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Overview – Serengeti NP
Serengeti National Park, situated in northern Tanzania, stands as a premier destination for safari enthusiasts worldwide. It is celebrated for hosting the most magnificent mammal migration on the planet. Beyond this unparalleled event, the park offers year-round exceptional wildlife encounters due to its high concentration of animals. While the southern plains near Seronera attract the majority of visitors, the Western Corridor and the areas around the Mara River also provide unique and captivating safari experiences worth venturing into.
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Best Time To Go
From January to February and June to October, various areas peak in attractiveness at different times.
High Season
From July to March, the Seronera area experiences crowding.
14,763km² / 5,700mi²
1,140-2,099m / 3,740-6,886ft
Pros & Cons
Yearly Great Wildebeest Journey: January through October
Outstanding mid-range and luxury lodges choices
Sky-High Balloon Adventures
Premier Year-Round Wildlife Encounters
Boundless Savannahs: The Essence of True Africa
Ideal for Predator Sightings
Migration Timelines: A Unpredictable Phenomenon
Mara River Crossings: A Hub of Spectator Crowds
Seronera Region: A Bustling Wildlife Hotspot
The yearly majestic migration involves over two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles embarking on an 800-kilometer (approximately 500-mile) circular journey through the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem’s savannahs. The bulk of this incredible trek occurs within the expansive Serengeti, significantly outstretching the size of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

The Serengeti teems with a remarkable variety of wildlife, hosting the Big Five (with the black rhino being a less common sight) alongside giraffes, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, black-backed jackals, warthogs, and an extensive assortment of antelopes. Along the banks of the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, you’ll find vocal hippos and massive crocodiles that appear as if they’ve stepped out of a prehistoric era. These rivers are especially known for the crocodiles’ dramatic feeding events during the yearly wildebeest crossings.
The vast expanse of the Serengeti offers breathtaking vistas. Known for its boundless, wild beauty, the region is distinguished by its sprawling grasslands dotted with kopjes—rocky outcrops—in the southeast. The landscape transforms along the Western Corridor, tracing the paths of the Grumeti and Mbalageti Rivers, edged by lush riverine forests stretching toward Lake Victoria. The Lobo Hills stand out with their impressive granite formations towering into the skies. Further north, the Mara River frames the dramatic river crossings, a pivotal spectacle of the wildebeest migration, capturing the essence of nature’s raw drama.
Weather & Climate
The Serengeti enjoys moderate temperatures, rarely experiencing extreme heat. Daytime temperatures hover around a comfortable 27°C (81°F), making it quite pleasant, though nights can turn cool, necessitating warm attire for those early morning safaris. The Dry season, spanning June to October, typically sees scant rainfall, ensuring that weather seldom disrupts outdoor activities. Conversely, the Wet season, extending from November to May, reaches its zenith in March and April, when rain may occasionally impede plans.
Best Time To Visit
The Serengeti welcomes visitors year-round, yet some regions shine brighter at specific times. The wildebeest calving season in the Ndutu area marks a highlight from January to February. By June and July, the migration sweeps through the Western Corridor, offering spectacular views. The Mara River crossings, a definitive spectacle, are most impressive in August and September. During these months, wildlife spotting in the Lobo area is at its prime, making it an ideal time for a visit.
​Wildlife & Animals – Serengeti NP

Serengeti National Park embodies the quintessential African safari experience. Vast herds of wildlife traverse the expansive savannah, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that stretches to the horizon. Predators are an integral part of this natural tableau, adding an element of unpredictability and excitement. Lions are frequently seen without the need for extensive searching. Cheetahs, renowned for their speed, are also a common sight, offering lucky visitors the chance to witness their breathtaking sprints. While leopards are more elusive, their penchant for resting in the large trees near the Seronera River gives you a good chance of spotting these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

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Black Rhino
Wildlife Highlights

The Serengeti is celebrated for its spectacular annual wildebeest migration, a monumental journey that sees approximately 8 million hooves pounding the vast plains. This mass movement involves over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, all in pursuit of new pastures. This event draws predators in large numbers, making sightings of big cats in action a thrilling aspect of the migration. Spotted hyenas, golden jackals, and black-backed jackals are also a common presence, closely trailing the migrating herds.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Throughout the year, the Serengeti provides exceptional opportunities for wildlife observation. The months of June and July are particularly favorable for witnessing the migration and potential crossings at the Grumeti River. In the park’s northern areas, the more renowned crossings of the Mara River are typically observed around August and September. For those interested in experiencing the wildebeest calving season, the period from January to February is considered optimal.

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​Birds – Serengeti NP
Serengeti National Park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 500 bird species documented within its bounds. This park plays a crucial role in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, recognized as one of Africa’s Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs), and it is home to five unique bird species that are not found anywhere else. Among these, the grey-breasted spurfowl frequently makes an appearance around Seronera, while Fischer’s lovebird and the rufous-tailed weaver—remarkable for being the sole species in its genus—tend to populate the woodlands. The Usambiro barbet and the grey-crested helmet-shrike, though present, might be more challenging to spot. Seasonal migrations bring a variety of migratory birds to the park from November to April, further enriching the biodiversity of this extraordinary habitat.

Notable Birds in Serengeti NP

Fischer’s lovebird
Superb starling
Lilac-breasted roller
Secretary bird
Grey-breasted spurfowl
Best Time for Bird Watching

Birding in the Serengeti is a rewarding experience throughout the year, with the period from November to April standing out as the prime season. During these months, the park becomes a bustling hub for migratory birds from the Palearctic and within Africa, enriching the avian diversity. It’s also the breeding season for many resident birds, offering enthusiasts the chance to observe them in their vibrant breeding plumages. For general wildlife observation, the months of January to February and June to October are particularly favorable, although the best times can vary depending on the specific regions of the park you explore.

