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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti takes its name from the Maasai word siringet, which means “endless plains.” The plains certainly are that, and the park itself is endless, covering 5,700 square miles (14,763 sq km) of dry rolling grassland, acacia speckled savanna, and dense riverine woodland.

In the south one finds short and long grass plains, desiccated much of the year, brought briefly back to vibrancy by the short rains of November and December. It is no coincidence that the wildebeest calving season occurs in the months that follow; the entire Serengeti ecosystem follows the rhythm of the pattering rains, great herds of grazers following the rainfall and briefly rich forage. The Serengeti supports millions of hoofed animals – wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles – and the predators that harass them. This ecosystem extends beyond the boundaries of the park, some of it protected within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the park’s eastern border and a knuckle of it within the Maasai Mara Reserve across Tanzania’s northern national border with Kenya.

While the bulk of the park consists of grassland, the western reaches, near Lake Victoria, feature wooded highlands, and woodlands line the tributaries of the Mara and Grumeti rivers.

The wildebeest migration that hits the southern Serengeti during December-March (typically; there’s slight variation according to local conditions!) is an unmissable sight, where up to two million animals cross East Africa in search of food, water and birthing grounds. As one of the biggest mass migrations on the planet, and certainly one of the most dramatic, there is naturally great demand in booking accommodation…we typically use smaller, private camps that offer greater exclusivity and have the mobility to escape the big groups of tourists and follow the herds after the small fluctuations that inevitably occur during their long journey. If you’d like to read up more on the migration, we suggest you go to our dedicated Wildebeest Migration page that focuses on the event specifically.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

Serengeti is vast and the wildlife is not evenly distributed. Hence, game

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Serengeti is vast and the wildlife is not evenly distributed. Hence, game viewing doesn't remain same throughout the year. Serengeti is best experienced in dry season from the months of June through October. Wildebeest migration is at its best in the dry season, especially in the month of June and July. Calving season is in the months of January and February.

Avoid the long rainy season which is from March to May.

Art & Culture

If you have been reading on Tanzania to satiate your curiosity then the name Serengeti

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If you have been reading on Tanzania to satiate your curiosity then the name Serengeti National Park wouldn’t evoke a quizzical look on your face. To the uninitiated, the iconic park derives its name from the Masaai word siringet, meaning "the place where the land runs on forever". Serengeti is Masaai fiefdom and the park is steeped in the cultural mores of the Shukla(traditional cloth) clad tall elegant pastoralist warrior tribe of Masaai. No prizes for you if you guessed that!

While Serengeti is the call, it’s the Masaai who add the distinctive cultural flavour. The primitive tribe still retains many of its ancient practices and rituals. A patriarchal society at the core, polygamy is rampant and has a strong social sanction. The tribe has its own language Maa and also its own music and dance forms. Yes, the red sheet clad warriors jumping up in the air while surrounded by his brethren who you saw in National Geographic is the Masaai. The tribe is famous for their music and dance. The dance is known in Maa as ‘adumu or aigus.” For a more immersive experience of the art and culture of the region head to the town of Mugumu in the Mara region in Western Tanzania for the unique annual event of Serengeti Cultural Festival which celebrates the culture, heritage, and art of the region. It’s scheduled for the 3rd week of July 2019.

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Culinary

Being a warrior pastoralist tribe the Masaai meet their nutritional requirements

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Being a warrior pastoralist tribe the Masaai meet their nutritional requirements primarily through milk, fat meat, and blood; sometimes even raw meat of cows, goat and sheep. Milk plays an important part in the Masaai culinary habits but it also supplemented by rice, sorghum wheat, peanuts, maize, beans, chapati, peas, bulrush millet, cabbage, kale, potato, sweet potato, cassava, and milk, dates, raisins and wild fruits and herbs. Fruits are typically available only during certain seasons and mainly eaten by women and children. That said, nyama choma (grilled meats) and ugali (a maize dish that has a porridge-like consistency) are consumed generously. The numerous lodges and camps dotting the Serengeti serve a wealth of culinary delights from the local special to the world cuisines. So your food platter will be a tremendously exotic fare

How to go

Serengeti can be easily reached from the city of Arusha which is about 325 km

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Serengeti can be easily reached from the city of Arusha which is about 325 km away. Tourists have the option of travelling both by road or by air, with the air transportation preferred because of speed of travel.

Roadways:

You can take private taxis or book a shuttle bus from Arusha to Serengeti National Park which is about 4-5 hours drive time.

Airways:

There are a number of airstrips inside the park. You can take charter flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Activites

As vast as the Serengeti is, list of activities tourists can enjoy is equally vast.

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As vast as the Serengeti is, list of activities tourists can enjoy is equally vast. Some of them are:

  • Game Drives (day only)
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Walking safari
  • Cultural trips
  • Wildlife camping
  • Bird watching
  • Stargazing

What to see?

Serengeti is blessed with lot of things to see. First is the overwhelming number

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Serengeti is blessed with lot of things to see. First is the overwhelming number of wild animals present in the park, about tens of millions of them which includes the wildebeest, The Big Five of Africa, antelopes, primates, reptiles etc.

Visit the Oldupai Gorge and the famous Kopjes as part of your game drives for a fulfilling Serengeti experience.

The Uniqueness of Serengeti National Park

  • Serengeti originates from the Maasai language meaning endless plains.
  • Serengeti has one of the oldest and most complex ecosystem in the world
  • The wildebeest and zebra migration happens every year and is the world s biggest land based movement.
  • You can spot the elusive black maned lions, leopards, rhino and wild dogs.

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