Animals & wildlife in Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo
, smaller groups of elephant
, and thousands upon thousands of eland
and Grant's gazelle
are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lions
are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetahs
are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopards
can often be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some six million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,000,000 wildebeest
, 200,000 zebra
and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle
join the trek for fresh grazing.
Best time for wildlife viewing
The Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are the best months for seeing the migration and February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months from June to October offer the best general game viewing.