Embarking on Serengeti National Park safaris: here’s what to expect

January 31, 2024
Serengeti safaris

As our world’s wild spaces face continued pressures, few places offer an experience as inspiring, elevated and truly wild as a safari in Serengeti National Park. Nestled in the heart of East Africa, this pristine wilderness is a sanctuary for explorers of all ages seeking a harmonious blend of luxury, adventure and untamed nature. 

A journey into the Serengeti promises not only an encounter with its abundant iconic wildlife but also an immersion into the always seamless, rarefied and responsible world of ROAR AFRICA ultra-luxe safaris in the beating heart of the wild. Join us as we embark on this singular adventure and learn how a Serengeti National Park safari can leave forever changed for the better. 

The Allure of the “Endless Plains” 

The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word ‘siringet’ which translates to “the place where land runs on forever.” Though the Global Alliance of National Parks shares that it is affectionately known as the “endless plains.”  

The name is fitting. Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania and covers an area of 5,700 square miles. The park is renowned for its diverse wildlife viewing and successful conservation initiatives. Along with awe-inspiring encounters with the Big 5, this premier safari destination is perhaps most well-known for the Great Migration - an annual natural phenomenon involving the herd migration of over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

Elephants in Serengeti

On a Serengeti National Park safari, you will revel in the stillness and beauty of sweeping grassland plains and expansive savannah. You’ll view teeming herds of unforgettable wildlife on a classic game drive or experience the exhilaration of Tanzania’s endless plains from high above in a helicopter or hot air balloon. As the sun paints the plains in hues of gold and amber, you will find yourself in ROAR AFRICA’s hand-picked luxury tented camps and lavish lodges, where each night’s rest is deeply restorative and where wildlife roam free just beyond your door. 

Discover more about what makes Serengeti National Park a premier safari destination for every age. 

Best safari lodges in the Serengeti 

After a thrilling game drive on the Serengeti plains or an excursion to Ngorongoro crater, you require a place to relax and recharge. Discover our thoughtful selection of spectacular safari lodges in the Serengeti, each designed to cater to your every want and need while ensuring that you remain seamlessly connected to the wild surroundings, to your loved ones and to yourself. 

From thoughtfully luxurious lodges to private villas and old-world tented camps, here, you can find the safari experience of your dreams. 

Delightful cuisine 

After a fly-in safari on a small aircraft to begin your life-changing adventure in the Serengeti, you are sure to be hungry. Dining on safari forms such a core part of the experience – sharing stories with family and new and old friends around the table is a joy. The cuisine itself can be whatever you want it to be, from languid gourmet dinners to casual, farm-to-table suppers.  

Typically, lunches are a leisurely affair, often enjoyed in the shade of acacia trees, while dinners are celebrations of taste, ambiance and lively recountings of the day’s adventures. Whether served under the star-studded African sky or in the intimate setting of your safari lodge, dinner offers a diverse menu that showcases both international dishes and authentic African fare. 

Giraffe and zebra in the Serengeti

Abundant Wildlife 

A Serengeti National Park safari offers unmatched wildlife viewing. Big cats, including lions and leopards, roam the sweeping plains of the Central Serengeti, stalking their prey. Herds of elephants and elegant giraffes make their way through the woodlands of the Northern Serengeti.  

The many river crossings mean there is ample opportunity to view crocodiles and hippos in their natural habitat. 

Great Migration 

Many consider the best time for a Serengeti safari to be during the Great Migration. During the end of the rainy season (usually in May or June), more than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in an enormous loop through the National Park. 

Wildebeest Migration

Thrilling experiences 

The sweeping landscape of the Serengeti is often best viewed from above. A hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti is a breathtaking way to see the National Park and the millions of animals that call it home.  

Explore more Serengeti National Park safari experiences and learn more about what to expect from a luxury African safari from The Ultimate Guide to Luxury African Safaris


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