The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park and was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, buffalos, leopards. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators and bird species is also impressive.
The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps.
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.