SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (SNP)

Serengeti National Park with 14,763 sq km is the largest Tanzanian park, contiguous with Kenyan Masai Mara and extending almost to Lake Victoria.

Species. The park is teaming with stunning wildlife – it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains in search of fresh grassland. In May or early June you can witness the annual migration of millions of zebras and wildebeests in search of water and forage as the seasons change.

Large herds of antelopes of all sorts include: Patterson’s eland, Klipspringer, Dikdik, impala, gazelles, waterbuck, bushbuck and reedbuck, topis, kongoni, cotton’s oribi, grey bush duiker, roan antelope buffalo and wildebeests (the estimate is above one million of these animals). Carnivores include lions, leopards, cheetah, hyena, bat eared fox, hunting dog and jackal. Smaller mammals: spring hare, porcupine, warthog, hyraxes, baboon, vervet monkey, colobus monkey, patas monkey, and mongooses. Larger mammals include herds of giraffes, then rhinos, elephants, hippos. There are recorded about 500 species of bird, including vultures, storks, flamingoes, martial and fish eagles and ostriches. Reptiles include crocodiles, a number of species of snakes and lizards.

Activities. Serengeti offers amongst the most exciting game viewing safaris. You can also do bird watching tours and Balloon safaris, which normally follow the Grumeti river. One of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest herds during the dry season, from the Serengeti northwards in the Masai Mara, where they remain between July to October. Therefore the concentration of wildlife is greater between December and June.