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“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Serengeti, Tanzania

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.

Where to stay in Serengeti?

There is a wide variety of accommodation options available, from luxury lodges to camping. The park covers 14,763 sq km – it’s huge – so these are scattered throughout so you can cover different regions without huge days of driving.

How long should you stay in Serengeti?

Many stay 3-4 nights to explore, sometimes moving between locations within the park. You could spend longer here if you are keen to explore several areas.

How to get to Amboseli?

Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha, which you reach by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport.

The most convenient way to get from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small plane to one of the various airstrips in the park. The drive from Arusha to the Serengeti takes around 8 hours (325km). It’s a bumpy ride in parts but offers beautiful scenery and many places to stop along the way.

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Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on Earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?

Brian Jackman