly positioned for the migration.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Four Seasons Safari Lodge, previously known as Bilila Lodge is a 5 star property located in the Serengeti region of Tanzania. This luxurious lodge has a water hole adjacent at which guests can see numerous animals at all times of the day and night.
Lake Natron Tented Camp
Lake Natron Tented Camp has 9 tents with showers, comfortable beds and a veranda with guests own view of the incredible landscape. A fully stocked bar and restaurant ensure guests have a cold drink and good food at the end of the day.
Ikoma Tented Camp
Set in the midst of an incredible scenery of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma has 35 traditional Meru tents, each under thatch with a private veranda overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti.
Buffalo Luxury Camp
Buffalo Luxury Camp is a permanent tented lodge featuring 15 suite tents and 5 smaller chalet tents, as well as a main lodge for dining and relaxation. The property is situated only 4 kilometers from the Klein’s Ranger Post, the official entry point into the northern Serengeti.
Surrounded by the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Natron, Nduara Loliondo camp is set in the midst of breathtaking scenery with an air of space and freedom. THe backdrop of rolling valleys and snow capped mountains is combined with fantastic wildlife, making Nduara Loliondo the perfect place to visit on a Tanzania Safari.
Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp
An ultra-luxurious mobile camp, Kichakani effortlessly occupies two different locations in the Serengeti during the year as it follows the seasonal movement of wildlife. Low on impact, high on indulgence, Kichakani is a love affair under canvas.