Serengeti National Park, Northern Tanzania (with Map & Photos)

The Serengeti National Park was established in 1951 as a nature reserve covering a huge area in Northern Tanzania (14,763 km²). In the Masai language, the Serengeti means “Endless Plains”. This is a very accurate description, since the park is the largest in Tanzania, it is located on a plateau, at an altitude of 914-1829 m above sea level.

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

General Information


Approximately comparable in area to Northern Ireland and considered one of the largest nature reserves in the world, the Serengeti is famous for being home to 35 types of mammals, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, buffaloes, rhinos, baboons and antelopes, and also over 500 species of birds. Many of these animals are found nowhere else in the world.

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

The annual 800 km migration of ungulates and zebras in search of food and water during the dry season in May is one of the attractions of the park. It is impossible to forget the sight of the animals rushing across the plains. Elton John's song "Circle of Life" is written about this, so do not forget to download it to your player when you go to the Serengeti. In March, antelopes and zebras take off and wander westward, wading the Grumati River. In May-June, the herds change direction and rush to the north, feeding on the grown greenery. By August, herbivores occupy the Kenyan reserve Masai Mara, and in October they leave back to the Serengeti, but only by other trails running east of the summer ones. In February, the Serengeti turns into a huge maternity hospital: every day thousands of calves, foals and other animals are born here.

In addition to interacting with the wildlife through a classic jeep safari, visitors to the Tanzanian National Park can enjoy the exotic landscapes of the African savannas and plains, rivers and lakes. Watch beautiful sunsets and visit the cliffs containing the Masai rock art.

It is also the only park in Tanzania where you can fly in a hot air balloon, if you don't, then you will regret it all your life.

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

In East Africa, only the Kenyan Tsavo national parks exceed the 15,000-kilometer Serengeti (+ 255-0689062-243, 0767536125). As for popularity, no one can compare with him - and this is a considerable merit of the father and son Grzimeks. In the 50s. German naturalists were the first to use aviation to count the number of animals. In the end, their lightweight "Dornier", painted in a zebra pattern, crashed with Michael Grzimek at the helm. The researcher was buried on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, and 30 years later his father found peace nearby, who wrote several books about Tanzanian nature, including the famous "The Serengeti Must Not Die".

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

The best time to visit the park is considered to be winter (December to March). The Serengeti is located 250 km northwest of Arusha. The most visited areas of the vast savannah - is south-east and the center, where the main local village Seronera (Seronera) and the largest park airfield.

Serengeti National Park Map