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Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park is one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves in the world.  This phenomenal National Park was created to preserve the habitat of one of the world's largest migration circuits, and covers an absolutely vast area of pristine East African savannah.  It is by far the most famous safari park in Africa and quite rightly so; game viewing in the Serengeti is stunningly good at all times of the year.  Despite its enormous reputation, it does manage to surpass expectations and take your breath away!
The vast rolling plains of the Serengeti (from the Maasai word ‘Serengit’ meaning 'endless plains'), broken only by the occasional Acacia tree, form the landscape that most of us imagine when we think of Africa.  The sheer expanse of the landscape here is every bit as impressive as the game viewing.
 
Throughout the year the Serengeti provides the backdrop for the Great Migration, the annual journey of over 1,200 miles undertaken by approximately 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 gazelles, in search of green pastures and water.

These huge migrating herds attract predators - massive prides of lion and good numbers of cheetah and leopard.  Elephant herds are also found throughout the park together with a vast range of other wildlife and birdlife.   As a result, the Serengeti offers some of the best game viewing in the world.

The Serengeti National Park is broadly divided into five distinct areas:

Southern Serengeti: the short grass plains and Ndutu (best during December to March)


The Southern Serengeti is made up of miles upon miles of short grass plains.  It is the most fertile area of the Serengeti and this is where the herds of the Great Migration come to calve at the beginning of each year.  The middle two weeks in February is calving season, when approximately 8,000 young wildebeest are born every day.  It is a phenomenal time of year to be in this area but the plains are very seasonal, hold little resident game, and are therefore unproductive at other times.  The only permanent lodges here are Ndutu Lodge itself and A&K’s Kusini Camp but the Serengeti’s mobile camps operate in the area throughout the migration season.
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  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 4 out of our Big 7  icon
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  • Trekking / Mountaineering  icon
  • The Great Migration  icon

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