Serengeti and Northern Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is the jewel in Tanzania’s safari crown, with one of the largest concentrations of wildlife on the continent and some of the best game viewing in East Africa. The Serengeti is the archetypal African safari, where you can track the Big Five, confront the rhythms of life and death with the Great Migration and discover the traditional Maasai way of life.
The Serengeti gets its name from the Maasai word, serengit meaning endless plains and has the typical African landscape of flat, or gently rolling grasslands, studded with acacia trees and small rocky hills, known as kopje. It is Tanzania’s largest national park, which plays host to one of the greatest shows on earth, the Great Migration. This sees a thundering mass of over one million wildebeest winding their way through the golden savannah, following Africa’s rains in search of fresh grass and water. The herds spend most of the year in the Serengeti, with the period from mid-October to mid-August offering the best chance of sightings and we can help you choose the perfect base from which to witness this breathtaking natural phenomenon.
While most guests come to witness the migration, we believe that regardless of this, the Serengeti is one of Africa’s most impressive spots for wildlife viewing. The park provides a year-round home to the Big Five and has a particularly dense lion population, with sightings of whole prides lazing atop a kopje, or lone males lounging in the branches of a tree. The savannah grasslands are also prime cheetah territory, as they offer these predators ideal conditions for an uninterrupted hunt. Added to this, the plains game is extensive. Expect to see large varieties of grazers, including giraffe, impala, eland and zebra, all trying to elude the big cats that stalk them.
One of our favourite ways to experience the Serengeti is by hot air balloon, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of incredible panoramic views, followed by a champagne bush breakfast. Or you might enjoy visiting a Maasai village, where you can experience their unique culture and fascinating way of life.
As a safari destination, the Serengeti has much to offer but its popularity does bring the crowds, particularly during peak season when certain areas can get very busy. However, there are still some beautiful camps tucked away in the quieter areas of the Serengeti and we can help you to enjoy a more exclusive safari experience away from the masses.
Aside from the famed Serengeti, northern Tanzania is also home to Lake Victoria. This lake is the largest lake in Africa and stretches across Tanzania, Uganda and even part of Kenya. Rarely visited by tourists, Lake Victoria is home to Rubondo Island National Park, a lush green untouched wilderness which provides a home to around 40 rehabilitated chimpanzees and an astounding amount of birdlife. Rubondo Island is Tanzania’s largest National Park and a great way to end to a Serengeti safari.