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The Serengeti National Park, home to one of the world’s wonders - the great annual migration of wildebeest, is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. “Serengeti” means “endless plains” in the Masai language and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. About 35 species of the plains animals may be seen here including the so-called “big seven” - buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog.

Size

14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).

Location

335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.

Getting there

Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza. Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.

What to do in Serengeti

Hot air balloon safaris, Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks. Visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.

Best time to visit Serengeti

  • To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July.
  • To see predators, June-October.

Accommodation in Serengeti

Four lodges, four luxury tented camps and camp sites scattered through the park; one luxury camp, a lodge and two tented camps just outside.

Note:
The route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit - longer if you want to see the main predators as well.