- Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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.