The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s parks and undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The word Serengeti in KiMaa language means “endless plains”.
The Serengeti straddles the equator and is home to a plethora of mammalian species. The subject of countless wildlife documentaries, the Serengeti truly is spectacular. Each year 1.3 million wildebeest snake their way across the plains following the promise of rain. Accompanied by zebra, they form lengthy columns which can stretch from horizon to another. Because of the vast herds of migrant herbivores there is a healthy population of predators; countless predators including lion, cheetah and leopard. The greatest concentration of wildlife on our planet…
The wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of a large-scale phenomenon – the annual migration. Each season has a unique spectacle; January through to March is the typical calving season of the wildebeest and zebra in the mineral rich Southern plains of the Serengeti. Once the calves are strong enough the herds resume their migratory pattern and head north. Around about June/ July they begin the river crossings into Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of greener pastures. Come November/ December and the grass has been exhausted they head back south in anticipation of the next seasonal flush of green grazing brought on by the rains.
I prefer traditional mobile camping in these areas in the form of tented camps. This is an intimate way to experience nature; away from the maddening crowds one is able to experience a sense of privacy. No matter what season – there is always something to see in this eco-system, we will ensure that the camp is best placed to follow the herds of migratory animals and associated predators whilst avoiding the congested and often ill informed masses.