Common Wildlife

Elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles, giraffes, topis, elands, hippos, over 500 bird species, and multiple other reptiles.

Park Size

Driving Distance

6 hours from Tarangire National Park, 2 hours from Ngorongoro Crater, 4 hours from Arusha

Northern Serengeti
What to Know

Northern Serengeti


Northern Serengeti Highlights

The Northern Serengeti is an excellent location to catch a glimpse of The Great Migration from Late June to July, and again in September and October.

A Day in the Northern Serengeti

After breakfast at 8:00 AM, look forward to a bright and early departure with packed picnic lunches and a serene drive out to the Northern Serengeti (known as Kogatende by locals). One of the Earth’s most spectacular wildlife events, The Great Migration, takes place here in the heart of Eastern Africa. The journey culminates at Kogatende's Mara River crossing, when approximately 1.5 million wildebeests, 500,000 zebras, Thomson gazelles, Grants gazelles, and elands fight off predators to pass through their territory. The Northern Serengeti landscape consists of a vast pristine area of wooded rolling hills interspersed with open grassy clearings and large granite outcrops. Three days in this area should provide plenty of time to explore the entire circuit and see all major yearly wildlife events.

What to Do

Sights & Activities for Your trip

AM/PM Wildlife Game Drives

When you're riding in one of our custom-built safari vehicles with a professional driver and guide, you will feel like a real adventurer. Search for wildlife and explore the African wilderness from the comfort of your seat.

Sundowner Parties

The tradition of enjoying a drink in the African bush whilst watching the sun go down dates back to some of the earliest safaris in the 1920s. Sit back, watch the gorgeous sunset, and enjoy provided refreshments while relaxing in the great outdoors.

Mara River Wildebeest Crossing

The Mara River, which flows through the Northern Serengeti before entering Lake Victoria in the West, is without a doubt, the centerpiece of the Kogatende region of the Serengeti. This area explodes with activity during The Great Migration, when thousands upon thousands of wildebeests and zebras battle oppressive currents and Nile crocodiles to reach the opposite side of the Mara River. This event is best observed from late July until early September.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

To add a little romance to your African safari, take to the skies and experience a hot air balloon ride over the vast open plains of the African countryside.

Where to Stay

Our Lodging Recommendations

We recommended these lodging options for Northern Serengeti. More lodging options are available, and you're welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.

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