A million wildebeest each driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling their instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied 3 week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40 kilometre long columns plunge through crocodile infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8000 calves a day before the 1000 kilometre pilgrimage beings again.
More than 6 million hooves pound the legendary plains of the Serengeti. Every year, triggered by the rains, more than a million Wildebeest, 200,000 Zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s Gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. Tanzania’s first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its wealth of Leopard and Lion. The vast reaches of the park help the Black Rhino to fight extinction and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable Cheetah. Witness predator versus prey and the fundamental interdependence of the Serengeti’s abundant species, from more than 500 varieties of bird to 100 types of dung beetle.
The Serengeti is a sense of seeing to the ends of the earth, the sunburnt savannah shimmering to the horizon. Yet, after the rains this golden horizon is magically transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. But there are also wooded hills towering termite mounds and rocky kopjes, rivers lined with elegant stand of Fig trees, Ebony and Acacia, stained orange by dust. It is so vast you may be the only human audience when a pride of Lions masterminds a siege, focussed unswervingly on their next meal.
Please Note: Our recommendation spend minimum of 3 days in Serengeti for best game viewing. Wildebeest migration is unpredictable and its up on weather and rain to be assured of seeing them on your visit – stay longer and if you want to see the main Big cats and Predators as well.
Accommodations in Serengeti National Park
is a fabulous Conservation Corporation Camp with all aspects crafted in wood, stone, canvas and steel for the situation. The vast double tents were specially designed to create a light and airy atmosphere, and are each completed with wooden floorboards, dinky wooden bathrooms and wide, hand built beds. Each is set in private surroundings in the bush, and yet just a short walk along pathways lit with open flames to the dining room
Is situated high on the Kuka Hills in a private concession just beyond the boundaries of the Serengeti, commanding superb views back over it and the plains extending up to Kenya. The further joy of its situation means that Kleins is not beholden to the rules of the park, and thus the maximum of 16 guests at the camp can enjoy night drives and safaris in open-sided vehicles, and also walk in surrounding bush. A standing tradition encourages all guests to climb the small hill behind the camp each evening, and enjoy immaculately prepared sun-downers from the top, although the views from the central dining and bar area are equally impressive
Serena: This is an older hotel, dating from the late 70s, with all rooms designed to enjoy these excellent views, spreading out in a double-storey spread to either side of the central communal areas. These are decorated in an intriguingly charismatic style, with an impressive rocky water feature at the centre of the reception area, and at least one extraordinarily tall wooden crafted giraffe to greet guests in the dining room.
Sopa: This is an older hotel, dating from the late 70s, with all rooms designed to enjoy these excellent views, spreading out in a double-storey spread to either side of the central communal areas. These are decorated in an intriguingly charismatic style, with an impressive rocky water feature at the centre of the reception area, and at least one extraordinarily tall wooden crafted giraffe to greet guests in the dining room.
Kirawira Camp: Kirawira is an extraordinarily fine permanent tented camp, elegantly furnished throughout with Victorian antiques (or reproductions!), including studded leather folding wardrobes and polished brass taps and trimmings. The lavishly tented dining area is laid out across dark polished teak floorboards, all covered with rich woven rugs and surrounded by fine writing desks and 1920s safari memorabilia, and its hilltop position gives fabulous views across mile upon mile of the Serengeti bush all around
Migration Camp: This charismatic permanent tented camp is set in absolute isolation among wide flat rocks and spreading acacia, above a northern branch of the Grumeti River, and footprints in the mud in front of the tents indicate the nightly grass-mowing activities of local hippopotami. This old wooden-stilted camp has recently been taken over and upgraded by the Halcyon Hotel Group, who have refurbished the accommodation with chunky wooden furniture and wrought iron fittings, and built an elegant outdoor spa bath surrounded by wooden decking.
Ndutu: This low-key lodge is quietly situated on the warmer banks of Lake Ndutu, and offers a small and charismatic choice for slightly more basic but nonetheless good quality accommodation. It is also excellently placed in the middle of the path of the Great Migration, which surrounds the nearby plains in November and June. Its small, thatched stone rooms are designed in a fairly utilitarian block style, but are well placed in a wild, ground level location with wildlife potentially close at hand and the chance to sit back and enjoy great, silent, uninterrupted sunsets
Nomad Tented Camp: The Serengeti Safari Camp is a fully mobile safari camp accommodating a maximum of 8 guests which moves across the vast Serengeti as it shadows the wildebeest migration. The camp is sited in an area that has the greatest concentration of game or good access to that game at the time of the safari with every possible comfort in the depths of the African bush. The flexibility of this camp gives guests the best possible opportunities for gameviewing probably in Africa as a whole. Guests have the freedom of their own private vehicle with the services of a top professional Tanzanian guide.