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Best Serengeti Safaris

Where exactly does one go for a Serengeti safari? Well, on a map of Africa, Serengeti National Park can be found just to the north of every bucket list. There’s simply no more iconic wildlife experience than a safari in the Serengeti… it’s one of Tanzania’s best safari parks

One of the highlights of a luxury Serengeti safari is the Great Wildebeest Migration. Crossing plains both green and dusty, antelope follow the hypnotic cycle of the rains. You might catch up with the wildebeest in the southern Serengeti as calving takes place, and wobbly new legs try to outrun predators. Or in the central Serengeti, with the herd moving through areas that also offer exceptional year-round game viewing.

Witnessing a Grumeti River crossing in the western Serengeti will stay with you forever, as you’ll inevitably find yourself rooting for antelope over crocodile. The reptiles get a second bite of the cherry when the herds return from Kenya, and must ford rivers anew.

The Serengeti also contains Olduvai Gorge – one of the places where man began – and the black volcanic dunes of the Shifting Sands. Could their magnetic properties explain why people are drawn back to the Serengeti, and the ceaseless circling of the wildebeest?

Celebrate your bipedalism on a walking safari, or the triumph of human ingenuity as you float over the herds in a hot-air balloon – from campfires to gas burners in just a few thousand generations!

Your pulse will slow and quicken with the rhythms of the migration, whether it’s the spectacle of multiple births, crocodile snapping at heels or scenes of serene grazing. The Serengeti is Africa’s beating heart, and a masterpiece of circulation.

When to Go

The dry season opens with a high point of the Great Wildebeest Migration: the herds mustering on the banks of the Grumeti River around June, before attempting the crossing. Weatherwise, temperatures are cooler and very manageable now. At first the plains are lush and green after the rains, but soon the grass dies back, meaning that game in general is easier to observe. These factors combine to make this the peak season for safari in the Serengeti, so prices usually rise and availability can become tight in the lodges.

The short November rains bring a lovely green flush to the savannah, which slowly fades along with the memories of thunder and showers. As the new year starts, wildlife begins to congregate at the few remaining waterholes that provide a lifeline, but also prime ambush opportunities for predators. The short grass plains of the southern Serengeti are transformed into a giant wildebeest maternity ward as synchronised birthing takes place in January and February – an event which signals a bonanza for big cats and wild dog alike.

The Serengeti is essentially a year-round destination, although these months represent the peaks of the long and short rains respectively, so come prepared for heavy showers. Going on a luxury Serengeti safari during either of the wet seasons means you’ll be sharing all that space with significantly fewer fellow visitors, but arriving with you will be the massed herds. They move north through the central Serengeti towards the western Serengeti in April and May, while November sees the return journey from Kenya’s Masai Mara southwards into the northeastern Serengeti.

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