Activities in Serengeti National Park
Activities in Serengeti National Park: Serengeti national park is located in the northern part of Tanzania and is a wildlife viewing destination which offers a variety of wildlife viewing experiences and activities during a safari in the national park.
This national park is home to different wildlife species such as the big five like elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos and Serengeti national park is also famous for the great wildebeest migration which is among the 10 natural wonders of the world.
Another interesting fact about this national park is that Serengeti national park has one of the oldest eco systems in the world with a variety of both plant and wildlife species. Different strategies are put in place by the park management to conserve the nature in this national park during tourism at the destination.
Exploring the different parts of Serengeti national park such as the northern Serengeti, central Serengeti (Seronera area), western Serengeti and the southern Serengeti may take a couple of days and these parts of the national park have unique attractions which tourists can enjoy seeing during their safaris at the destination.
Serengeti national park of Tanzania is also commonly described by its open savannah plains where various wildlife species can be seen as they graze. This national park also consists of woodland, granite outcrops known as “kopjes” as well as forests.
The activities which can be carried out while on safari in Serengeti national park include the following;
Game drives are among the many activities which take place in Serengeti national park. This activity is carried out in the morning when the wildlife species can easily be seen as well as in the afternoon and in the evening hours of the day.
The big 5 animals can be seen in Serengeti national park and are described as the wildlife species which were difficult to hunt on foot and they include lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos as well as rhinos.
Serengeti national park is also known for other wildlife species such as wildebeests which can be seen during the great wildebeest migration which takes place in Serengeti national park and in Masai Mara national reserve in the south western part of Kenya.
Wildlife species which can be seen during game drives in Serengeti national park include wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, elands, impalas, hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, oribi, kobs among others.
Game drives are carried out along different game viewing tracks within Serengeti national park and when tourists drive off these tracks, there are certain fines and penalties put in place by TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority) that are to be paid.
Entrance fees are also to be paid by tourists and visitors going to Serengeti national park and these fees are about 71 USD for foreign tourists and they vary for residents and East Africans as well as children.
Game viewing activities in Serengeti national park encourage conservation practices among the tourists as they enjoy driving around the savannah plains of this national park and look out for various wildlife species such as elephants, giraffe, antelope, rhinos, lions, leopards among others.
All year round, tourists from different parts of the world visit Serengeti national park and the best time to visit this national park is during the dry season from June to October when wildlife species gather around water points to drink.
Hot air balloon safaris
Hot air balloon safaris provide a magical experience of wildlife viewing from up in the sky while looking over the open savannah plains in Serengeti national park. These safaris are organized by different hot air balloon companies.
During a hot air balloon experience in Serengeti national park, the visitors are briefed by the crew members about the activity which is beautiful especially in the morning hours when you get to watch the sunset and see many wildlife species.
These hot air balloon safaris are carried out in the central part of Serengeti (Seronera area), in the southern part of the national park as well as in the northern part of Serengeti. The central part of this national park is known for having big numbers of wildlife species.
After the hot air balloon safari experience, breakfast is served and shared among the tourists
Serengeti national park has over 500 bird species which includes both native and migrant bird species such as rufous tailed weavers, secretary birds, grey breasted spurfowl, kori bustard, woodpeckers,
These bird species can be seen in November to April as well as all year round in the different birding spots around Serengeti national park. The bird species in this national park can be seen in the central part of Serengeti, the Grumeti area and in the Ndutu area.
Guided nature walks
Guided nature walks also take place in Serengeti national park and they are carried out in the company of a guide who provides information about the history of the national park, the ecosystem as well as the bird and wildlife species which can be seen.
From the comfort of your lodge or tented camp, you can also experience the beauty of nature in Serengeti national park. This activity provides an experience in the wilder parts of the national park where you can see wildlife species on foot.
Wildebeest migration experience
The great wildebeest migration experience is another adventure to look out for during a safari in Serengeti national park. This migration involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests across the savannah plains annually between the Serengeti and Mara eco system.
The wildebeests also move with gazelles and about 20,000 zebras during the great wildebeest migration. This migration attracts tourists from around the world to experience this natural wonder which takes place annually.
Between January and March, the wildebeests give birth to their young ones and this period is known as the calving season. During the calving season, predators such as lions can also be seen in the nearby savannah plains as they wait to prey on the wildebeests.
The great wildebeest migration takes place in Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, the Grumeti reserve, Loliondo area as well as in the Masai Mara national reserve in south western Kenya.
The river crossings during the great wildebeest migration are also among the spectacular sights as you watch the herds of wildebeests struggling to cross the rivers like the Mara river and Grumeti river.
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