10 Best things to do in Serengeti national park
10 best things to do in Serengeti national park (Top things to do in Serengeti national park) are the key activities that makes Serengeti national park one of the best national parks in Tanzania and in the entire world. Serengeti national park with no doubt is one of the key tourism destinations that harbors the greatest number of wildlife on earth hence naming it the “Mecca of wildlife”.
There are more than 10 things to do in Serengeti national park but we are giving you the highlights of the 10 best things to do in Serengeti national park that make the dream of the traveler come true in terms of Serengeti wildlife experience. It’s out of these 10 best things to do in Serengeti national park that makes the park earn the title of “Seven Natural wonders of Africa” and “10 natural travel wonders of the world”.
Serengeti national park has the largest terrestrial live mammal migration in the whole word with over 2 million animals migrate crossing Mara river to the Masai Mara national Reserve in Kenya. The park has a wide range of attractions from wildlife that is from the African big 5, predators, grazers, birds, historical sites, cultural local Maasai people and the open savannahs dotted with Acacia trees and the rocks locally called the Kopjes
Witnessing the Blue Wildebeest Migration
The annual blue wildebeest migration is one of the largest annually terrestrial animal migration on earth. Millions of the blue wildebeest move from one area to another accompanied by 1000s of Zebras and other wildlife. The movement is determined by the climatic changes and they follow the weather patterns of the year. The Migration starts from South Ndutu in early February to March as the wildebeest go for calving season where 1000’s of newly born wildebeest calves are born daily, it’s one of the live events that gives one wide range of wildlife experience witnessing the newborn calf walking within 10 minutes. The wildebeest migration extends to Western Serengeti where the animals cross the Grumeti river and the climax is witnessed in July when the wildebeest cross the Mara River to the famous Masai Mara national Reserve in Kenya.
No one can predict the first day of the crossing as even wildebeest themselves fear who to start yet they move with no leaders. Its magical to see these animals throw themselves on water amidst the large crocodiles.
Game viewing/Game drives
Game drives is one of the 10 best things to do in Serengeti national park, the game drives are done on our well air conditioned safari jeeps with pop up roofs where you can enjoy clear view of the wildlife. Game drives are done in the morning, full day or in the evening, get close to nature view a wide range of animals at their natural habitats just a few meters away from your safari jeep. The game drives can reward you with a vast experience of Serengeti clearing your long list of animals like big 5 of Africa those are Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalo, other game include the Hyenas, Kobs, Oribi, Wildebeest, Zebras, Topis, Jannet cats, dik dik mention but a few not forgetting birds like Secretary bird, Buffalo weaver, Lovebirds, Ostriches, Kori Bustards among others.
Hot Air Balloon
Have an eagle eye at Serengeti, have an aerial view of the open large endless plains of Serengeti national park with hot air balloon package. The Hot air balloon starts very early with the pickup from your camp and transfer to the starting point of the Hot air balloon. Catch up with live action at the wilderness early in the morning when floating at the air, see as far as you can at the endless plains of Serengeti and conclude your balloon safari with hot toss of wine at the bush.
Experience Cultural Lifestyle of the Maasai people
Serengeti national park is a home of Maasai locals who lived in the park for years before they were resettled at the outskirts of the park and to Ngorongoro Conservation area. Most of the camps or lodges have an evening entertainment by the locals after dinner at the fire camp area while also we can arrange to visits the Mayatas of the Maasai in their true homes and they perform for us we see their true life style enter in to their houses. These locals are more welcoming to all guests, they are very free to share their experience with the guests, showing their handicrafts made using traditional methods.
Visit The Olduvai gorge
10 best things to do in Serengeti national park tours include visiting the Olduvai Gorge site which lies on enroute at the border of Ngorongoro crater conservation area and the Serengeti national park. This is one of the famous archaeological sites where the remains of the oldest man were discovered by Dr Leakey dating back over 2 million years ago, you visit the museum and the footprints at the site.
Adventure at the Moru Kopjes
The open endless plains of Serengeti is dotted with a good number of Moru Kopjes which are a good habitat for the predators especially the Lions the king of the jungle. Exploring these more kopjes is one of the 10 best things to do in Serengeti national park if one wants to see more of the big cats. The most famous one being Simba Kopjes named after the dominant Lions that are commonly seen in the area. Its one of the larges prides in Serengeti national park.
The kopjes are prime for ancient African paintings that reflect the local Maasai art like at Gong Rock named after the Maasai musical instrument Gong.
Explore the Hippo pool
Serengeti national park is gifted with small pools of water and rivers that act both as water area for wildlife and water animals. The visit to this pool gives you great opportunity to view these large animals lying on water with their bodies not fully covered with water. The most famous hippo pool in Serengeti national park is the Retina Hippo pool located in Central Seronera area which is a home of over 200 hippos, some crocodiles with a lot of water birds at the shores of the pool.
Although hippos are found in several water catchment areas of Serengeti, Retina hippo pool is incomparable with others, you can chance to view live fights among hippos, great sounds from hippos and many more actions of hippos in their natural environment.
One of the key things that make 10 best things to do in Serengeti national park is visiting the Grumeti river located in the Western part of Seronera area. Grumeti river is a starting point of River crossing for the wildebeest migration before they reach to the climax at Mara river in the Northern part of Serengeti. You can catch live action of game viewing especially if you time well around June every year, the place also is a good catchment area for leopards and they rest on the branches of the trees. Lions are more common especially during the migration time when the wildebeest and other animals cross the Grumeti river.
Are you a good adventurous person, please stay close to nature with the Serengeti national park tents, most of the accommodations at the park are built in line with environmental conservation. Tents are erected in the middle of the bush where you can have game viewing opportunity just in your tent balcony, animals pass by in front of your tents while birds always even enter in to your tent if not closed.
At night the Hyenas and the lions are common visitors hearing them move around the tents, Elephants are also seen depending on the location of your tent, they are most common on the Turn 3,4 and 5.
Discover Seronera River valley
10 best things to do in Serengeti national park include unmissable Seronera safari, the central part of Serengeti gives you great opportunity to view a wide range of wildlife. Get more information at the Tourist center as you view the Monkeys and Kopjes.
To extremely enjoy the best of Serengeti national park, one has to have a good time to plan well choose the best tour operators who will deliver the best services. Plan enough time so that you can do all the game drives while in Serengeti national park.