Time to play The Circle of Life on repeat...

From the Lion King to Toto's "Africa" to countless episodes of Planet Earth, there's a reason the Serengeti draws so much attention – it's one of the most epic destinations in the world. Here, you can set out across the endless grasslands on an unforgettable safari to spot the sought-after Big Five and other iconic African greats like giraffes, cheetahs and hippos. If you're lucky, you could witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world as wildebeest and zebras thunder across the plains during the Great Migration, and you'll truly connect with nature when you camp in the park with no boundaries between you and the wildlife. Plus, after sitting in her shadow on your game drives, you might even be inspired enough to embark on a Kilimanjaro trek.

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Serengeti safari highlights

A glowing orange sunset over grasslands dotted with umbrella trees in the Serengeti

Marvel at never-ending plains

The wide-open plains of the Serengeti are one of the most recognizable African landscapes. Think endless grasslands dotted with umbrella trees and set beneath a backdrop of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. The name Serengeti is thought to have come from the Maasai word "siringit", which means the place where the land moves on forever. It's impossible to get it...until you do. Watching the sun set over grasslands that appear to stretch to the edges of the earth is an experience you won't soon forget.

An adult elephant and two babies cross the plains of the Serengeti

Wave ''hi'' to the Big Five

Serengeti National Park is renowned for its wildlife, and clocking in at over 5,500 sq. miles, there are plenty of predators in residence. From the safety of your vehicle, keep your eyes peeled for Africa's iconic Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo. Some animals, like the endangered black rhino, can be elusive, and many are active at different times of day, so both early morning and late afternoon game drives are on the itinerary, giving you the best chance of spotting as many species as possible.

Zebra and wildebeest kick up dust as they thunder across the plains

Witness the Great Migration

The Great Migration is one of the world's most spectacular displays of wildlife. Between April and May, over two million wildebeest, plus herds of zebras and antelope, travel across the Serengeti in search of water and greener pastures as the dry season sets in. The animals thunder across the panoramic plains and through rivers — an impressive sight you won't witness elsewhere in Africa.

A welcome sign one of the entrances of Serengeti National Park is adorned with an animal skull

Be a good neighbor

Many of the campsites within the Serengeti are fenceless, meaning you'll have no separation between yourself and the animals. After sundown, you may experience buffalo and hyenas sniffing curiously around your tent, which is quite the experience. Don't worry, though; our experienced local leaders will give a detailed safety briefing, and you'll come to enjoy falling asleep to the ambient sounds of your wildlife neighbors.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

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    The Serengeti is located in Tanzania and has fairly consistent, moderate temperatures year-round, with cool mornings and evenings and not-too-hot days, making for a fantastic year-round safari destination. While there are technically two rainy seasons, the “short rains” from November to December and the “long rains” from March to May, rains usually consist of a once-daily thunderstorm, and rarely a total washout.

    Read more about the best time to go on safari.

    We can’t guarantee you’ll spot the Big 5, but you’d have to be seriously unlucky to see no animals at all. On our safaris, you’ll explore some of the best game parks and national reserves in the world. These protected areas are filled with a huge variety of species and your expert driver and local leader will be on hand to point you in the right direction (literally).

    The “Big 5” used to refer to the five big game animals that were the most difficult to hunt. Now that most shooting is done on a camera, the Big 5 are the most exciting animals to spot while on safari: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.

    Loose, light layers in neutral colors are the best attire for a safari (dark colors will get hot in the sun and can attract the Tsetse fly). You’ll also want a sun hat, some good walking shoes, a camera, sunscreen and bug spray. For more details, check out our ultimate Africa packing guide

    It depends on the trip style you've chosen. On our Basix trips, you’ll have a cook traveling with you who'll whip up a variety of local and Western-style dishes. Along your route, your cook will stop to purchase fresh, locally sourced food for your meals. You can expect a variety of things for breakfast like fruit, eggs, toast and cereal; lunch is often sandwiches and salads; and dinner is usually a hearty meal like pasta, curry or a BBQ.

    On our Original and Comfort trips there'll be more meals at camps and lodges along the way. One thing's for sure: you definitely won't be going hungry on safari!

    Most of the permanent tented camps will have private bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers with warm water.

    Many of the campsites we stay at have communal facilities with flushing toilets and showers with warm water. However, in some of the more remote areas, there may only be basic facilities (toilets and cold running water).

    Some of our hotels and campsites will have Wi-Fi, however, internet and phone access may be limited in more remote areas. But you won’t think twice about emails and social media when you’re watching a pride of lions prowl through long grass or enjoying a drink around the campfire with your group.

    We are committed to making travel accessible to everyone, so we will work with you to assess whether you will be able to complete an existing itinerary, or whether we will be able to make reasonable adjustments to meet your needs before you book. Please see our accessible travel page for more information. 

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