The Most Famous National Park in the World

The Serengeti is probably the most famous national park in the world. First established in 1956, it is designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site and covers 14,763 square kilometres.

Migrating Wildebeest in the SerengetiThe Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

Aside from the great migration, the Serengeti offers a diverse ecosystem: great herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

Predator Versus Prey

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers.

Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowl the south-eastern plains.

Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

Lions Hunting a Zebra in the SerengetiThere is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite kopjes.

A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500 plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

A Liberating Sense of Space

The liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth.

Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti

After the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers.

The Serengeti is not all vast plains, there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

Imagine witnessing the Serengeti from a hot air balloon…