Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary. It fits well into most people’s dreams of an African safari with its plentiful wildlife, vast plains speckled with umbrella acacia trees, kopjes, and sausage trees, and its crocodile and hippo-filled rivers. It’s the land of The Lion King.
The park is consists of three sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley) is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s the classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is where you will find the Grumeti River, known for the dramatic migration crossings. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, and is the least visited section.
The Serengeti has the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa. It is also home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest. The population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also extraordinary.
Serengeti is most famous for the migration. Over one million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then spin west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.