The Serengeti National Park is home to truly incredible scenery and magnificent wildlife including the largest lion population in Africa. Famed for it's annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra the Serengeti covers around 5,700 square miles consisting of vast grassland plains, savanna, woodland and riverine forest. The park borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve and together with several other smaller reserves and conservation areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem. This really is one of the most spectacular and iconic African safari locations!
Some of the game in the Serengeti resides permanently in certain areas, however many more migrate and with this is mind careful planning is needed when visiting the Serengeti to avoid busier areas and make the most of your experience. We have therefore to help with this planning split the Serengeti into three areas - the Central 'belt' including the Western Corridor and Eastern area, and then the Southern and Northern sections.
Directly north of the southern plains lies the Seronera area, the central part of the Serengeti National Park. This is a beautiful area with wide open plains as far as the eye can see, dotted with kopjes / small hills. It is a stunning area, full of resident game and an incredible high density of big cats who stay here due to being able to live off the resident and migrating plains game.
Whilst the area is scenically beautiful and has superb wildlife viewing the downside is it can be very busy. The migration does pass through the area in April/May and October/November time and often is a good base from which to explore if the migration is nearby whether that be North, South, East or West. However, we feel it is best to locate yourself away from this main Seronera area if possible due to the high density of camps, larger lodges and therefore number of vehicles. By staying slightly away from the main area you can still access the wildlife of the area, but with good guiding stay away from the crowds.
The Central 'belt' of the Serengeti includes the Eastern and Western areas of the park. The Western Corridor stretches out all the way to Lake Victoria and is home to the migration in May/June time. The area is home to two rivers - the Mbalageti and Grumeti - where the migration will cross over the crocodile rich waters! A fantastic location to experience the migration at this time of year.
The Eastern area of the Serengeti is not often visited and actually was closed to tourists until just a few years ago. It had been closed off for 20 years to allow the grasslands to replenish and the cheetah population to grow. It is now home to good numbers of big cats and in an area that is breathtakingly beautiful makes for an experience that is up there with the very best! Here we highly recommend Namiri Plains Camp.