Serengeti National Park
Imagine a vast area of land supporting the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Equal in size to Northern Ireland, the Park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal
migration that is one of nature’s greatest wonders.
There are no fences; the Serengeti stretches into Kenya’s Mara in the north and Maswa Game Reserve in the south carrying on towards Lake Victoria in the west. Vegetation in the Serengeti ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the centre and the wooded grassland concentrated around tributaries of the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in the north. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching to the edge of Lake Victoria. The Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti is famous for the abundance of Lion and Leopard that are generally easy to find.
The Serengeti does not disappoint – in simple terms if you are in the Serengeti at the height of the calving season, the spectacle never fails to astound. Night and day there is an endless cacophony of zebra’s barking and wildebeest grunting mixed with the squeals of the newborn calves.
Whilst talking of the Serengeti, we have to mention the ‘Migration’. Is it wanderlust? No its not. These animals have been moving in search of new pastures since time began. Like everything in nature, it is not predictable, if the rains are late, or if there is a lot of rain leaving pools and lakes the animals can often remain or even split up and later re group. The migration route is not cast in stone.
In brief the animals move as follows:
December to March: animals are congregated around the short grass plains of Ndutu, in southern Serengeti.
April to May: the animals moves North into central Serengeti.
June, July & August: the migration can split in two large groups; one group goes west (not breaking into song) into the Western Corridor around Mbalageti whilst the other heads directly north passing near Klein’s Camp, before crossing the Grumeti Mbalageti and Mara Rivers.
Recently more and more animals are now moving into the area now controlled by Grumeti Reserves, a private concession, which is excellent news.
September to October: the Migration moves into Kenya’s Masai for a short respite before moving back south to its home in the Serengeti.
You can see the migration at almost any time of year; it is just a question of where! The sight that never fails to impress are the plethora of confused gnu’s on the short grass plains and river crossings. We believe the best way to experience Serengeti and the migration is to stay in one of the superb tented camps, which move with the animals.
Lodges in Serengeti
The Bilila Lodge is found in central Serengeti, approximately 45 minutes drive from the airstrip at Seronera. It is a larger lodge offering an international standard of accommodation to its visitors. The 74 rooms offer guests a choice of accommodation type. There are lodge and suite rooms as well as a Presidential Villa. The lodge Read More
Singita Serengeti is a private game concession which borders the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The area is renowned for its excellent year round game viewing and ideally placed for the annual wildebeest migration. There are 3 super luxurious lodges of which Faru Faru Tented Camp is one. It is situated about 45 Read More
Situated in the western corridor of the Serengeti, about 30 miles from the confluence of the Grumeti River with Lake Victoria, Grumeti River Camp is a luxury tented camp. Overlooking a bywater of the Grumeti River where once a year the migrating Wildebeest run the gauntlet of the hungry crocodiles, the camp is ideally situated Read More
Standing on a ridge overlooking the Serengeti Plains, Kirawira Tented Camp is a good representation of a colonial safari camp with its Edwardian styled camp. There are 25 well spaced luxury tents, each built on a wooden raised platform. Each tent has a furnished deck which leads to the bedroom, which is furnished in typical Read More
Kleins Tented Camp is located in the heart of the game rich Maasai territory in the north eastern area of the Serengeti, on the edge of the Kuka Hills, just outside the park boundary. Its 24,000 acres are leased from the Maasai and is for the exclusive use of its guests. There are 10 twin Read More
Located in the south western area of the Serengeti, Kusini Tented Camp is close to the border with the Maswa Game Reserve to the south and the Ngorongoro Conservation area to the east. This high specification camp is set amongst granite kopjes and acacia woodland. There are 12 tents in this permanent camp and all Read More
Situated in the northern Serengeti and built amongst the distinctive Lobo Kopje, Lobo Wildlife Lodge was originally constructed in 1968 and was government run until it was bequeathed to the national parks service by the late President Nyerere. The lodge has been built in and around the volcanic rocks. The layout of Lobo Wildlife Lodge Read More
