Naabi Hill (Eastern Serengeti)#4 in Best Things To Do in Serengeti National Park
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 can fill out paperwork), you can stretch your legs on Naabi Hill's walking trail, which offers some of the best views of the Serengeti. This acacia-covered hill also acts as the home base for a pride of lions and welcomes millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles during their annual Great Migration to Eastern Serengeti to breed and find food.
Recent visitors enjoyed climbing Naabi Hill to take in stunning Serengeti vistas. If you want to spot a variety of wildlife, visit between December and June when The Great Migration's animals roam the area. You'll also find some of Serengeti National Park's best facilities – like restrooms, a gift shop and a convenience store – in this part of the park. However, some travelers caution that this entrance point is crowded and that you'll face long wait times to pay admissions fees.
To get to Naabi Hill, visitors can drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area along B144, fly into Seronera's airstrip and drive 29 miles southeast, or travel by safari tour to the region. A free parking lot is offered by Naabi Hill's gate, which is open daily between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Once Serengeti National Park admissions are paid, no visiting hour restrictions or additional fees apply to explore Naabi Hill and other parts of the park. No campsites sit nearby, but travelers will find Sametu Camp, Eastern Serengeti's only campsite, approximately 25 miles away. If you decide to stay at Sametu Camp, plan on stocking up on food and beverages at Naabi Hill's convenience store before heading to the campsite. Additional information about Naabi Hill and other areas in the Serengeti is available on Serengeti National Park's official 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 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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