The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is an exceptional game-rich reserve that attracts many visitors year-round, but especially during the annual Great Migration.
Most people visit for the bigger, more well-known animals like wildebeest, zebras, and large numbers of predators like lion and cheetah. However, there are plenty of unique and unusual animals to spot in the Serengeti if you know where to look!
This post will highlight some of the Serengeti’s hidden gems and share with you where and when to spot them on a Great Migration safari.
1. Striped Hyenas:
Striped hyenas are a rare sight in the Serengeti (don’t mistake them for their more common cousin, the spotted hyena). These nocturnal animals are usually spotted in the central region of the park, particularly around the Seronera area. They are known to be opportunistic scavengers and will often feed on large animal carcasses left by other predators like lions or cheetahs. The best time to spot these creatures is during night game drives when they become more active.
2. Black and White Colobus Monkeys
These impressive primates are often overlooked, but they are a delight to see in the wild. They have a unique and striking appearance with black fur and long white tails. Black and white colobus monkeys are arboreal creatures and can be found near the tree lines in the Serengeti’s northern areas, such as the Lobo Valley and along the Grumeti River. They have a strict vegetarian diet and feed on the leaves of several plant species.
3. Beisa Oryx
Beisa oryxes are unique desert-adapted antelopes. They are a striking animal with a distinctive two-tone coat of reddish-brown and white. During the migration, these antelopes can be found in the central and southern areas of the Serengeti. They prefer open plains and are often found grazing alongside other herbivores like zebras and wildebeest. If you’re lucky, you may even witness a chase by a predator like a cheetah or lion. In Southern Africa, a separate subspecies is commonly known as a gemsbok.
Caracals are medium-sized wild cats with long tufted ears and an agile body. They are impressive hunters and can bring down prey much larger than themselves. These cats can be challenging to spot, even for experienced safari guides. They are mostly seen in the Seronera Valley, and the best time to look for them is during the morning or late afternoon game drives. They have a wide range of prey, from small rodents to antelopes and even young wildebeest from time to time.
The Serengeti National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers alike. Taking the time to look for these unusual animals during the Great Migration can be a fantastic opportunity for a unique and memorable experience. The Serengeti’s hidden gems are waiting to be discovered, so whether you’re an experienced safari-goer or a first-time visitor, don’t miss out on these incredible creatures. Happy spotting! Browse our Serengeti safari packages now.