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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Official website
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Courtesy of Africa Dream Safaris
  • Type: Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 5.0 (5.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The primary reason to visit Serengeti National Park is the Migration. Every year, more than one million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson's gazelle, and a variety of other animals traverse Serengeti. As the winter months drag on, the herd makes its way from its breeding grounds in Southern Serengeti up through the Western Corridor to the lush fields of the Lobo Valley and into Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. After several months of grazing in greener pastures, the hoofed menagerie turns around and heads home.

There are a few viewing hot spots: If you're visiting in the winter, head to the southern plains where the animals are gearing up for the start of their trip. In the spring and summer, set up camp in Central Serengeti or near the banks of the Grumeti River in the Western Corridor. This water source is almost always filled with crocodiles, just waiting to snag themselves an easy meal. In late summer and early fall, head north to find the wildebeest and zebra alongside elephants and giraffes.

While tracking the Migration is not a science, most safari operators will have a general idea of where the animals are at any given time. Just make sure your guide knows that you want to see the herd so that the itinerary can be changed accordingly. To learn more about the Migration, visit Serengeti's official website.

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