Wild open plains that feel like they go on forever, game everywhere, dazzling light and huge herds. The Serengeti is in Tanzania, the Mara in Kenya - but the two million wildebeest & zebra dont know this and they just follow the rains, move freely over the border. Outside the migration, you'll see more diversity of species & pay lower rates. Camps are either on public reserves or private conservancies - beware of crowds of vehicles in the former. Hot air balloon rides can be booked from most camps. Almost every camp is tented, but vary dramatically in levels of luxury. Tanzania/Kenya.
Best time: The migration loosely follows this pattern: December - March grazing in southern Serengeti; avoid very wet April; May - June in northern Serengeti; July - August for the big crossings over the Mara River; September - November grazing in the Maasai Mara.
Access: Charter flight from Arusha (45 mins), Kilimanjaro (1 hr) or Nairobi (1 hr).