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Serengeti National Park

- Animals & Wildlife Serengeti Safaris
Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
Elephant
Common
Giraffe
Common
Hippo
Common
Buffalo
Common
Zebra
Abundant
Wildebeest
Abundant
Black Rhino
Very Rare
Lion
Common
Leopard
Occasional
Cheetah
Common
Hyena
Common

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Animals & Wildlife in Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion are everywhere and are often found on a kill. Cheetah are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
Wildlife highlights
The Serengeti is famed for its annual wildebeest migration, when some 8 million hooves cross the open plains, as more than 1,500,000 wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the trek for fresh grazing. Predators follow the migration and sightings of big cats hunting is particularly exciting. Spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal are never far off either.
Best time for wildlife viewing
The Serengeti offers amazing wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are the best months for seeing the migration and a possible crossing of the Grumeti River. The more famous river crossings of the Mara River can be witnessed around September in the north of the park. February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months from June to October offer the best general wildlife viewing.
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