Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is located in the north of Tanzania. You can call Serengeti an African Paradise. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai tribe called Siringeti which simply means “Endless Plain”. It is specifically located in the Mara, Simiyu and Arusha region. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Serengeti is famous for the yearly “Wildebeest Migration”, where over 1.5 million brindled wildebeests. You can see over 250,000 zebras and many other animals.

You can use multiple entrances such as Naabi Hill Gate, Ikoma gate and Ndabaka gate. The most commonly used gate is the Naabi Hill gate that connects to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

In 1929, Serengeti was recognized for preservation and central Serengeti was made into a Game Reserve. In 1951, this reserve became the first and the oldest National Park of Tanzania, where Ngorongoro Crater was also included. During this time, the country was called Tangayika.

Serengeti National Park is covers an area of 14,750 square kilometers. Serengeti is the third largest park after the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. You must have heard recently, part of Selous Game Reserve is turn into Nyerere National Park.

The animals that are visible in Serengeti are Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Buffaloes and Wildebeests. You can also see Waterbuck, Giraffes, Zebras, Gazelles, many types of other antelopes and animals.

Wildebeest Migration

From the migration map, the wildebeest migration starts from December to February in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near Lake Ndutu. Lake Ndutu is where you can officially see the mating season. March and April, the wildebeests are in Central Serengeti. From May to August, the animals start heading north of Serengeti heading to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. This is where you will the river crossings on Mbalageti and Grumeti Rivers. The wildebeest are in Kenya for only couple of months, September and October only. From October and November, the Wildebeest Migration heads to the south and central of Serengeti National Park for the next mating season. This is a approximate as per the months for the wildebeest migration.