Featured on countless wildlife documentaries, the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park have been attracting wildlife enthusiasts for decades. It is home to one of the world’s most incredible movement of animals: The Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest and zebra travel hundreds of miles on their continuous journey, risking their lives as they traverse crocodile-filled rivers, in search of fresh grass shoots following the rains. Fascinating predatory species are never far away, so ensure you have plenty of memory cards for your camera.
Luxury lodges and romantic tented camps boast prime locations amongst the wildlife hot spots of the Serengeti National Park. Morning and afternoon safaris take you in search of the ‘Big Five’, as well as zebra, giraffe and hyena. After watching the setting sun over the acacia trees, gin and tonic in hand, return to your luxury accommodation for drinks with your fellow guests around the camp fire, before dining under a sky blanketed with stars.
The vast Serengeti National Park covers an area of nearly 13,000 square kilometres and is home to resident populations of lion, cheetah, giraffe and elephant. Rhinoceros, zebra and gazelles can also be seen grazing on the open plains, whilst hippopotamus wallow in the rivers. With 500 recorded bird species, this is truly a wildlife paradise. With the annual wildebeest and zebra migration passing through the park, it’s no wonder the Serengeti National Park is on most people’s bucket list.
The Great Migration
One of the most spectacular wildlife experiences in the world can be seen in the Serengeti National Park, when over two-million wildebeest and half-a-million zebra migrate across the plains, in search of nutritious grass shoots, following the annual rains. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of animals until you witness first-hand the vast herds as far as the eye can see.
Accompanied by an experienced guide and armed ranger, a walking safari is a great way to gain a greater insight into the eco-systems of the Serengeti. Learn how to identify the tracks of animals , as well as which plants are used for medicinal purposes by the Maasai, as you journey on foot.
The climate of the Serengeti National Park is subtropical. May to August is dry and relatively cool; September to October is warmer still and remains dry; while November to April experiences more rain, though still with warm temperatures. The below figures contain the average maximum temperatures and average rainfall for each month.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Serengeti National Park.
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