The Serengeti National Park is the heart and soul of Tanzania and the quintessential Tanzanian safari experience. This 30,000 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site borders Kenya’s Maasai Mara to its north, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to its south, and is the site of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. Every year from July through October, over two million animals migrate throughout the Serengeti and the Mara in one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World.”

Due to the size of the reserve, it is important to plan which area of the Serengeti you will stay in during any given time of the year if you want to experience the migration. As a rule of thumb, from December to March we recommend staying in the South-Central Serengeti, May to mid-July in the Western Corridor/Grumeti, and mid-July through November in the Northern Serengeti and Mara River areas. The Central Serengeti has consistently good game viewing year round, but the north can be a little animal-scarce once the migration has moved on. Each of these areas offers different landscapes: the Northern Serengeti is mountainous, the central areas are mixed grass and woodlands, and south is sprawling plains.

Accommodation in the Serengeti ranges from luxury to basic so you can choose from lodges, canvas tents, and mobile camping. Mobile Camps relocate a few times per year following the migration, so you always have a front seat for the action. Our favorite properties are and Serian South in the South Central Serengeti, Singita Grumeti in the west, Singita Mara River andLamai in the north, and Serian Serengeti and Nomads Serengeti Safari Camp for mobile camps.

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Marcia Gordon