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If you're spending time in Northern Serengeti, a trip to the Lobo Valley should be at the top of your list. It was this sprawling area that American conservationist Stewart White described as a "paradise" back in 1913. Along with the Seronera Valley, the Lobo Valley is one of the only places in the park where all three big cats – lions, cheetahs and leopards – roam. Giraffes, elephants and baboons are also regulars in the Lobo Valley, and from July through November, millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras come to the area during The Great Migration.

Though a few species stay in the area year-round, Northern Serengeti's animal population typically thins during the wet season, so it's best to visit in the dry season when animals travel north as part of The Great Migration. The Lobo Valley is also a more affordable spot to catch a glimpse of this famous migration, thanks to cheaper rates at area accommodations. 

Getting to the Lobo Valley, which sits at the southeastern edge of Northern Serengeti, will require driving, taking a safari tour or flying into the nearby Lobo airstrip. A few lodges and campsites are available within the area. The region itself is free to visit 24 hours a day, but lacks facilities like public restrooms, gift shops and convenience stores that are commonly found in other parts of the park. Learn more about the Lobo Valley by visiting the Serengeti National Park website.

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#1 The Great Migration 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 ... Read more » roevin / Getty Images

#2 Seronera River Valley (Central Serengeti) Encompassing a sizable portion of Central Serengeti, this vast valley teems with wildlife. The valley's river keeps the vegetation plentiful, supporting herbivores throughout the year. Wildebeest, zebras, elephants, giraffes ... Read more » Anup Shah / Getty Images

#3 Ngorongoro Conservation Area Although it's not technically a part of Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is worth a visit if you're in the area. Flanking the eastern edge of ... Read more » PhotoStock-Israel / Getty Images

#4 Naabi Hill (Eastern Serengeti) Situated in Eastern Serengeti by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Naabi Hill serves as Serengeti National Park's main entrance. After paying your entrance fee (or stopping so your safari guide ... Read more » Thomas Retterath / Getty Images

#5 Lobo Valley (Northern Serengeti) If you're spending time in Northern Serengeti, a trip to the Lobo Valley should be at the top of your list. It was this sprawling area that American conservationist ... Read more » Douglas Klug / Getty Images

#6 Moru Kopjes (Central Serengeti) Situated in Central Serengeti about 32 miles northwest of Naabi Hill, Moru Kopjes is home to Serengeti National Park's only black rhino population. Though the park made strides to ... Read more » ajlber / Getty Images

#7 Grumeti River (Western Corridor) Catching The Great Migration as it crosses the Grumeti River near the Western Corridor's Kirawira region is a must for avid nature lovers, although those with weaker stomachs may ... Read more » Africanway / Getty Images

#8 Retina Hippo Pool (Central Serengeti) You're bound to stumble across hippos at other Serengeti watering holes, but nothing can compare to the spectacle of the Retina Hippo Pool in Central Serengeti. Situated where the ... Read more » Luis Davilla / Getty Images

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