Luxury safari Serengeti, Tanzania - private safari package

Game drives at Singita Grumeti bring guests close to an abundance of animals in the Serengeti


Top reasons to choose a Serengeti luxury safari

Arguably the world's greatest wildlife sanctuary

A luxury safari in the Serengeti National Park is a safari in Tanzania's oldest and most famous park and also a declared Tanzania World Heritage Site. The National Park is surrounded by other protected and more exclusive areas where a luxury safari is very rewarding. These include Maswa game reserve, the Grumeti and sections of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Together with the Park, they make up the vast Serengeti Ecosystem - an area defined by the movements of the perpetual Great Migration, where there are no fences or other barriers to hinder the movement of the wildebeest and other wildlife. 

A liberating sense of space

The word 'Serengeti' means 'endless plains' in the Maasai language and for good reason. In places the shimmering golden horizon in the dry season, or the expansive green carpet after the rains, seems to extend to the very ends of the earth. Even though the Serengeti is a very popular East Africa safari destination, it is vast. If you choose an exclusive luxury tented camp or luxury safari lodge in the Serengeti, you may very well be the only human audience at the spectacular wildlife sightings.

The Great Migration

The movement of the herds through the Serengeti is one of the most magnificent wildlife spectacles of our planet. The route and timing of this ancient annual rhythm of wildebeest, zebra and thomson's gazelle are unpredictable, but the huge herds are normally in the Serengeti in Tanzania from December to July. Read more about planning a Great Migration safari in the Serengeti.

Spectacle of predator versus prey

The Serengeti is one of the best luxury safari destinations in Africa to see large predators and the interaction with their prey. These include magnificent lion prides, solitary leopards along the river banks, abundant cheetah on the open plains, scavenging packs of spotted hyena, striped hyena and all three of Africa's jackal species: golden jackal, side-striped jackal and black-backed jackal. Not to mention the huge crocodiles that lie in wait in the rivers. 

Large groups of animals

Even when the herds of the Great Migration have left, large groups of other animals can be seen on a luxury Serengeti safari: thousands of topi, impala, eland, grant's gazelle and kongoni (hartebeest); huge herds of buffalo; impressive family groups of warthog, giraffe and elephant. 

Hot air ballooning

Take off at dawn and see the wildlife on the Serengeti plains from a completely different perspective. Land in a secluded spot for a bush breakfast. Available at select Serengeti luxury safari lodges and tented camps, and weather dependent.

Serengeti birding

More than 500 bird species have been recorded in the Serengeti including quite a number of seasonal migrants and a few Tanzania endemics. Enormous vulture colonies follow the Great Migration and four different vulture species are commonly seen. Ostriches are abundant as are kori bustards, marabou storks and secretary birds. Beautiful colorful birds include the lilac breasted roller, superb starling and Fisher's lovebird.

Our preferred Serengeti luxury accommodation

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Serengeti camps or lodges.

Make a difference in an African community - book a Serengeti luxury safari

Singita is committed to a number of community projects in the areas surrounding its luxury camps and lodges. At Singita in the Serengeti, the Singita Grumeti Environmental Education Centre is helping the rural youth to value and care for the environment. Guests staying at one of the luxury Serengeti safari accommodation options at Singita Grumeti can make arrangements to visit this center and/or to contribute financially to the environmental education by sponsoring a 5-day course for 12 learners and 2 teachers. Other community projects undertaken by Singita Serengeti include training and support of small agricultural businesses, financial support for the 'Right to Play' projects in the Serengeti area, scholarships for local young people to further their education, and providing Serengeti communities with access to clean drinking water.

The Friedkin Conservation Fund community development projects, as supported by Mwiba luxury lodge and Legendary Serengeti Camp, address issues of poverty and pressure on natural resources at community level in the Serengeti. Targeted areas are the provision of safe and reliable drinking water, access to vital health services, the establishment of income-generating projects, and access to formal education and environmental education. Guests staying at Mwiba lodge can arrange to visit one of the local villages.

AndBeyond runs the Mwemwe ranger training school near its Serengeti luxury lodges and camps on the northern Tanzania safari circuit. On completion of their studies, learners are offered employment. Rangers at andBeyond Klein's Camp take groups of Maasai children on game drives to expose them to the wonders of nature and teach them to protect the environment. Guests staying at andBeyond Klein's camp can arrange to visit the local Maasai community.

Support conservation efforts in the Serengeti 

Sanctuary Kusini is a proud supporter of the Serengeti Cheetah Project. The location of this luxury Serengeti safari camp is ideal - right in the path of the seasonal cheetah movement. Guests staying at Sanctuary Kusini camp can participate in dedicated game drives where the aim is to find and photograph individual cheetahs. The photographs are then passed on to the research team. 

Both Legendary Serengeti Camp and Mwiba lodge are partnered with the Friedkin Conservation Fund anti-poaching projects in Maswa game reserve and Mwiba wildlife reserve. These exclusive protected areas bordering the Serengeti National Park are a vital part of the Serengeti Ecosystem. Challenges facing the areas include bush meat and ivory poachers, illegal charcoal production, cattle encroachment and fires.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in the Serengeti

Most of the Serengeti is an excellent all-year safari destination but in certain areas some Serengeti luxury camps and lodges close during the peak rainfall months. If you specifically want to see the Great Migration in the Tanzania Serengeti, careful consideration is necessary. Read more about planning a Great Migration safari in the Serengeti.

The Serengeti has a warm temperate climate year round. Maximum day temperatures range from 26 to 30°C (79 to 86°F) and minimum night temperatures range from 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). June to August are the coolest months, December to February are the hottest months and rainfall peaks in April and May.

Contact us for a personalized African luxury safari itinerary that includes the Serengeti

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. We recommend to combine your luxury Serengeti safari with other luxury lodges and  safari camps in Tanzania or elsewhere in East Africa. On request your luxury Serengeti safari can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in Southern Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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