The vast and sensational Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the country’s first-established, largest and most famous park.
Situated close to the world-famous 2-million-year-old Palaeolithic site of Ol Duvai, Serengeti Serena Lodge is a hotspot during the annual great migration. The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is a Big Five safari destination all year round with intense game activity when tens of thousands of hoofed animals move in search of fresh grasslands.
During the rainy season (from December to May) great herds of animals gather in the Serengeti region. Generally by the end of May at the onset of the dry season, they migrate north-west to the Masai Mara in search of nutritious grasses there. They return south again, usually at the end of October in anticipation of the Serengeti rains. The million-plus Wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores.
Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the park is also known for its Lion (many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked) and additionally for its wealth of Cheetah, Giraffe, Eland, Impala, Klipspringer, Hippo and Warthog.
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is 335km / 208 miles from Arusha. The majority of visitors arrive by air, using the busy airstrip at the Seronera headquarters (30km / 19 miles from the Lodge). A ‘meet and greet' and transfer service is offered. There are also daily flights to several other airstrips including: Grumeti, Serengeti South and Lobo.
Road access from Arusha is via the Naabi Hill Gate at the south-eastern edge of the park. Naabi Gate is 75km (47 miles) from Seronera. Ndabaki Gate is about 140km (87 miles) northeast of Mwanza along the Mwanza-Musoma road and gives direct access to the Western Corridor. The road from Ndabaka to Seronera is in good condition and should take about 2-3 hours to travel. Petrol points en route from Arusha include Makuyuni, Mto wa Mbu and Karatu. Petrol is also usually available at Ngorongoro Crater Park Village.