The Serengeti National Park covers an area of about 14,763 square kilometres. The park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife on the African continent and one of the best places to see “The Big Five” - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. The annual animal migration led by thousands of gnus begins in May and lasts until June. Gazelles, zebras, giraffes, buffalos and eland antelopes, all in search of water, take part in this migration. The migrating herds are accompanied by predators and scavengers such as lions, hyenas and vultures. Other common species found here include hippos, giraffes, eland antelopes, impalas, baboons, monkeys and almost 500 species of bird.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
(Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. Its classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth.
All Year around, the dry season (from late June - September) offers the best wildlife viewing in general with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. The timing of the migration varies every year (the best chance of seeing it is during June and July) while the wildebeest calving is from late January to March.
June - September
June - July
January - March
Driving Distance from Arusha town: 348 km, Duration: 6 hours 26 mins, Route: B144
By flight is about one hour and fifteen minutes (1:15).
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