Imagine massive herds of wildebeests, gazelles, and buffalo roaming the savannah. Picture groups of elephants and giraffes grazing under the watchful eyes of lions and cheetahs. Now envision yourself taking all of this in, in person, as you walk, drive, or soar over the plains. At Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania, you can do just that.
Serengeti National Park is not only the oldest national park in Tanzania, it is also the most popular, and with good reason. On this vast expanse of land, visitors can get a glimpse of some of Africa’s most natural wonders, where the plants and animals exist exactly as they did thousands of years ago. There is an extremely diverse mix of predators and prey here, and the same can be said for the variety of plants and landscapes. The Serengeti National Park has one of the biggest populations of African lions living within its boundaries, with their numbers totaling more than 3,000. You’ll also see black rhinoceroses, elephants, leopards, and buffalo. There are hundreds of different bird species here, making this a great park for bird watchers.
One of the best times to visit the park is during the annual wildebeest migration. December through July, thousands of these magnificent animals make their instinctive trek, searching for food, water, and mates. Accompanied by zebras and other grazers, immense herds roam the grasslands, wade through rivers teeming with crocodiles, and constantly search for the necessities to ensure their survival. Thousands of calves are also born during this period, and watching the baby wildebeests join the adults is something to see. Another popular time to visit Serengeti National Park is in June – October, when the fierce predators can best be seen. Watch lions, cheetahs, and other big cats in their natural environment, doing what they were born to do.
There are several different ways you can experience all that Serengeti National Park has to offer. One of the best ways to do this is to stay at the park in one of the lodges or camps, so you can spend several days observing the animals. You also have several options when it comes to park tours. You can do walking safaris, game drives, picnics in the bush, and even hot air balloon tours over the plains. No matter which outing you choose, taking any of the guided tours offered will give you a rare peek at some of Africa’s most treasured animals, living wild and free as they were born to do.