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01 January 0001

The Serengeti January to March

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 honeypots 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?

The movement of the Great Migration should be the focus of a visitors stay in the Serengeti. The location changes throughout the year but the general rule is the southern plains from December through to March, the central and western plains from April through to June (and again when they herds move south in October, November) and finally the northern plains and the Mara River from July to October. Here I will only talk about the calving season, from December to March/April. 

Mobile camps, luxury lodges and adventure campsites are spread across the entire park. We’ve always believed that focusing on the location of the herds should be the focus for a one stop stay in the Serengeti, but we often encourage clients to combine two areas of the park to either maximise chances of the largest herds or to make the most of quieter non migration areas that are still thick with game. 

To give you an idea of the range of properties we work with we split our camps and lodges into three approximate price brackets. Value, Classic and Luxury. As a very rough guide, and focusing on peak season including vehicles and park fees etc but excluding long stay deals, Value camps are approximately $500 per person per night (pppn), Classic are $700pppn and Luxury are $1,000ppn and over. This is based on an all inclusive rate for the majority of these properties. 

Over the next few pages I'll discuss the best properties in the region and our view on where to stay at the different price brackets. 

I'd like to stress however that if you do find a property that's not mentioned then please get in touch with our specialists and discuss why we have not included it. The reality is the region has a huge range of options, some are much better than others! This is simply supposed to be a discussion of the very best at each price bracket.