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01 January 0001

The Serengeti Aug to Sept

The Serengeti is the mother of all safari parks. This jewel in Tanzania’s crown is the most famous game-viewing park in Africa. Stomping ground of the 2 million strong wildebeest Great Migration and home to the highest concentration of predators in Africa, the Serengeti National Park is one of those rare places that exceeds your imagination. 

The Serengeti is the Africa that we all have in our minds – endless grass plains stretching as far as the horizon, punctuated only by the odd flat-topped acacia tree. The concentration of game here is truly phenomenal. This is Big Five game viewing territory, in an authentic environment with no fences and little interruption from man – the huge herds following ancient migration routes embedded in their genes. 

However, the Serengeti is far more than just a Great Migration park. There is a very good argument that, even if you took the great herds out of the Serengeti, you would still have the finest safari park in Africa. The Serengeti’s immense natural beauty has its drawbacks, with certain times of year and certain areas being honey-pots for tourist attention. However, when one part is busy, another is quiet – there is always a part of the Serengeti you can make your own. 

Where to stay?

Your budget lets you cherry pick from the best. I’ll suggest a couple of different styles of accommodation – the mobile camps that the Serengeti is so famous for, and the best of the permanent lodges (with swimming pools etc). 

Alex Walker’s Serian Serengeti is the first company to look at. Alex is one of Africa’s most famous guides and his camps Serian Lamai and Serian Serengeti North are nothing short of exceptional. With a team of guides regarded as some of the best in Africa, the big difference here from most camps is the fact that Alex also offers private vehicles as standard throughout his camps. His camps also have some of the best ‘authentic’ food in the country. Alex often hosts in camp (usually Lamai), a rarity in itself. His team have won a number of industry awards. If an adventure is what you are looking for then look no further. 

Lamai Serengeti is one of the best permanent lodges in the Serengeti. This is Nomad’s flagship Serengeti property and one of Africa’s most famous lodges. Located on the highest kopje in the northern part of the park Lamai’s views across the Serengeti are nothing short of exceptional. It’s a big favourite in the office; a place many YZ staff have chosen for their own holidays. 

The final lodge I’d suggest you consider is Singita’s Mara River. Located on a sweeping bend of the river itself, the camp is designed in a lightweight style but is incredibly high quality – a genuinely 5* luxury camp. This is a property that guarantees some of the best food and service of anywhere in the country. Run by Africa’s most luxurious safari brand – Singita – Mara River has high prices but delivers a genuinely a top quality safari experience.