Serengeti National Park

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What Regions or Countries to Combine

The Serengeti lies at the centre of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, a diverse collection of parks that combine easily into a single itinerary. The Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara are the most popular combinations but Tarangire National Park is good in the June to October dry season.

Tanzania’s southern safari destinations are highly recommended for those seeking a crowd-free safari and who want to add chimpanzee sightings to their Serengeti safari. For a beach holiday finale, Zanzibar is often combined with the Serengeti but Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria offers an enticing beach experience with a unique safari theme.

Ngorongoro Crater

Africa’s easiest Big Five game viewing – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and rhino – is on offer in this extinct volcanic crater and you may even see them in a single drive. Stay at a lodge on the crater’s rim for the best views or relax in the shade at a leafy coffee estate lodge.

Rubondo Island

Set on a lush island in Lake Victoria, Rubondo offers a unique safari & beach holiday. You can laze around in a hammock but there are also chimpanzee tracking adventures and game viewing by boat 4X4 and on foot. Elephants and antelope provide the big sightings but with an astonishing 400 plus bird species recorded on the island, bird-watchers will have their hands full.

Secret Southern Tanzania

Stray off the beaten path a little: Tanzania’s Ruaha and Katavi National Parks offer increasingly rewarding game viewing as the long May to October dry season wears on. For something different, the fabled forests of the Mahale Mountains are home to troops of wild chimpanzees, shy antelope and clouds of butterflies.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Watch the Migration

Migration highlights in the Serengeti include the calving months & the crocodile-dodging river crossings but with a million animals on the march, there is tooth-&-claw drama throughout the season.

2. Fly High

It’s a pre-dawn start but worth it; few sights rival that of sunrise over the Serengeti, especially when the savannah is covered in wildebeest. A champagne breakfast is served after touchdown.

3. Meet the Maasai

The red-robed Maasai people & their cattle share the savannah with its wildlife. A Serengeti safari gives you the opportunity to visit a local village where you may see the famous Maasai ‘jumping dance’.

4. Head for the River

Between June & August, the wildebeest cross the crocodile-filled Grumeti & Mara Rivers as they return to the Masai Mara. It’s the migration’s most dramatic chapter so book early for front row seats.

5. Track Predators

The Serengeti’s density of game means lions & cheetahs are commonly seen plus leopards, spotted hyenas & occasionally African wild dogs. The Serengeti’s rivers hide some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa.

6. Go Private

The Serengeti is popular during migration season; we recommend staying at a privately-run concession. You’ll have access to the park as well as exclusive game drives, night drives & walks on the concession.

7. Bring the Family

With its generous climate & lodges that welcome children from toddlers to teenagers, the Serengeti makes a great family safari with tailored safari programmes, child minders & private accommodation.

8. Take a Table for Two

Intimate, exclusive & with idyllic settings, many Serengeti lodges are among the top choices in East Africa for honeymooners & celebrating couples – ask us about the best ones.

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