Home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth – the Great Migration, and land of the real life Lion King, the Serengeti, in northern Tanzania, is one of the most famous parks in Africa. The name alone conjures up images of endless plains heaving with exotic creatures, and the landscape is classic African safari scenery.
By far the most popular safari destination in Tanzania, the Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration, which sees thousands of wildebeest and zebra, trailed by predators, traverse the huge distance between Kenya’s Masai Mara and the Southern Serengeti in a roughly circular annual route.
Although the Serengeti has become familiar through hours of TV footage, nothing can prepare you for seeing this paradise in real life; the vast skies, sights, smells and sounds are both inspiring and humbling.
Serengeti was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 due to the abundance of wildlife that live here, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, baboon, crocodile and many species of primate. The varied landscape is dominated by picturesque rocky outcrops called kopjes which rise out of the open plains creating wonderful photographic opportunities. These islands in the grasslands are regularly used by lions as good vantage points, or sunbeds with rock fig tree parasols.
The Serengeti is home to the Big Five and offers a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from small rustic camps to luxurious lodges with swimming pools and spas. Activities include game drives, hot air balloon safaris, cultural community visits, mountain biking, archery, tennis, bush meals, sundowners and fly camping.