Things to do and see in Serengeti National Park: Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, also a world heritage site, and recently proclaimed a wonder of the world; the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 60,000 zebras and 400,000 Thomason’s gazelles join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing areas. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game viewing in Africa, great herds of buffalo, small groups of elephants, giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, impala, hartebeest, topi, and grant’s gazelle among others.
The spectacular predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park, Golden maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunts the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southwestern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Game drive in the endless savannah plains to see the great migrating of wildebeest, good chances to view bird species and dense lion, giraffe, elephants, rhino populations make it ideal for having the best wildlife encounter in Africa. The vast expanse of the Serengeti may be difficult to complete in a few days of your vacation. Therefore, you should plan the sites that you want to visit during the length of your safari trips across the Serengeti.
The Great Migration of wildebeests and other hoofed animals such as gazelles, zebras, and elands is one of the magnificent sights in the Serengeti. However, you need to note that migration is a continuous process and is not all about the animals crossing the Mara River. Therefore, visitors have to plan accordingly and consult with their safari operators to maximize their chances of viewing the migration.
If you want to have a different perspective of the vast Serengeti national park and can afford it, we highly recommend a hot air balloon safari. From thousands of feet above the ground, you will get an aerial view of the plains and the animals that roam them. Hot air balloon safaris are particularly popular during the wildebeest migration allowing travelers to observe them in the thousands. Hot air balloon safaris usually start in the morning and end with a champagne breakfast in the wilderness. Hot air balloons can take between 10 to 16 people. You need to book your tour in advance and prepare to pay about $550 per person. Hot Air balloon safaris are excellent for honeymooners and those planning to celebrate an anniversary or birthday party. You will never forget the experience of getting a bird-eye view of the Serengeti plains and Africa’s famous wildlife. The migrating wildebeest population, good chances to view bird species and dense lion population makes it ideal for having the best wildlife game drives. The vast expanse of the Serengeti may be difficult to fathom in a few days of your vacation. Therefore, you should plan the sites that you want to visit during the length of your safari trips across the Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park inhabits over 500 bird species, with 5 endemic birds which are only found in the Park namely Fischer’s lovebird, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Usambiro barbet, secretary bird, and kori bustard.
When is the best time to visit the Serengeti? The straightforward answer to the question is the dry season, as you could be able to witness the maximum number of animals during this period. The calving season in January and February is the right time to witness baby wildebeests and zebras as well as the Great Migration. The wet season from March to May could be futile as you would not get sufficient visibility due to the rain. The dry season lasts from June to October with plenty of opportunities to spot Serengeti’s amazing wildlife. The shoulder season or the months of November and December could be perfect for you if you want limited tourists.
Most travelers begin their Serengeti safari expedition at either Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. From here you can either travel to your preferred lodge by means of a short transfer flight or by safari vehicle. It’s also possible to merge the two and enjoy the best experience!
The best route for a Serengeti safari flight is by flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. After landing on the airstrip, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to your final destination, where a cold drink is ready and waiting, please allow another 1 hour for a road transfer, depending on your reserved lodge.
Accommodation in Serengeti National Park and surrounding areas range from budget to luxury. There is a large option for a base to explore this place of exquisite beauty and rich biodiversity. Lodge in the Serengeti National Park include Mbalagati Serengeti, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Lamala Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti Wild Camp, Senonera Wildlife Lodge, Aurari Camp, Bologonya Under Camp, Andbeyond Serengeti under canvas, Caka Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti Camp, Serengeti Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp, Mara Kati Kati tented camp, Nimali Mara, Ole Serai luxury camp, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, Sayari Camp, Serengeti Wilderness Camp, Serian Serengeti Mobile Camp, Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Serengeti Migration Camp, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Kirawira Serena Camp, Serengeti Simba Lodge, Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp. Kindly contact us so we can tailor your remarkable safari in Serengeti National Park.