One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world, the Serengeti is nature in its wildest form and offers top class wildlife viewing. The sweeping plains are a UNESCO World Heritage site and 35 species of plain animals, including the Big 5, are found here. Of the three million large animals present in the ecosystem, many take part in the seasonal migration, a most sensational sight. If you’re there at the right time, you can spot herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lions are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetahs are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopards can often be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
Balloon safaris allow you to take it in from a total new angle.
Best Time to Go
- Best time to go: January-February for the wildebeest calving; June-September for general wildlife viewing with a chance of seeing the wildebeest crossing of the Grumeti River June-July.
- High Season:High Season: Most of the year – July to March (The Serengeti will be crowded around the Seronera area)
- Low Season: April and May
- Best Weather: June to October (Little to no rainfall)
- Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
June to October - Dry Season
- June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration in the western corridor.
- Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers and the vegetation is less thick.
- It is mostly sunny and there is very little rain.
- The park gets quite crowded around the Seronera area.
- Mornings and nights get cold. It’s recommended to bring warm clothing for early morning game drives from June to August.
November to May - Wet Season
- Late January to February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti. This is an excellent time to see predator action.
- The scenery is lush.
- April and May are low season, so it’s usually less crowded and rates might be less.
- Although wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, the Serengeti offers good game viewing throughout the year.
- Migratory birds are present and birdwatching is at its best.
- Except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip.
- March to May is the peak of the wet season.