Tanzania Destinations Serengeti national park

The Serengeti National Park is without a doubt the world’s most well-known wildlife sanctuary, unrivaled for its natural beauty and scientific importance, and it contains Africa’s highest concentration of plains game.

Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park was established in 1952. It is home to the world’s biggest wildlife spectacle: the massive wildebeest and zebra migration. The resident lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and bird populations are also outstanding. From luxury resorts to mobile campgrounds, there is a vast range of lodging options. The park is larger than Connecticut, covering 5,700 square miles (14,763 square kilometers), with only a few hundred vehicles passing through.

There are three portions to the park. The Maasai dubbed the popular southern/central region (Seronera Valley) the “serengit,” or “country of infinite plains.” It’s a traditional savannah, with acacia trees and plenty of wildlife. The Grumeti River runs through the western corridor, which is more forested and densely forested. The least visited region is in the north, when the Lobo area joins Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.

Within the 30,000 km2 area, two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established. Its unusual environment has inspired writers ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers such as Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root, as well as a slew of photographers and scientists, many of whom have generously contributed their work to the creation of this website.

The Serengeti ecosystem is among the planet’s oldest. Climate, vegetation, and animals have remained essentially unchanged over the last million years. Around two million years ago, early man appeared in the Olduvai Gorge. Some life, death, adaption, and migratory patterns are as old as the hills.

The Serengeti is arguably most known for its migration. During the short rains in October and November, over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras migrate south from the northern hills to the southern plains, then swirl west and north following the long rains in April, May, and June. The ancestral drive to move is so powerful that no drought, gorge, or crocodile-infested river can stop them.

The wildebeest pass through a number of parks, reserves, and protected areas, as well as habitats. Join us as we explore the Serengeti ecosystem’s various types of plants and landscapes, as well as meet some of its most fascinating creatures.