Serengeti National Park
The 'Plains of the Serengeti' have been so widely talked about, photographed, documented and enjoyed that it's hard to summarise Serengeti National Park in a way that does it justice! It is considered the oldest, largest and the most visited. There is still enough space for everyone to lose themselves in this Park and you won't forget the memory of being able to look as far as the eye can see in every direction. Its size is 14,763km2.
The Serengeti lies between Ngorongoro highlands and the Kenya-Tanzania border and extends almost to Lake Victoria to the west. Its name comes from the Maasai word "siringeti" which means endless plains and here you will find the richest grazing grounds on the continent; the home to the largest herds on the planet, and the highest concentration of predators in Africa.
The Serengeti Plains were formed 3.4 million years ago when ashes blown from the volcanoes in Ngorongoro covered the rolling landscapes. These thick layers of ash established the rich soil that supports the southern grass plains. These endless plains give you a feeling of freedom and the opportunity to 'chance' on rare predators in their natural habitat. When you have the time in the Serengeti, the rewards are immense.
The annual wildebeest migration is the highlight of the park and we can advise on when this takes place. However, importantly, even top experts are now struggling to trace the patterns following climate changes and subsequent changes in animal behaviour. During the different seasons in the Serengeti, it still keeps its amazing attractive features. It probably still remains the the best place in Tanzania to see predators in action.