Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.
Covering 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles), Serengeti is 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the West.
Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza take you to the heart of the action. Alternatively, drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater. For the more adventurous, access the park from the East, through the Rift Valley and Lake Natron and Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.
Apart from the obvious, game viewing, here you can also experience Balloon safaris, Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks. Increasingly, visitors opt for walking safaris accompanied by skilled guides. From here, visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.
Serengeti is a year round destination. To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July is when most of the action takes place in Tanzania, when the herds are moving from Southern Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara Reserve. In September, they turn around and start the journey back. These movements are unpredictable and depend on the rainfall, so there are no hard and fixed dates – which just makes the safari all that more exciting!