Serengeti National Park, is the best known safari destination in the Africa with good reason. Even if you exclude the Wildebeest Migration with its 2.5 million odd animals, the proliferation of animal life in the Serengeti defies belief. In the company of a good guide, this can be like stepping into a wildlife documentary. We’d advocate building your safari in northern Tanzania around the greater Serengeti, but you do need to be aware that being in the right place at the right time is everything in this neck of the woods.serengeti safari tours prices
Serengeti National Park – Central
Central Serengeti offers undeniably good game viewing, but you do need to be prepared for high numbers of tourists in certain areas. This element can be managed by a first rate guide but you should be aware that this is no wilderness area. The Seronera valley is the particular magnet for both game and tourist vehicles, being the bread and butter circuit for many of the large lodges and the objective of much of the daily traffic that churns between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti.
This region of the Serengeti is defined by wide long-grass plains framed by rocky hills, and river courses fringed with yellow barked (often leopard filled) acacia trees. As you drive into the Serengeti from the south east you witness the progression from short grass plains typical of the Ndutu area, through medium grass plains around Naabi hill to the longer grasses in this area. The change of grassland brings a change in the balance of species, with many more Hartebeest and Topi seen in these areas than further south.
Other than en route to the northern Serengeti or perhaps the Western Corridor really the only time you might legitimately find yourselves within reach of this area is likely to be May and early June when the north bound wildebeest pass through, and November to early December when they are on their way back south to the short grass plains. Even in these months you should aim to keep a respectable distance, our preference being the area around Moru Kopjes.
Serengeti National Park – the North
The far north of the Serengeti National Park is where you’ll find the wildebeest migration between August and October. The Mara River – bristling with crocs – divides this wild part of the Serengeti from the Masai Mara in Kenya and it’s here that you’ll find the herds when the southern plains get too dry.
The northern section of the Serengeti runs from just north of Seronera (Banagi Hill) right up to the Kenyan border north of the Mara River. Though there is still a great feeling of space here, this area feels and looks quite different to the south and west. This is an area of gentle undulations cut by numerous streams which reveal the underlying granites in the area.
In the east there are two main ranges of hills; the Kuka and Lobo Hills, square shouldered, with flat tops and rising to over 7000ft. Despite the vast scale of this area, the numerous belts of woodland and streams mean that the country is revealed to you in small sections as you drive through it. It makes it a fascinating place to explore as, in contrast to the southern plains, you never know what lies around the next corner.