Mbalageti Tented Camp stands on Mwamyeni Hill overlooking the Dutwa Plain in a quiet part of the western corridor of the Serengeti. There are superb views of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration in this area. There are 2 room types at Mbalageti. The lodge rooms are all connected in a row and are back Read More
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is located north of the Seronera valley en route to the northern corridor. Now managed by the Serena Group, we think it is one of the best tented camps in the Serengeti in this price bracket. The camp consists of sixteen luxuriously dressed tents, each of which have two queen beds with Read More
Situated in the northern central Serengeti overlooking the Grumeti River, Migration Camp is a small luxury camp located in a hidden valley. The camp is within a short drive of the Lobo airstrip and for this reason is often included in a flying safari itinerary. Consisting of 20 tents, all comfortable furnished, the camp is Read More
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the south eastern part of the Serengeti eco-system. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu is a great place from which to visit the short grass plains of the Serengeti as well as the swamps, woodlands and soda lakes that make up the surrounding habitat. The lodge Read More
This camp, formerly known at Loliondo Tented Camp is situated in the Loliondo Concession, a large unfenced area of the Maasai community which borders the north east boundary of the Serengeti. This is a place of immense beauty with granite kopjes, grassy plains and acacia lined water courses. It is a completely private area and Read More
Olakira – Maasai for ‘star’ – is ideally placed to follow the pace of the migration and the camp moves throughout the year to do just that. There are just 5 tents in this camp, all furnished with comfortable beds with patterned bedspreads, giving the tents a rustic, homely feel to them. Large gauze windows Read More
Olduvai Camp is located in south central Serengeti, half-way between the Ngorogoro Crater rim and Ndutu. Olduvai Camp stands at the base of a kopje on the southern edge of the Serengeti. It is run by Maasai and is ideally situated to explore the southern plains of the Serengeti. January through to March/April the whole Read More
Ronjo Tented Camp is situated in the central Serengeti area during December to March. This mobile camp is generally set away from the busiest areas, ensuring easy access to the very best game viewing for its guests. It is a simple, fairly basis camp of just 12 tents. Each tent has private facilities, locally made, Read More
Singita Serengeti is a private game concession which borders the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The area is renowned for its excellent year round game viewing and ideally placed for the annual wildebeest migration. There are 3 super luxurious lodges of which Sabora Tented Camp is one. Set on the private and very Read More
Singita Serengeti is a private game concession which borders the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The area is renowned for its excellent year round game viewing and ideally placed for the annual wildebeest migration. There are 3 super luxurious lodges of which Sasakwa Lodge is one. The main lodge sits on top of Read More
Sayari Camp is an intimate seasonal camp located in the extreme north of the Serengeti and is the only camp in this area to remain open for most of the year. During December to March the camp is located in the Piya region on the southern grass plains and during June to November it moves Read More
Situated in the northern part of the Serengeti, in the Lamai Wedge, is the Serengeti Mara Camp. This seasonal camp, on the north side of the Mara River, gives easy access to the short grass plains of the Masai Mara and is the only camp in the area. It is accessed by light aircraft to Read More
Centrally located adjacent to the famous western corridor and Grumeti River, the Serena Safari Lodge sits high on a tree clad ridge overlooking the rolling Serengeti plains. The lodge is situated close to the 2 million year old Palaeolithic site of Olduvai, the ‘birthplace of Mankind’, the heritage of which is shown in the traditional art Read More
The Serengeti Sopa Lodge is the only lodge to be located in the Nyaboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti Plains. Nestled in acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Serengeti Plains, the Lodge is ideally situated to view the amount of wildlife that gathers in this area. There are Read More
Situated in the heart of the Serengeti, the Seronera Wildlife Lodge is built on an enormous kopje (rock) located on the migration route. It is a fantastic location year round for game viewing but is large and resembles a ski chalet out of season. The 75 rooms are decorated in an authentic African style and Read More
Set on a hill overlooking the Musabi Plains in the western corridor, Soroi Lodge is built amongst rocks and is unique in its design. It offers its guests fascinating views out over the Serengeti Plains. The tented chalets are built on wooden stilts amongst the surrounding hills; this design allows amazing views over the Musabi Read More