Serengeti National Park

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When to Go?

Best Time to Visit the Serengeti

Abundant wildlife and a relatively dry and temperate climate means the Serengeti National Park is a year-round safari destination. Maximum average temperatures hover between 26C° and 29°C (79°F – 84°F) all year and there are two distinct rainy seasons – the ‘short’ rains of October and November and the main rains of March and April.

The best time to go to the Serengeti depends largely on whether you are planning to see the wildebeest migration.

The migrating herds first arrive in the northern Serengeti after the October and November rains, massing in the central and southern regions by the end of the year. The December and February migration calving season is a popular time to visit, taking place before the herds trek en masse to the west for the dramatic river crossings from June to August.

From August to October the wildebeest herds are mostly in the Masai Mara but rainfall in the Serengeti is low and it is a lovely time to visit for crowd-free game viewing.

Dec Jan Feb Mar
Calving season in southern Serengeti – great for predators
Apr May Jun
Main rainy season; migration treks to western Serengeti
Jul Aug Sep
River-crossings, migration return to Masai Mara
Oct Nov
Short rains – migration crosses into northern Serengeti

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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