Seronera River Valley (Central Serengeti)

#2 in Best Things To Do in Serengeti National Park
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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, gazelles and many other species can be spotted here on any given day. The large amount of prey also draws the highest population of predators. The golden grassland rustles with the movement of roaming lions, cheetahs and hyenas. This is also one of the best places to find the park's elusive leopards.

Because of the area's prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, the Seronera River Valley also contains many of the park's permanent lodges. While that's good for those who prefer their excursions with a side of luxury, it's also a drawback for travelers who'd rather watch the animals without the company of other tourists.

You can reach the Seronera River Valley, which sits less than 15 miles south of the Retina Hippo Pool, from Arusha by plane via the Seronera airstrip or by driving through Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Naabi Hill's gate in Eastern Serengeti. Seronera River Valley is free to visit 24 hours a day, and features several campsites and lodges, restrooms and a convenience store. Visit Serengeti National Park's website for more information aobut the Seronera River Valley.

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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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