Serengeti means “endless plain” in the Masai language and refers to the flat grassy plain.
Serengeti is the oldest and most popular , a UNESCO world heritage site famed for its annual migration , when some 6 million hooves – not only Wildebeest but also Zebra & Gazelle as they march in search of fresh grazing.
In Serengeti All BIG 5 animals are found here are Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo.
Also it has more than 35 species of animals who can be seen are wildebeest, topi, gazelles, giraffe, hippo, eland, antelope, hyena, Impala, cheetah, warthogs, baboons, monkeys.
Also there are more than 500 species of birds are ostrich, koru, etc
These animals can be seen throughout the year, the best time to see them in plenty between October to May.
Serengeti is well known for the spectacular animal migration of wildebeest, gazelle & zebra with predator’s lion, Cheetah & wild dogs.
Migration in Serengeti takes place in May / June. During migration more than 3 million animals move clockwise in search of grazing & water.
Activities in Serengeti :
Game drives & Hot Air balloon safari.
Balloon safari is unique and will give enjoyment to ultimate safari. Early morning safari enables one to sail across the plains, watching the wilderness as they rise from slumber at the break of the day. Advance booking is advisable.
Dry Season in Serengeti:
June – Mid November: Best time for game viewing:
Mid December – February: Humid & Hot: Good time for game viewing.
Rainy Season in Serengeti:
Mid November – Mid December: Short Rain: Wonderful for birdlife and lush scenery
April – May: Heavy rain: Wonderful for bird life and lush scenery.
Getting to Serengeti:
Road: 5-6 hours drive from Arusha
Flight: 1.00 hour from Arusha
MIGRATION IN SERENGETI
The exact timing of the Great Migration cannot be predicted, as it depends on each year’s rainy season and other variable factors.
Several hundred thousand wildebeest calves are born during this period each year, with the largest number born within a two to three week span in February; yet less than half will live to see their five-month birthday.
Predators (Lions, cheetah, hyenas, jackals and others) are plentiful in the area at this time of year take advantage of the abundance of slower calves, picking from the thousands of potential victims.
Serengeti miggation With Wildness Safari
OCTOBER- Loliondo Game Controlled Area.
NOVEMBER- Loliondo game controlled Area – Moving towards Western Ngorongoro boarder & Ndutu
FEBRUARY- Ndutu, Seronera, Northern Serengeti
MARCH- Central Serengeti & Western Serengeti
APRIL – MAY – Western Corridor & Seronera
JUNE- Grumeti River
JULY/ AUGUST – Ikorongo Game Controlled Area & moving towards Mara
Suggested Itineraries for Serengeti : Minimum 5 Days/4 Night Safari: Serengeti can be combined with Manyara, Ngorongoro & Tarangire : Check for Itineraries