The Central Serengeti is located in Tanzania’s heartland and includes the world-famous Seronera Valley, which is noted for its excellent animal viewing opportunities. Endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed with rocky outcrops of granite, dotted with acacia woodlands, and covered by a network of rivers and streams, characterize this picture-perfect Serengeti region. The Central Serengeti is home to a diverse range of wildlife making it best place of Serengeti to go for Tanzania wildlife safaris.

Seronera is one of the Central Serengeti’s many world-famous attractions. Elephant, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, topi, reedbuck, buffalo, and baboon are among the Serengeti’s native animals. This local prey attracts Africa’s largest densities of major predators (lion, hyena, leopard, and cheetah) as well as a slew of smaller predators (mongoose, jackal, serval, and bat-eared fox).

About central Serengeti (seronera)

A stay or visit to the Seronera area, located in the Serengeti National Park’s center, necessitates some compromise. During the rainy season, from December to April, the area southeast of Seronera becomes a hotspot for animal viewing, as large herds of wildebeest congregate here. Seronera is also known as the world’s predator capital, with leopard, cheetah, and lion sightings nearly assured. Between March and May, when the wildebeest and their herds are in this area, there is plenty of tourist activities/ things to do and to see.

The Central Serengeti
The Central Serengeti

It’s also a wonderful place to visit because it has a diversity of habitats and water is available all year. The central Serengeti (seronera) is perhaps the best region of Serengeti for safari tours due to different factors such as, plentiful animals, easy accessibility, larger accommodations options, and numerous services. It’s vital to keep in mind that some portions of this area see a lot of visitors and become busier especially during the tourist peak season. When it comes to big cat sightings, the area may see a significant influx of safari vehicles. You may spot a lone lion while being surrounded by a pack of 20 safari cars in bad weather conditions.

Wildlife viewing in central Serengeti and near seronera

The Seronera River is where most safari game drives take place, and for good reason: lion sightings are common, and the riverside is home to one of the world’s densest populations of leopards. There are too few big trees for these elusive beasts to be well hidden, so the sausage trees and umbrella thorns are among the best spots in Africa to look for leopards. In recent years, several lion prides in the area have been sighted in the trees on a regular basis, especially during the rainy seasons.

Lion sightings are also common in the kopjes near Seronera. The Moru Koppies, in particular, offer excellent lion and cheetah sightings. Around 25 black rhinos live in the area, descendants of a herd of seven that crossed across from Ngorongoro. Cheetah sightings are common in the huge grasslands south of the Seronera River, known as the Serengeti Plains. The plains going southeast from Seronera, consisting of broad grassland interspersed with various clusters of koppies, form an ecological continuum with the Ndutu and Ngorongoro Crater Area. The plains west of the Seronera River, ascending towards the Kamuyo Hills, are suitable for spotted hyenas, cheetahs, and elephants.

 The small, saline Lake Magadi is fed by the Mbalageti River about northeast of Moru Koppies and supports vast numbers of aquatic species, including hundreds of flamingos when the water level is sufficient. Up to 100 hippopotamuses live in the Retina Hippo Pool, which is located 15 kilometers north of the park headquarters near the confluence of the Seronera and Grumeti rivers.

Things to do in central Serengeti/Activities

Game drives (morning game drive, late afternoon game drive and night game drives), cultural excursions, horseback riding safaris, walking safaris, and hot air balloon safaris over the wonderfully picturesque countryside are all popular pastimes to enjoy your wildlife safari tour in this part of Serengeti national park.

The Central Serengeti
Horseback riding

Where to stay in central Serengeti (seronera)

In various sections of the park, the Central Serengeti offers a variety of accommodations/lodging alternatives, including seasonal mobile camps that follow the seasonal wildebeest migration. The Serengeti Central area has a diverse selection of lodging alternatives. There are some magnificent and somewhat distant tented camps, particularly on the main plains to the southeast, despite the fact that many of the estates are larger and more commercial.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL SERENGETI (SERONERA)

FAMOUS FOR

  • Famous for lions, cheetahs, and leopards.
  • Home to the legendary Seronera Valley.
  • A wide range of resident wildlife.
  • Extraordinary year-round wildlife viewing.

SIZE

  • 1,800 square miles.

 TOPOGRAPY, LANDSCAPE, SCENERY

  • Long Grass Plains
  • Savannah
  • Riverine Areas
  • Lakes
  • Granite Kopjes

 MAIN SPECIES

  • Cheetah,
  • Lion,
  • Leopard,
  • Hyena,
  • Bat-eared Fox,
  • Reedbuck,
  • Giraffe,
  • Elephant,
  • Hippo,
  • Rhino,

ACCOMMODATIONS

Some of the accommodations in central Serengeti are as follows

  • Andbeyond Serengeti under canvas
  • Dunia camp
  • Four seasons safari lodge
  • Lemala ewanjan tented camp
  • Melia Serengeti lodge
  • Nimali central Serengeti
  • Nyikani camp central Serengeti
  • Ole Serai luxury camp
  • Serengeti lake Magadi lodge
  • Serengeti safari camp (nomad)
  • Serengeti serena safari lodge
  • Serengeti wilderness camp
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