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Serengeti National Park - A view from our expert author


Great Migration Serengeti National Park Tanzania by Ariadne Van ZandbergenThe great wildebeest migration passes through the Serengeti between December and April © Ariadne Van Zandbergen, Africa Image Library

Renowned for its wildebeest migration and plentiful lions, the Serengeti is undoubtedly a strong contender for Africa’s finest game-viewing destination.

The great wildebeest migration passes through the Serengeti between December and April © Ariadne Van Zandbergen, Africa Image Library Tanzania’s oldest, largest and most famous national park, the 14,763km² Serengeti is the centrepiece of a twice-larger ecosystem that also incorporates the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, several smaller Tanzanian wildlife reserves, and the Maasai Mara in neighbouring Kenya. Home to unusually dense populations of lions and other predators, the Serengeti is probably the leading contender for the accolade of Africa’s finest game-viewing destination, renowned above all for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and other ungulates across its vast plains. And while sceptics might fear that such a heavily hyped icon is unlikely to match expectations, our experience over more than a dozen safaris is that the Serengeti seldom disappoints: the variety and volume of its wildlife truly is second to none, as is the liberating sense of space attached to exploring its immense plains.

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