Wildlife in the Serengeti

One of the greatest wilderness areas in the world, the Serengeti supports a magnificent diversity and abundance of animals, from the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino (although these are rarely spotted) – to giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, topi and eland.

cheetah in the serengeti big cats Credit: Kusini Camp

The Serengeti is famous for its predators: you can expect excellent lion and cheetah sightings (and exciting lion kills), and leopards are also regularly spotted. Other predators include serval cats, golden and black-backed jackal, African wild dog and spotted hyenas.

The Great Migration is the stellar highlight of the Serengeti’s wildlife: an annual circular movement of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle northwards into the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and back into the plains of Serengeti. This mass movement of animals is accompanied by predators picking off their kills, while the dangerous crossings of the mighty Mara River make for dramatic scenes of struggle and survival as animals battle strong currents and attacks by huge Nile crocodiles.

fishers love birds serengeti Credit: Camp Zebra

For birders, there are more than 500 species in the park, including a few Tanzanian endemic species, such as Fischer’s lovebird, grey-breasted spurfowl and rufous-tailed weaver. Other birding highlights include kori bustard, secretary bird, usambiro barbet, yellow-throated sandgrouse, grey-crested helmet shrike, and Hildebrant’s starling.


Our Recommended Itinerary

The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

day 1

Arusha, your arrival
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
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  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

day 2

Lake Manyara full day game viewing in the Southern
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

day 3

Make sure your ready for a walk

day 4

Get into your stride

day 5

Last chance to explore the crater

day 6

You will not get closer to Africa than this

day 7

First walk in the Serengeti
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  • The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)
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day 8

day 9

Serengeti Full Day

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Popular Serengeti National Park Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | July Wildebeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

July Wildbeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park...

 | Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days)

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days)

With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!...

 | 2020 Tanzania August to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

2020 Tanzania August to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!...

 | HerdTracker August to October 2020 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

HerdTracker August to October 2020 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe....

 | Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined (11 days)

Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings...

 | Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days)

Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days)

Travel is so much better with friends. Experience the best parts of Tanzania through breath-taking landscapes, nature and wildlife at its best...

 | Late January to end March 2020 Calving Season (Value-for-money)

Late January to end March 2020 Calving Season (Value-for-money)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region...

Horse Riding to Picnic | Tanzania Classic SkySafari (8 days)

Tanzania Classic SkySafari (8 days)

The ultimate African adventure...

Game viewing | Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater...

 | Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days)

Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days)

We're offering our guests the chance to explore two world-famous destinations in under a week ...



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