Bologonja Springs (Northern Serengeti)

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Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Serengeti near the border of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the verdant Bologonja Springs attracts hundreds of animals with refreshing waters and verdant canopies. The Bologonja River's headwaters are almost always devoid of tourists, meaning you'll have a superb view of the region's monkeys that occupy the leafy surroundings in solitude. The springs also draw larger mammals like elephants and giraffes, as well as a variety of birds and antelope species like the mountain reedbuck and steenbok.

For the best wildlife watching, head a couple miles downstream to the Larelemangi salt lick, which earned its name from the salty deposits that hoofed-animals love to lick. Juxtaposing the springs' jungle-like atmosphere, this open swamp provides an unobstructed view of the animals that spend their time dueling and rolling in the mud.

You'll find the Bologonja Springs several miles northwest of the Lobo Valley in Northern Serengeti. You can access the spring by following route B144 north from the Lobo airstrip. The best time to visit this region (when The Great Migration is present) is between July and November. A few camps and lodges are available in the area, as well as a gas station. Additional facilities like restrooms and convenience stores are offered south of Bologonja Springs in the Seronera River Valley. Visit Serengeti National Park's website to learn more about Bologonja Springs and Northern Serengeti.

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The primary reason to visit Serengeti National Park is to witness The Great Migration. Considered one of the world's largest animal migrations, The Great Migration involves more than one million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and a variety of other animals traversing the Serengeti annually in search of food and breeding grounds. From December to June (the Serengeti's wet season), the animals head south to Naabi Hill and Southern Serengeti. As temperatures rise and the dry season sets in, the herd travels through the Seronera River Valley and the Western Corridor before crossing the Grumeti River and moving north to the Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs. After several months of grazing in greener pastures, the hoofed menagerie turns around and starts the process over again.

Keep in mind the animals' whereabouts when booking Serengeti accommodations. If you're visiting in the winter, stay in the southern plains, and between July and November, set up camp in Central Serengeti, the Western Corridor or Northern Serengeti.

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