The Serengeti conjures up quintessential images of vast plains disappearing into the distance, broken occasionally with roaming wildlife. Serengeti does indeed mean "endless plains" in the Maasai language.
The sheer number and diversity of wildlife within the Serengeti is remarkable. Elephant, buffalo, Maasai giraffe, and plenty of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle, impala, Grant's gazelle, topi, hartebeest, eland, and other antelopes live or migrate through here, of course, all hunted by predators for which the Serengeti is famous.
The vast and beautiful Serengeti is one of Africa's most awe-inspiring safari areas. Some of these animals reside year-round in territorial home areas, particularly the north and west, which are excellent for safaris all year round.
But most of the wildebeest and good numbers of other zebra and Thompson gazelles are permanently on the move in the 'Great Migration' of which the Serengeti (and neighbouring Kenya's Maasai Mara) is part. The continual Great Migration, with millions of wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate together in search of sweeter grass, followed, of course, by many predators. December to April is zebra and wildebeest calving time, and most of the migratory animals are in the Serengeti's southeast bordering the western part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This colossal body of animals is beginning to move towards the Serengeti's Western Corridor and the Grumeti Reserve by May. Moving northwest, the swathes of beast pass through the Central Serengeti in June, arriving in the park's extreme north around mid-July, where the animals have to face crossing the crocodile-infested Grumeti and Mara rivers. Great access allowing front row seats for this spectacle can be arranged with the following operators which Safari Guru works closely with; Alex Walker Serian Serengeti, Lamai Serengeti and for those seeking something a little more private, including private vehicle and guide; Mkombe House Lamai; great for the family safari or multi-generational groups travelling together. There are many more available, and by emailing us, we will share options offering higher end luxury, and the more basic bush experience.
Although the Serengeti is vast, it can feel busy. But we will only organise safaris to the quieter, more exclusive parts of this immense park. Along the Serengeti's peripheries are several private reserves and concessions. North of the Western Corridor is the Grumeti Reserve. Between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the southern Serengeti are the Maswa Game Reserve and Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. These three reserves offer an exclusive and luxurious safari experience.
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