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Migratory Birds

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In Serengeti National Park, wildlife viewing maintains its allure all year round, though the experience peaks in certain regions at specific times. The wildebeest migration, a highlight for many visitors, showcases nature’s drama at various stages from January to October, covering most of the year. However, the migration’s timing hinges on rainfall patterns, making its schedule somewhat unpredictable. The period from January to February is particularly special in the Ndutu area, where the wildebeest calving season offers a unique spectacle. For those keen on witnessing the migration in action, the Western Corridor becomes a prime spot in June and July. Come August and September, the northern part of the park presents the iconic Mara River crossings. Yet, it’s important to note that these events draw significant crowds. For those seeking a more secluded experience, it might be worth exploring areas away from the migration’s path.
Best Time
January to February and June to October are periods when different areas are at their best at varying times.
High Season
From July to March, it's high season in various areas at different times, yet Seronera tends to be crowded.
Low Season
During April and May, lower rates may be available.
Best Weather
From June to October, there is little to no rainfall.
Worst Weather
March and April mark the peak of the wet season.
June to October – Dry Season
Optimal Viewing of Wildebeest Migration: June-July in the Western Corridor & August-September in the Park's North
Enhanced Wildlife Spotting: Animals Congregate Around Waterholes and Rivers Amid Thinner Vegetation
Predominantly Sunny Skies with Minimal Rainfall
Low Mosquito Presence: Minimal Risk of Malaria
Seronera Region: Notable for Its Crowds
Mara River Bustles During Wildebeest Crossings in August and September
Chilly Mornings and Evenings: Warm Attire Advised
November to May – Wet Season
January-February: Prime Season for Wildebeest Calving and Predator Encounters
Lush Landscapes Abound
April-May: Low Season Benefits with Fewer Crowds and Potential for Lower Rates
Year-Round Wildlife Viewing, with Easier Spotting During the Dry Season in the Serengeti
Bird Watching Peaks: Migratory Birds Present November to April
Short Afternoon Rains Minimally Impact Trips, Except in March and April
March-April: At the Heart of the Wet Season
Wildlife Photos
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Weather & Climate – Serengeti NP
Moderate and Pleasant Climate Year-Round in Serengeti, with Cool Nights and Mornings: Essential Warm Clothing Serengeti Seasons: Dry Period from June to October, Wet Season with Short Rains (November-December) and Long Rains (March-May), Featuring Afternoon Thundershowers
Dry Season – June to October

Daytime Warmth at 26°C/79°F, Clear Skies, and Chilly Nights at 14°C/57°F

Mid-Year Cold Spells with Near-Freezing Temperatures, Morning Chill in June-September, and Potential Early Short Rains in October

Wet Season – November to May

Steady Temperatures: Comfortable Afternoons at 27°C/81°F and Pleasant Nights at 15°C/59°F

Rainy Spells: Short Rains in November-December, Dry Intervals in January-February, and Long Rains with Frequent Showers in March-May

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​Getting There – Serengeti NP

Beginning your Serengeti adventure usually starts from Arusha, a prominent launch point for safaris in Tanzania. The most practical approach is flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is conveniently located about 50km (31mi) from Arusha. Alternatively, travelers can opt for Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and catch a connecting flight to either Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).


Once in Arusha, there are multiple ways to reach the Serengeti. Regular flights operate from Arusha to various airstrips within the park, providing quick access. Alternatively, adventurers can embark on a picturesque drive spanning approximately 325km (200mi), taking approximately 8 hours. Though the journey may be rough at times, it offers the opportunity to witness wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, particularly as it traverses the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


For a more comprehensive experience, many travelers opt for a combination of flying and driving. This involves flying one way and driving the other, with an overnight stop at the Ngorongoro Crater. From there, it’s about a 140km (90mi) drive to the Seronera area in the heart of the Serengeti, which takes around 3 hours.

Driving Times: Approximations with Consideration for Potential Delays
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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Flight Options and Pricing: Use Skyscanner to Explore Airlines Serving Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

Domestic Flights

Your tour consultant typically handles bookings for domestic and charter flights between parks as part of the tour package. However, if you’re arranging your own flights to the Serengeti, several local carriers offer domestic flights:


Coastal Aviation

Safari Air Link

Auric Air

Precision Air

Regional Air

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please refer to our FAQ – Tanzania page for detailed information regarding passport, visa, vaccination, and other entry requirements.

​Malaria & Safety – Serengeti NP

In our opinion, a journey to Serengeti National Park is highly secure. Crime occurrences within Tanzania’s parks and reserves are infrequent, and your guide will prioritize your safety throughout the trip. For the latest updates on travel advisories concerning the Serengeti and Tanzania, please refer to the ‘Staying Safe – Tanzania’ section.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Given the presence of malaria in the Serengeti, it’s crucial to take precautions to safeguard your health. Utilize mosquito repellents containing DEET, as they are highly effective, and ensure you’re taking antimalarial medication. Additionally, consider covering exposed skin during the evening hours. Before your trip to Tanzania, it’s wise to consult with your local healthcare provider about recommended vaccinations for added protection.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is typically considered safe, particularly when conducted as part of an organized safari. It’s essential to heed the instructions provided by your guide at all times. Familiarize yourself with the park regulations, and if you’re embarking on a self-drive safari, remain inside your vehicle unless within a designated area. For additional safety recommendations, refer to the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ section below.

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