Arguably the most spectacular game viewing in Africa
“Some eight million hooves pounding the open grasslands, a blur of brown and black and white stripes rushing past; bleating, snorting, dust kicking up into the air; prides of lions hunting; crocodiles launching surprise attacks… Unrivalled views of the ultimate predator versus prey encounters…”
Famed for the Great Migration – one of the eight natural wonders of the world – the Serengeti’ssheer volume of predators and grazers makes for unforgettable game viewing. The name ‘Serengeti’ is Maasai for ‘endless plains’. And it’s these open grasslands that host the greatest mass wildlife phenomenon known to man – the annual migration of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates along an ancient circular route through the park and on into neighbouring Kenya. To encounter the rush and noise of these great herds on the move or to watch the action-packed crossings of croc-invested waters leaves you open-mouthed. It doesn’t get any better than this.
The migration is not the only show in town, however. For three weeks every February/March, the southern Serengeti witnesses the birth of some 8,000 wildebeest. Every day. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania's oldest and most-popular national park is also home to buffalo, elephant, giraffe, thousands-upon-thousands of eland, topi, hartebeest, impala and gazelle. Which all makes for happy hunting grounds for predators. Chief among them is the lion, and the Serengeti is unrivalled in numbers of great prides. Not to mention the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the aardwolf to the serval – somewhat of a Serengeti speciality.