Ruwana Plains

These Plains are located immediately north of the Grumeti. The herds of wildebeests and zebras that manage to cross the river unscathed come here and they can briefly rest before they get back on the path Northwards. 
Apart from cheetahs and spotted hyenas, two packs of lions live here. This makes it the best area in Western Serengeti to catch sight of cats.
It is not rare too spot many clans of hyenas hunting or fighting each other to dominate over the territory.
The Ruwana pool is a good observation point to spot animals that come here to drink. At the same time, it is also very good to witness lion and hyena hunts, especially in the dry season, when this is one of the few water sources in the area.
The landscape from the Sundowner Hill is not to be missed.
This area, important for the safeguard of nature and the animal species living within its borders, became part of the Serengeti National Park in 1967.

Grumeti Reserve

The Grumeti Reserve is a private concession of 162.000 hectares at the border with the Western Corridor and the Serengeti National Park. It consists of classic savanna ad forested areas.
Here, it is possible to spot numerous cats, especially lions, hyenas and cheetahs, and of course there is the presence of wildebeests and zebras that take part in the Great Migration.
This area can be visited all year round, not only in the crossing  period. Topi antelopes, zebras, Thomson gazelles and elands permanently live here.
It is one of the Park’s best zones for birdwatching. As a matter of fact, more than 400 species of birds have been identified. While the plants that grow by the River are the perfect habitat for black and white colobuses.
Since this is a private reserve, it is possible to go on night game drives and walking safaris. These two activities are not allowed within the Serengeti National Park.

The areas of Western Serengeti

  • South of the Grumeti  River
  • North of the Grumeti River