Rob visits The Serengeti, March 2014
With an area of some 14,000 sq. km, The Serengeti is one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Lying in north-west of the country between the Ngorongoro highlands and Lake Victoria, the Serengeti ecosystem includes the National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, Loliondo Game Controlled Area, and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, together forming one of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystems on earth. This is the home to the famous wildebeest migration, the movement of some 2 million wildebeest, 500 000 Thompson gazelles and 250 000 zebra.
The landscape was originally formed by volcanic activity in the Ngorongoro highlands and it varies from the open short grass plains in the south, to savannah and scattered acacia woodlands in the centre, to extensive woodland and black clay plains in the west and hilly wooded grassland in the north. Most of the permanent water is found towards the northern and western areas, the lack of permanent water and food in the south being the main reason for the annual migration.
We’ll always take the migration into account when designing your itinerary, though the migration is, by its nature, very unpredictable and each year a different schedule is followed, depending on the timings and locality of rainfall. However, it is also worth mentioning that a Serengeti safari does not have to be entirely based around only the migration. Even without the great herds, certain regions (mainly central, western and northern) offer excellent game-viewing all year round, and can offer a much more exclusive game-viewing experience outside of the migration period. As highlighted above, a few days in Loliondo is always well worth considering in combination with a few days inside the park.