Spans 30,000 square kilometres
Around 70 mammal species
Approx. 500 species of bird
Home to the Wildebeest Migration
The Serengeti is probably the most well-known of Tanzania's National Parks, and is said to have inspired 'The Lion King' animated movie.
Serengeti comes from the Maasai language and means 'endless plain'. It's easy to understand why, as the park extends from northern Tanzania into Southwest Kenya. The mixture of grassland and woodland habitats that make up the park attract a wide variety of wildlife, and the park is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the world.
The park is probably most famous for the annual migration, the largest mammal migration in the world. Every year 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras among other herbivores move through the park in search of permanent water sources. The migration is in continual stages throughout the year, with the herds giving birth in the south around January, and by August are crossing the river in the north, although this can be variable depending on the climate conditions at the time. As the herds migrate, predators follow, making the park a great place to see large carnivores. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are more easily seen in this park than others.