March 21, 2023 3 min read

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: A Comprehensive Guide

Discover the magic of Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Located in Tanzania, the Serengeti is home to the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes traverse its vast plains in search of fresh grazing lands. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the best time to visit, the wildlife highlights, and the accommodation options available.

Introduction and Overview of Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park spans over 14,750 square kilometers (5,700 square miles) and is renowned for its diverse landscapes, ranging from vast grasslands to dense forests, and the abundance of African wildlife. The park is home to the "Big Five" (African elephant, African buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhinoceros), alongside numerous other species, making it a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Best Time to Visit: Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Month

January - February

  • Advantages: Calving season for wildebeest, high predator activity, lush green scenery, and excellent birdwatching
  • Disadvantages: Peak season with higher visitor numbers, increased humidity, and occasional heavy rainfall

March - May

  • Advantages: Lower visitor numbers, lower rates at lodges and camps, and vibrant landscapes after rains
  • Disadvantages: Heavy rainfall, muddy roads, and lower visibility due to tall grass

June - September

  • Advantages: Peak of the Great Migration, dry season with cooler temperatures, excellent wildlife viewing, and lower risk of malaria
  • Disadvantages: Peak season with higher visitor numbers and higher rates at lodges and camps

October - December

  • Advantages: Lower visitor numbers, lower rates at lodges and camps, and pleasant temperatures
  • Disadvantages: Short rain season, unpredictable weather, and the Great Migration may be harder to witness

Wildlife Highlights and Key Attractions

Great Migration

The most spectacular event in Serengeti National Park is the annual Great Migration. Over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes embark on a 1,200-mile journey in search of fresh grazing lands. Witnessing the herds crossing rivers and plains, with predators lurking nearby, is an unforgettable experience.

The Big Five

Serengeti is home to Africa's iconic Big Five, making it a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The park offers excellent opportunities to spot lions, leopards, elephants, African buffalo, and rhinoceros in their natural habitat.


With over 500 bird species inhabiting the park, Serengeti is a haven for birdwatchers. Species such as the lilac-breasted roller, Fischer's lovebird, and Kori bustard can be spotted throughout the park.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Serengeti from a hot air balloon. Soaring above the plains at sunrise offers a unique perspective and unforgettable views of the park and its wildlife.

Accommodation Options and Safari Packages

Serengeti National Park offers a wide range of accommodation options to cater to various budgets and preferences:

Luxury Lodges

Dusty Boots Travel - Tanzania Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge Room Suite bathroom

These upscale lodges provide a luxurious and comfortable stay, complete with fine dining, spa services, and high-end amenities.

Tented Camps

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Tented camps offer an authentic safari experience while still providing modern comforts such as en-suite bathrooms and comfortable beds.

Mobile Camps

These seasonal camps follow the migration patterns of the wildlife, ensuring guests have the best opportunities to witness the Great Migration up close.

When it comes to safari packages, there are various options to choose from:

  1. Private Guided Safaris: Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide who will tailor the safari to your interests and preferences.
  2. Group Safaris: Join a group of like-minded travelers and explore the Serengeti together, providing a more cost-effective option.
  3. Fly-In Safaris: Save travel time and access remote areas of the park by flying directly to airstrips near your chosen accommodation.


Serengeti National Park is a world-class destination that offers a truly remarkable and unforgettable safari experience. With its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and a range of accommodation options, there is something for every traveler to enjoy. We hope this comprehensive guide has provided valuable insights to help you plan your dream safari to the Serengeti. Stay tuned for our next destination guide: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya: A Comprehensive Guide.

Contact Dusty Boots Travel via emailInstagram or Facebook today to start planning your dream safari holiday.

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