Serengeti National Park

DESCRIPTION

The famous Serengeti National Park is some 14,763 sqkm (5,700 sq miles) in size and stretches North to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the West.

The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest national park, and is also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th World Wide Wonder. Famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of the most amazing game viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

With all the plains game converging here, predators are abundant. Lion prides and solitary leopards hunt by day and night, and all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the aardwolf to the serval cat.

Big game aside, over 500 bird species have been recorded here, ranging from the ostrich and secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar above the Lobo Hills. Popular as the Serengeti rightly is, it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focussed unswervingly on its next meal.

ACCOMMODATION

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Dunia camp

Situated in the prime wildlife areas of central and southern Serengeti, Dunia Camp combines style and luxury with an incredible wildlife experience...

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Kirawira Camp

Kirawira Camp is an exclusive and elegant tented camp set on a hill overlooking the expansive plains of the Serengeti. Situated on the Western Corridor, the camp is ideally located for the annual migration of wildebeest and action-packed safaris to view the 'big five', all in extreme comfort...

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Klein's Camp

Set just below the crest of the Kuka Hills, Klein's Camp overlooks the vital corridor linking the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Twice a year, the valleys below are filled with a throng of zebra and wildebeest...

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Lamai Serengeti

Lamai Serengeti lodge is located in the northern Serengeti, set within the iconic Kogakuria kopjes with views out over the Mara River Valley and Lamai Wedge...

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Lemala Mara Camp

Lemala Mara is a seasonal camp in Serengeti, within touching distance of the Mara River and set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Northern Serengeti...

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Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators in the Western Serengeti...

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Nasikia Central Camp

Nasikia Central Camp has 10 - 15 semi-permanent tents established throughout the year, depending on seasonal reservation requirements. Each tent is 12m long by 4m wide made from heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas and imported from South Africa...

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Nasikia Mobile Camp

Nasikia Luxury Mobile Camp has 6-12 tents that remain mobile throughout the year, depending on the location of the wildebeest migration...

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Nduara Loliondo Camp

Nduara Loliondo Camp moves seasonally, spending 6 months in southern Loliondo (Piyaya) and 6 months in northern Loliondo (Ololosokwan). The private campsites are positioned in superb wilderness areas...

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Ngorongoro Wilderness Camp

Ngorongoro Wilderness Camp is a seasonal tented camp that lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park, and every three to six months the camp moves to a new location...

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Olakira Camp

As the great migration makes its way across the expansive Serengeti plains, so the luxury seasonal Olakira Camp follows. In the early part of the year, Olakira is perfectly situated to witness the calving of wildebeest...

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Piyaya Mobile Camp

The Serengeti eco-system is much larger than the Serengeti National Park itself and includes the game controlled areas bordering the National Park...

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Sanctuary Kusini

Sanctuary Kusini is located in the southern central area of the Serengeti National Park. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai language and means "endless plains"...

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Sayari Camp

Located in the remote and exclusive northern Serengeti, Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned to witness the Great Migration crossing the Mara River...

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Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp travels through the Serengeti National Park where the densities of animals and predators are high. The camp is positioned before arrival in likely proximity to the predicted path of the migration...

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Serengeti Wilderness Camp

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a seasonal camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park, with access to arguably some of the best game viewing in Africa. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of...

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Serian Serengeti Camp

From June to October, Serian North Serengeti Camp is strategically located in the north of the Serengeti National Park close to the Mara River and Kogatende airstrip...

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Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Situated in the Singita Grumeti Reserve, Faru Faru Lodge lends a contemporary signature style to safari. Inspired by a botanical theme, this riverside lodge offers barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic setting...

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Ubuntu Camp

Ubuntu Camp travels with the natural flow of the wildebeest through the Serengeti eco system. Between December and March, the camp is situated on the open southern plains when the annual migration starts the journey north...

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Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp

Lemala Ewanjan is a deluxe camp with 12 beautiful tented suites set within the game-rich Seronera Valley in a secluded part of Central Serengeti.

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Ehlane Plains Camp

A NEW CAMP FOR 2018 The camp offers eight tents designed to merge with the eco-system, all under canvas and all with clear vistas of the wilderness ahead. Each tented suite contains a lounge cove w...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1: Serengeti National Park

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park.

Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate, Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from your safari.

Day 2 - 3: Serengeti National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.

Day 4 - 5: Serengeti National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos. Outside of the crater a similar drama continues in a more spread out manner with Masai herdsmen thrown into the mix.

Day 6 - 9: Serengeti National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

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