Each year more than one and a half million plains game – mostly wildebeest, zebra and gazelle – move en-masse through the Serengeti following the rains and the lush new grass it heralds; the Great Migration, covering 600 miles in total, is under way.
The Serengeti, arguably the most famous but certainly the oldest of Tanzania’s national parks and a World Heritage Site, is reached via the northern gateway town of Arusha, itself nestling in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro. In the local language of the Maasai, Serengeti translates into “endless plains” and there could never be a more apt name as the savannah grasslands stretch to the horizon and far beyond only occasionally broken with wooded hills, monumental rocky kopjes and rivers lined with elegant acacia trees. The park is so vast – ten times the size of the Masai Mara – that its far reaches provide refuge to the endangered black rhino and safe breeding areas for the vulnerable cheetah. The Serengeti is also renowned for its wealth of lions, leopard and hyena, almost 1,000 other mammals and 500 species of birds.
As part of the classic Northern Circuit, that includes the beauty of Lake Manyara and the magnificence of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti is the perfect finale to any safari. Travel from December to July to see the Great Migration – with the herds moving northwards towards the Mara River from July to September and crossing back from October to December.
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