The Western Serengeti is a unique location that is rarely seen by most safari travelers to Serengeti, Tanzania. The Western Serengeti is known as the Western Corridor because it is shaped like a huge valley that runs east to west and is surrounded on both sides by hills. The endangered Colobus monkey, Nile crocodiles, big herds of topi antelopes, elephants, and good concentrations of carnivores are among the game viewing highlights in western Serengeti.

Despite being one of the most distant part of Serengeti, The Serengeti’s Western Corridor is one of the place where game viewing are excellent.  Two rivers, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti, run through it, making the broad plains lush and beautiful. The western habitats/ ecosystem is dotted with trees and hills, making it ideal for game viewing all year round. However If you want to see the migration, you should go between the months of May and July.

Wildlife watching in western Serengeti

Throughout the year, wildlife viewing in the Western Corridor is consistent and perfect. The giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, zebra, and other typical plains animals, as well as lions, live in the broken savannah south of the Grumeti River. Cheetahs can be found in the vast grasslands north of the river, which are rarely visited. During the Great Migration season in this area, Serengeti balloon safaris are available.

Safari highlights to Serengeti’s western region

For tourists who enjoy silence/ cool place the western Serengeti is the ideal place to visit around August to March. During this time there are fewer people, fewer automobiles, more time, more space, and more amazing wildlife moments.

For photography safaris, region’s famed sunrises and sunsets make it a photographer’s dream.

Around the months of May, and July, massive wildebeests, zebras, elands, and gazelles congregate in the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, south of the Grumeti River. Many hundreds perish as they are pursued by lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas from behind and enormous Nile crocodiles from ahead as some risk the river crossing while others take a diversion. On a Serengeti West Safari, however, the majesty of the terrain, stretching endlessly beneath an infinite sky, changes something within the observer, who becomes more aware of humanity’s place within the drama of the animal world.

There are only a few spots in the Serengeti where you may go on a walking safari, so the Grumeti Game Reserve’s walking safaris are very unique. Spend hours walking through the wilderness with a guide, not only following animals and learning about birds and insects, but also learning about the medicinal and cultural applications of native plants.

Visit a Maasai settlement on the outskirts of the Grumeti Reserve to see how the tribe lives. You’ll have the opportunity to meet subsistence farmers and their families and hear about their everyday lives, including how communities must devise non-invasive methods to keep elephants from trampling their crops.

In the Western Corridor, hot air ballooning is available periodically (from the beginning of June until the end of August). A magnificent sunrise trip in a softly flying balloon is an unforgettable way to gain a bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti’s spectacular landscapes and wildlife.

Travel tips to western Serengeti

Most of accommodations in this part of Serengeti national park are luxuries and mid-range. However, there is a campsite at a resort near the Ndabaka entrance gate, as well as a public campsite at the gate itself. Camps located just outside the park boundaries offer mid-range possibilities in the sector, but the region is best known for its wonderful, compact luxury lodges and mobile camps—some of which are absolutely exclusive.

The best months to visit the Western Corridor and the Grumeti are June and July, when you can see the Grumeti River crossings and herds on the move, but September and October are also good months to see the remaining herds of zebra and wildebeest, as well as other resident wildlife like elephant, leopard, and lion. If you’re visiting in June or July, you’ll need to book ahead of time because there aren’t many places to stay in the area.

Many individuals choose to fly into their private airstrip at their lodge or camp. Self-drivers should pick up their cars and supplies at Mwanza city, which is around 130 kilometers from the Ndabaka Gate.



  • Great migration River crossing
  • Colobus monkeys and massive crocodiles
  • Elephant and giraffe herds are in large numbers.
  • The Western Corridor is a secluded area with good game watching.
  • On the banks of two rivers, you can see a lot of animals.


  • 1,300 square miles.


  • Floodplains
  • Savannahs
  • Open Woodlands
  • Riverine Areas
  • Hills and
  • Valleys


  • Wildebeest
  • Colobus Monkey
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Hyena
  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Hippo
  • Crocodile
  • Topi


  • Andbeyond Grumeti Serengeti tented camp
  • Andbeyond Serengeti under canvas
  • Kirawira Serena camp
  • Mbalageti Serengeti lodge
The Western Serengeti
Mbalageti Serengeti lodge
  • Serengeti safari camp (nomad)
  • Serengeti Simba lodge
  • Singita sasakwa lodge
  • Singita Serengeti house
  • Ubuntu migration camp.
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