The famed Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s most valued treasure, its oldest and most popular national park. Home to the white bearded wildebeest, this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Seventh Wonder of the World spreads out into Kenya where it is more commonly known as the Masai Mara. Located here, in the Serengeti National Park is the world’s oldest ecosystem, a sanctuary of over 1.5 million hoofed animals, the highest concentration of large mammals, and more than 2,500 lions. Experience all of this with a luxury Serengeti safari from Ker & Downey.
Every year, the Serengeti National Park plays host to one of the most life-changing spectacles in the world: the Great Migration. During this time, millions of wildebeests, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle pound their way across the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in search of greener pastures, following an instinctual ancient rhythm of survival and conquest. This is a sight that easily tops the bucket lists of many travelers and never seems to disappoint. Another can’t-miss of the Serengeti National Park is Calving Season, when approximately 8,000 young wildebeests are born every single day in the January and February months. There is truly nothing that compares to seeing a baby wildebeest take off running just minutes after being born. It also happens to be when the highest concentrations of lion, leopards, hyena, and cheetah show up to patrol the grasses for their next kill. Don’t be fooled though. An easy kill is not always guaranteed, especially given the female wildebeest’s instincts to barricade their young from approaching predators.
Bordering the plains of the Serengeti National Park are various pockets of secluded reserves and wildlife stretches. Among Ker & Downey’s favorites are the Grumeti Reserve, where 340,000 acres of land is known to stretch on forever, and the 126,000 acre Mwiba Wildlife Reserve with its freshwater springs and painted caves. The 98,000 acres of untouched wilderness in the Lamai Triangle is also famed for its excellent year-round resident game, while the isolated Soit Le Motonyi in the east is still so new to visitors it remains one of the few truly wild and untouched places left in the park. Closed to tourism for almost two decades to protect its fragile cheetah breeding grounds, this region might now be the best place in the Serengeti to see big cats undisturbed in their natural habitat. Popular as the Serengeti might be, Ker & Downey continues to find corners within its vastness that allow for peace and quiet as you explore the wildlife at your own pace, from Lake Masak to the Hidden Valley and Moru Kopjes to Lobo in the north. Book your Serengeti National Park safari today!