Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Lion

Each year more than six million hooves pound the legendary Serengeti's endless plains, triggered by the seasonal rains more than a million of Wildebeests 200,000, Zebras and 300. 000 Thomson's gazelles gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands. The Wildebeest rutting season is frenzied three weeks long bout of territorial conquests and mating, followed by survival of the fittest as the 40 km long columns plunge trough crocodiles infested waters on the annual exodus north. Replenishing the species is the brief of population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves a day before the 1000 km pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania's first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its wealth of leopards and lions. The vast reaches of the park are hiding place for the endangered black Rhino and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah, alongside the Serengeti's thousands of other diverse species, from the 500 verities of birds 100 different types of dung beetle.

After the rains, the Serengeti's magical golden horizon is transformed into an endless green carpet, flecked by wild flowers. The famous plains are interspersed with wooded hills, towering termite mounds, monumental rocky kopjes, and rivers lined with elegant acacia trees. To search for the at-times elusive wildebeest migration, visit the Serengeti from December to July. To see predators, June to October is the best months. For the best chance of finding the migration, allow a minimum of three days, longer if possible.