Wagakuria also known as Wogakuria is a remote and enchanting grassy plain that is quite different from the dense forests that surround much of the North Serengeti. It is located just south of the Kogatende Ranger Post and features a unique collection of broad-leafed trees, which are a rarity in an area dominated by trees with small or very small leaves, such as acacias that are common throughout the park.
The vegetation in Wagakuria/Wogakuria is a primary reason why the North Serengeti has one of the highest concentrations of cheetahs. The surrounding broad-leafed woodlands are also home to the oribi antelope, which is found only in a few other places in Tanzania and is a rare and beautiful sight to see.
The focal point of this region is the Wagakuria kopjes, which provide shelter to old male buffalos and the surefooted klipspringer antelope. The area is sustained by several water springs that support a wide variety of animal species, including lions, steenboks, ostriches, elands, Thomson’s gazelles, elephants, and giraffes.
Wagakuria (Wogakuria) is a special region full of unexpected wonders, and the relatively open grasslands offer a unique perspective on the North Serengeti.
Wagakuria is a unique area that offers a variety of amazing experiences. Its grassy plains, which are distinct from the surrounding dense forests of North Serengeti, provide a habitat for a large population of cheetahs. Meanwhile, the broad-leafed trees in the surrounding woodland sustain the rare and beautiful oribi antelope. The Wogakuria Kopjes, a group of rocky hills, serves as the focal point of this region and are home to old buffalo bulls and the agile klipspringer antelope. Wagakuria’s grasslands, woodland, and riverine vegetation create a picturesque landscape that is reminiscent of Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Wildebeest Migration in the Wagakuria Area
In July, the wildebeest migration travels north through the Lobo area (located just north of the central Serengeti National Park) and the Wagakuria area (a remote region in the northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can reach the Wagakuria area anytime from July onwards, and the wildebeest can be seen crossing the Mara River in this region. By September, the wildebeest herds are dispersed throughout the northern Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with several large herds remaining behind in the area. However, weather changes can sometimes bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds travel south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park. This stunning region is characterized by kopjes, woodlands, riverine vegetation, and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Accommodation Near Wagakuria
There are various accommodation options at the Wagakuria Area, luxury camps and lodges to be precise, and among them:
- Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge
- Serian’s Serengeti North Camp
- Nomad Wogakuria Cam