Best time to visit Serengeti

Best time to visit Serengeti National Park

Best time to visit Serengeti national park

Best time to visit Serengeti National Park is that time of the year when a traveler feels like it is very convenient to go for a safari tour in Serengeti. Tourists can visit Serengeti national park all year round to engage in a variety of activities and also see the different attractions in the national park. however, the recommended time of year to visit this national park is during the months of June to October during the dry season.

The period between June to October also favors tourists with interest in seeing the wildebeest migration which is a natural wonder that involves thousands of wildebeest moving between Serengeti national park and Masai Mara national reserve

The dry season also favors wildlife viewing since the wildlife species can easily be spotted in the open plains within the national park as they graze due to the short grasses. The dry season also makes it easy to see the wildlife species since they can be seen around the different water points in the national park.

Attractions in Serengeti national park

There are different attractions in Serengeti national park and they include the following;

  • Wildlife species are among the major attractions in Serengeti national park and they include the big five like the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard. Other wildlife species which can be seen in the national park include wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, giraffes, waterbucks, reedbucks, hippos, antelopes among others.
  • The wildebeest migration is another attraction which can be seen in Serengeti national park and it involves movement of thousands of wildebeest across the plains of this national park and in Masai Mara national reserve in Kenya. This migration takes place annually in different parts of the national park as the wildebeest search for greener pasture and water.
  • Maasai people have a unique culture and tourists can visit the Masai villages in order to interact with this local community. During interactions with the Masai, tourists learn more about the unique culture and way of life of the Masai people such as their way of dressing, traditional dances, visit manyattas which are the traditional homesteads of the Masai, seeing local arts and crafts such as beaded jewelry among other activities.
  • Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains which depicts the evolution of humanity and the evidence of findings of researchers Dr. Mary and Louis Leakey can be seen at this site such as stone tools among other findings.
  • Moru kopjes are rock outcrops within Serengeti national park which are made up of granite. These kopjes provide a lookout point for predators such as lions which watch as their prey grazes in the distant plains. The Moru kopjes are located in the central part of Serengeti national park and they also provide a good place for game viewing and tourists who are interested in the wildebeest migration can also witness it from this location in the national park.
  • The retina hippo pool is a pool in Serengeti national park where a large number of hippos can be seen swimming and bathing in water. This hippo pool is located where the Seronera river meets the Orangi River.
  • The Grumeti river is a river crossing point for the wildebeest during the wildebeest migration. This river is located in the western part of the Serengeti national park. This river is also a good location for wildlife viewing and it is characterized by open savannah, woodlands, floodplains and riverine forest.
  • Seronera river valley is an attraction that is located in the central part of Serengeti national park which is known for its large concentration of wildlife species as well as big cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. This part of Serengeti national park is also good for seeing the wildebeest migration and some of the best locations for seeing the wildlife species include the Moru kopjes, Simba kopjes, Seronera river, and the Maasai kopjes.
Best time to visit Serengeti
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Activities which are carried out by tourists during their safaris in Serengeti national park include the following;

  • Game drives are among the game viewing activities which take place in Serengeti national park and they take place at different times of the day such as during the morning, evening as well as a full day. Morning game drives are very rewarding game drives since the wildlife species are very active at this time of day. During evening game drives, it may be a little difficult to see the wildlife species since they are seeking shelter at this time of day. Full day game drives involve seeing the wildlife species at different times of day in their natural habitat.
  • Nature walks involve exploring the open savannah plains in the national park on foot in search of the wildlife species and the different attractions within the national park such as the plant and tree species. These nature walks are carried out in the company of an armed ranger for the protection of the tourists.
  • Community walks involve tourists interacting with the local community of the Maasai people. During these community walks, tourist engages in a variety of activities such as watching traditional dances, seeing local arts and crafts, visiting the “manyattas” which are the traditional homesteads among other activities. 
  • Hot air ballooning is an activity in Serengeti national park which gives tourists an aerial view of the national park and its attractions such as wildlife species like elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, hartebeest, antelopes, waterbucks, antelopes, buffalos, rhinos, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs among others.

How to get to Serengeti national park

Serengeti national park can be accessed by both air and road means in the following ways;

  • By road; tourists can drive from Arusha to Serengeti national park
  • By air or flight; there are different airstrips within the national park which tourist can fly to such as Seronera airstrip, kogatende airstrip, Kusini airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Kirawira airstrip among others.

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Best time to visit Serengeti

Best time to visit Serengeti

Best time to visit Serengeti

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