Serengeti National Park

"Serengeti" means "endless plains" in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. Various types of vegetation grassy plains, savannah with acacias, wooded hills and mountains are the backdrop of an extraordinary concentration of animals which reaches its peak during the wildebeest migration. Almost 1.5 million wildebeest undertake a circuit of 1,000 km, searching for new pastures and water. If you're interested in the "big five"(elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo), the Serengeti is the most popular.

Activities: A balloon safari in the park at dawn. Two side trips: Lake Natron to the north, at the roof of Ol Donyo Lengai volcano (2-3 days roundtrip) and the possibility of visiting Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, to the west (2-3 days roundtrip). From Mwanza, the regional capital, visit the Rubondo National Park located on an island in the middle of the lake.

Don't miss: The big cats on the kopjes (huge granite rocks) which dominate the plains. Hundreds of crocodiles in the Grumeti River. The Maasai painting at Moru Kopjes.