Safari to the Serengeti Central Plains
A vibrant wildlife area, the Central Serengeti offers undeniably the best resident game of any region of the Serengeti National Park. Ideally located, Central Serengeti is a magnet for both excellent game and safari vehicles, so be prepared for high numbers of visitors in certain areas.
Boasting varied landscapes, a Central Serengeti safari consists of wide long grass plains framed by rocky hills, and river courses fringed with yellow barked acacia trees. Here the great Serengeti plains gradually diffuse into gently rolling hills and the change of grassland brings a change in the balance of species.
The main attraction of the Central Serengeti is undoubtedly the beautiful Seronera Valley, a network of perennial rivers that ensure year-round water supplies and supports an abundance of resident herbivores, including impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, hartebeest and giraffe throughout the year. The resident prey attracts the largest populations of predators in Africa and it is not unusual to see all four large predators (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) on a single game drive in the Central Serengeti.
Game viewing is excellent at any time of the year and during May and early June the northbound wildebeest migration pass through, and again in November to early December when they are on their way back south to the short grass plains. Game viewing in Central Serengeti is at its prime during the dry season (June "“ November) when resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. During the wet season there is still plenty of wildlife action to be enjoyed on your central plains Serengeti safari, although most of the migratory animals such as cheetah, Thomson's gazelle and hyena have left for the plains.