North of the Grumeti River is an area teeming with wildlife and, attractions and beautiful landforms like the Ruwana Plains and the Grumeti Reserve to the western side of the Serengeti National Park.

Ruwana Plains

Located just north of the Grumeti River in Western Serengeti, the Ruwana Plains are a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to witness the Great Migration and catch a glimpse of some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife.

The Ruwana Plains serve as a crucial resting point for the herds of wildebeest and zebras that cross the Grumeti River during the migration season. Apart from cheetahs and spotted hyenas, this area is home to two packs of lions, making it one of the best places in Western Serengeti to observe big cats in their natural habitat.

Visitors to the Ruwana Plains can also witness the intense social hierarchy of hyena clans as they hunt and compete for dominance over the territory. The Ruwana pool is a great spot to observe animals as they come to drink, and it’s also an ideal location to witness lion and hyena hunts during the dry season when water sources are scarce.

For a breathtaking view of the landscape, don’t miss Sundowner Hill. This area was officially incorporated into the Serengeti National Park in 1967 and plays a vital role in protecting the park’s biodiversity and natural heritage.

Grumeti Reserve

The Grumeti Reserve is a private concession of 162, 000 hectares located at the border of Western Corridor and the Serengeti National Park. It is a mix of classic savanna and forested areas, and it’s a haven for a variety of wildlife.

The Grumeti Reserve is home to numerous cats, including lions, hyenas, and cheetahs, as well as wildebeest and zebras that take part in the Great Migration. Visitors can also spot topi antelopes, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, and elands that permanently live in the area.

One of the best zones for birdwatching, more than 400 species of birds have been identified in the Grumeti Reserve. The riverine plants that grow along the riverbanks provide the perfect habitat for black and white colobuses.

One of the biggest advantages of the Grumeti Reserve being a private concession is that visitors can enjoy night game drives and walking safaris, which are not allowed within the Serengeti National Park. These activities provide a unique opportunity to observe the nocturnal behavior of animals and to explore the area on foot.


  1. Can I visit the Ruwana Plains and the Grumeti Reserve at the same time? Yes, both regions are located in the Western Serengeti and can be visited during the same trip.
  2. Are night game drives and walking safaris allowed in the Serengeti National Park? No, these activities are not allowed in the Serengeti National Park but can be experienced in private reserves such as the Grumeti Reserve.
  3. What is the best time to visit Ruwana Plains and the Grumeti Reserve? The best time to visit is during the dry season, between June and October, as the wildlife is concentrated around the few remaining water sources.
  4. Are there accommodations available in these areas? Yes, there are several lodges and camps available in both the Ruwana Plains and the Grumeti Reserve.
  5. Can I witness the Great Migration in the Grumeti Reserve? Yes, the Grumeti Reserve is an essential part of the Great Migration, and thousands of wildebeests and zebras can be seen during the migration season.

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