Vast and untouched, nearly 15,000 km2 of Northern Tanzania is a living eco-system of pure wilderness; stretches of grassland sheltering coy calves and cubs, hungry predators hunting under star studded skies, acacia trees with colorful birds chirping to prey and rain, and endless tracks that invite visitors to drive in this phenomenal spaciousness of Serengeti National Park; recently declared as the ‘Best Safari Park of Africa.’
Acing its ranking above all 138 national parks of the continent, wildlife enthusiasts including travelers from all over the world often referred to Serengeti as ‘magical’, ‘phenomenal’, ‘dramatic’ and ‘incredible’. As one of the largest and diverse Northern Circuit Safari gem, beyond the Big 5 and natural features that lure more than 350,000 visitors a year, here is why Serengeti wins an inevitable ‘must go’ for every safari itinerary.
Why visit The Serengeti National Park?
With its competing counterparts such as the Masai Mara in Kenya, Serengeti National Park has since time immemorial been observed by a number of biologists, conservationists, environmentalists, celebrities and safari specialists who have recognized the value of this crowning natural beauty of Tanzania.
- It has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 for hosting the biggest natural event of the world i.e The Great Migration of the large herds of herbivores, and carnivores that attack their prey in the most dramatic ways
- Most of this movement also known as the wildebeest migration begins in Tanzania across 15000 square miles of hills, open plains, woodlands and wilderness. From young calves to adult wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, countless numbers of animals either thrive or die in the most spectacular attacks that take place in Tanzania
- This natural phenomenon has bestowed upon Serengeti the honor of being one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world; a safari park where the migration of these animals revolves and endless 3000 kms throughout the year
- The Serengeti has vast stretches of short grass plains across the Seronera Valley, the West Corridor and featuring granite kopjes that are not concentrated and are unique to Tanzania and offer better opportunities for game viewing.
Tanzania also has a handful of accommodation options that minimize the possibilities of crowds and are well-spread across the massive Serengeti area that make it easier to explore the best safari park of Africa… The Serengeti.
What happens exactly?
Over 1.5 millions wildebeest along with hundreds of zebras, gazelles and their new born take a leap of faith in the most daring and inevitable adventure of their lives in Serengeti. In the quest of rains that mean forage and water for their survival, these animals trek on restless journey from Serengeti to Masai Mara. Their challenges are not only limited to their physical ability and mental stamina to traverse the landscapes. The lifespan of wildebeest is up to 40 years and only half of them survive up to 20. Hungry predators on the land follow the migration and travelers are the most astound spectators of ruthless attacks by lions, hyenas, cheetahs and the deadly Nile crocodile in the Grumeti river; the natural phenomenon known as the cycle of life.
Most travelers who visit Tanzania between February through September with an exception of April and May (rainy season) enjoy the calving season and the great migration movement which is a unique experience to the Serengeti National Park. With top accommodation options, this movement is witnessed from the brink of an eye just by your tented camps to adventures rides across the park where a dramatic spectacle is often witnessed.
Matchless experiences in Serengeti National Park
Make the most of your wildebeest safari
- Book a minimum stay of 7-10 nights for a tasteful migration safari experience. The more time you book a safari for, the better chances you have to enjoy the various aspects of the migration.
- Speak to your tour operator about your itinerary. If you are traveling as a honeymoon couple you will be recommended intimate camping options that have a secluded location. Families will enjoy lodges that are more child-friendly and offer varied budget options
- Compliment your stay with more activities to get a complete feel of Tanzania; hot air balloon rides, one day hike or a beach holiday in Zanzibar make for a great African holiday.
Kearsleys has over 70 years of experience in planning the best safari itineraries and has won World Travel Award as Tanzania’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator. We are excited to tailor an unforgettable experience for you. Let us connect today.