Exploring the Wild Heart of Africa: The Serengeti’s Majestic Wildlife

By Claudia Smargiasso | 13 December 2023

The Serengeti, a name that conjures images of vast plains, thundering hooves, and an unparalleled wildlife spectacle, stands as one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations.

This immense ecosystem, which spans northern Tanzania and extends into southwestern Kenya (where it's called the Masai Mara), is a symphony of life where each creature, big and small, plays a crucial role.

Let's explore this incredible wilderness and find out what animals of the Serengeti you're likely to see on a safari with us.

The Great Migration

Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Serengeti is the Great Migration. This annual journey of over 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle, is a testament to the unyielding pulse of life. Observing these herds of animals in the Serengeti traverse the savannah, facing predators, and crossing crocodile-infested rivers is an experience that resonates with the primal rhythm of the wild.

Choosing to stay at our Migration Camps – Olakira and Ubuntu - ensures you the best seat in the house for the Migration. These tented camps move twice a year to follow the herds and ensure that guests are always in the heart of the action.

Predators: The Kings and Queens of the Plains

The Serengeti is also home to a remarkable density of predators. Lion, often seen lounging in the shade or coordinating strategic hunts, reign supreme. Cheetah, the fastest land animals, can be spotted in pursuit of prey, their bodies a blur of speed and agility. Leopard, elusive and solitary, adorn the branches of the trees, surveying their domain with a quiet intensity.

If big cats are big on your list, the remote area surrounding Namiri Plains is a haven for lion, leopard and cheetah.

The Elephant Herds: Gentle Giants of the Grasslands

The docile pachyderms of the Serengeti roam in matriarchal herds. Their deep family bonds and social structures have been the subject of many studies, and watching them interact – whether it’s a tender moment between a mother and calf or the playful jostling of the juveniles – is a heartwarming experience.

The Smaller Species: A World of Diversity

Outside of the larger animals of the Serengeti and more popular safari sightings, the Serengeti’s charm lies also in its smaller inhabitants. From the industrious dung beetle, whose unenvious job is so crucial to the habitability of the plains during Migration season, to the vibrant lilac-breasted rollers, each species adds a unique brushstroke to the Serengeti’s canvas.

Nocturnal bush babies, cunning mongooses, and the regal secretary birds are just some of the many characters that enrich this dynamic ecosystem.

A walking safari is highly recommended to appreciate the finer nuances of this exceptional ecosystem. Getting out on foot is the best way to feel closer to nature.

Coexisting with Communities

We believe in coexisting harmoniously with nature and local communities. The Serengeti is not just a wildlife haven; it's a landscape where human and animal lives intertwine. By travelling with us, you contribute to sustainable tourism practices that support wildlife conservation and empower local communities.


The Serengeti is so much more than just another destination; it's a journey into the heart of the wild. As you plan your next adventure, let us guide you through this extraordinary land, where every game drive, bush walk, and campfire story is a step deeper into the awe-inspiring world of the Serengeti.

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