The Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in the African Safari Scene. Here you will be able to spot various wildlife activities such as the wildebeest migration, Predators hunting and so much more. Therefore, no surprise that this is a place that you would not dare miss out on your bucket list, whether during this period or sometimes in the future. To others, it is not just about its natural wonders but also for its world-class accommodation facilities located within the park.

The origin of the name “Serengeti”

Origin of the name “Serengeti - Safarihub

 The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai word “Siringit”, which means the “endless plains”.This accurately describes the endless vast savanna and its rolling hills. Though many people think that it is made up entirely of grassland, but it also consists of woodlands, forests, and savanna. 

History of the Serengeti

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Serengeti is among the oldest national park in Tanzania operated by the National Parks (TANAPA). It was first entrenched in the 1920s and officially declared as a national park in 1951. In 1981 it was named a UNESCO world heritage. The Serengeti currently attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year making it a major draw to the country’s tourism sector.

No permanent human inhabitation in the park, this was done so as to minimize human destructive activities within the national park, hence all the people (Maasai tribe) who inhabited the area were allocated to safer places.

Animals in the Serengeti

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If you visit Serengeti National Park, you may be able to spot some if not all the big five animals which consist of the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, and Lion. Other animals you can expect to see include Crocodiles, Wildebeests, Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Hippos, and Antelopes.

Besides the animals, there are also has more than 400 species of birds, turning it to a bird watcher’s paradise.

Best season/time to visit.

Best season/time to visit - Safarihub

This will vary mostly to tourists depending on their interests. For instance, one might be interested in viewing the Migration. Due to the migration interest, they are forced to visit a certain period of the year to spot the migration. But all in all, there is no specific time to visit the place, since wildlife sightings are all good all year round. 

Activities in the Serengeti

Serengeti National Park offers a wide range of activities due to its Vast savannah. Hence, the following are the various activities that one can undergo while in Serengeti.

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  • Game Drives
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge
  • Watching the Mara & Grumeti river crossings
  • Wildlife spotting at Seronera Plains
  • Hippo Pool visits
  • Visit the Bologonja Springs

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This includes the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Several parks will give you the chance to see these animals, but Serengeti National Park is probably one of the best places to see them all. Elephants, buffalo, and lions are common in the park, and these animals all tend to spend time out in the open.

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The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania’s best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion is everywhere and is often found on a kill.

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The Serengeti has more than 2 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are the animals most commonly found in the region.

The Wonders Of Serengeti - Safarihub


Geographic Scope. Giraffes live in sub- Saharan Africa, south of the Sahara Desert, from Niger all the way to Zimbabwe and Botswana. The largest concentration is in central-eastern Africa. Many wild giraffes populate Kenya and Tanzania. Masai giraffes live in the Serengeti while the Nigerian giraffe is found in Western Africa.

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For birders, there are more than 500 species in the park, including a few Tanzanian endemic species, such as Fischer’s lovebird, grey-breasted spurfowl and rufous-tailed weaver. Other birding highlights include Kori bustard, secretary bird, usambiro barbet, yellow-throated sandgrouse, grey-crested helmet shrike, and Hildebrandt’s starling.

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The annual migration of the wildebeest is one of the most impressive sights in Africa. About 1 million wildebeest are constantly on the move following the path of the rains and the new grass. Much of their journey passes through various parts of the Serengeti eco-system. In the southern short grass plains, they give birth, from January through to March. Then up through the northern Serengeti, they travel, with a two-month absence into the Maasai Mara in Kenya for September and October. In November, the short rains bring them south back into the Serengeti to start the process all over. It’s not only the wildebeest; herds of zebra and gazelle follow a similar pattern.

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The best times to visit Serengeti National Park are from January to February or from June through September, although you should plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration. For example, winter is the best time to see the herd in Southern Serengeti, while the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti are the best places to spend the summer and autumn months. Most safari operators will have a good idea of where the animals are headed and when, and most will adjust their itineraries based on the herd’s movement. Temperatures remain relatively constant with daytime highs resting in the 80s. You’ll find cooler weather in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area due to its higher elevation. April and May see the most rainfall, and many lodges and camps close for this slower season.

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