Animals & Wildlife in Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is arguably Tanzania's best park. Great herds of buffalo
, smaller groups of elephant
, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland
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.
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
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.