Spectacular safari experiences amongst the endless plains
Known locally by its Maasai name, ‘Siringitu’ – the place where the land runs on forever – Tanzania’s oldest park was created to preserve the path of the world’s largest migration circuit. Today, it is ultimate safari country, with rolling plains home to a spectacular array of wildlife.
Best time to visit Serengeti
The rainy seasons are generally from March to May and during November. January is dry and hot, and June to October dry and warm. The Great Migration herds typically inhabit the Serengeti from November to June/July, but the region offers year-round game viewing.
Serengeti holiday highlights
The Serengeti National Park is in northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya, approx. 1½ hours' flight from Arusha. On an overland safari you'll normally drive onwards from Ngorongoro. The park is larger than you might think and is broadly divided into four main wildlife-viewing areas. The central Seronera Valley has a year-round water supply and is the most popular region to visit, and the Western Corridor follows the crocodile-inhabited Grumeti River up towards Lake Victoria. The Northern Serengeti is less accessible and therefore quieter, while the Southern Serengeti is dominated by the vast plains.
Today, the Great Migration attracts safari enthusiasts worldwide, who flock to witness the natural phenomenon of over one million wildebeest and other grazing herbivores making their annual journey following the rains from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti. See our Great Migration section for information on where and when to find the herds. But this incredible place offers far more than the Great Migration and, with abundant wildlife, offers year-round game viewing. Its rolling plains are also home to big cats, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, eland, hyena and impala – to name but a few.
Nearby, Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, known as the ‘cradle of mankind’. Here is where some of the earliest hominid remains were found.