Game Drive north of Serengeti national park
Game Drive north of Serengeti National Park: A game drive to the northern part of Serengeti national park is one of the activities which tourists engage in during their visits to this national park which is located between the central part of the national park and Masai Mara national reserve.
From the northern part of Serengeti national park, you can enjoy the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests cross the river. This part of the national park is made up of green rolling hills, granite rock outcrops known as kopjes, acacia woodlands and open savannah.
Another characteristic of the northern part of Serengeti national park is that it is a remote area although it can be visited throughout the year for game viewing activities such as game drives to see the various wildlife species like elephants, lions, buffalos and many others.
The Mara river crossings which are popular in the northern part of Serengeti national park are among the activities which tourists are excited about as they drive around Serengeti national park and see its different attractions and wildlife species.
The timing of the wildebeest migration is also known to vary depending on factors like the rains. Some of the lodges in the northern part of Serengeti national park are close to the river where the river crossings take place and are sometimes more costly compared to the lodges which are about 2 to 3 hours away.
A big number of elephants can also be seen in this part of Serengeti national park. Other wildlife species which can be seen in the northern part of Serengeti national park include lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, topi, elands, hippos among others.
Attractions in the northern part of Serengeti national park
Some of the attractions in the northern part of Serengeti national park include the lobo valley, the Mara river. One of the best times of the year to visit Serengeti national park is during the dry season from June to October.
- The lobo valley offers a good location to spot big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs during a game drive in the northern part of Serengeti national park. There are also rock formations which are ancient in this part of the national park which also comprises of woodlands and savannah plains.
- Mara river is a major attraction which can be seen during game drives in the northern part of Serengeti national park. This river makes its way through the northern part of Serengeti national park into Lake Victoria. Hippos and wildebeests, crocodiles, zebras, leopards and lions are among the wildlife species which can be seen in this part if the national park. River crossings during the great wildebeest migration also take place along this river during the months of July to October as over 1.5 million wildebeests struggle to cross the crocodile filled river.
Activities carried out in the northern part of Serengeti national park
Lodges in the northern part of Serengeti national park organize game drives which can take place during the morning as well as in the afternoon or in the evening. Game drives in the northern part of the national park can also be carried out for a full day as visitors explore the different attractions around the national park.
Night game drives however are not permitted in Serengeti national park and so is off the track driving during wildlife viewing experiences. Other activities which can also be carried out in the northern part of Serengeti national park include walking safaris and cultural visits with the Maasai people.
Walking safaris are carried out in the company of a guide as visitors explore the northern part of Serengeti national park and enjoy the scenery and also spot some wildlife species in the savannah plains. Some of these walks take place from Kogatende and offer amazing experiences as one explores the wilderness of Serengeti national park on foot.
During cultural visits to the Maasai people, visitors on safari in the northern part of Serengeti national park can also interact with the Maasai and get to know more about their way of life and their culture and traditions.
Apart from game drives, walking safaris and cultural experiences with the Maasai people, hot air balloon safaris are also carried out in the northern part of Serengeti national park offering amazing views of the savannah plains and the different wildlife species and attractions on this part of the national park.
Other parts of Serengeti national park
Other parts of Serengeti national park which covers about 14850 square kilometers are visited throughout the year for wildlife viewing experiences include the central part or Seronera area and the western part of Serengeti national park.
The central part of Serengeti national park has attractions such as the Seronera area and is made up of grassy plains, rock outcrops, and is also dotted with trees. This part of the national park is the most visited and also has a high number of wildlife species.
The western part of Serengeti national park has attractions such as the Grumeti river which is made up of riverine forests. During the wildebeest migration, this part of the national park is filled with wildebeests from the month of April and May.
Serengeti national park which is the oldest national park in Tanzania is also bordered by Ngorongoro conservation area, Loliondo game controlled area and the famous Masai Mara national reserve.
Lodges in the north of Serengeti national park
The different accommodations where visitors on safari to the northern part of Serengeti national park can stay include budget accommodations, midrange accommodations and luxury accommodations.
They include lodges like and beyond Serengeti under canvas, Aurari camp, Bologonya under canvas, Chaka camp, Kimondo camp, Kirurumu Serengeti camp, Lamai camp, Mara kati kati camp, Mara Mara tented lodge, Nimali Mara, Olakira camp, Ole Serai luxury camp, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti camp, Sayari camp, Serengeti wilderness camp and many others.
How to get to the north of Serengeti national park
The northern part of Serengeti national park can be accessed by both air means of transport and road means of transport.
By air, schedules and charter flights are available to the northern part of Serengeti national park to airstrips like Lobo airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Kogatende airstrip.
Another way to get to the northern part of Serengeti national park is by driving which usually takes longer compared to the flights. Drives to Serengeti national park can begin from Arusha town which is about 6 to 7 hours drive.
Visit the north of Serengeti national park and experience unforgettable safari memories as you explore the savannah plains and different attractions in the national park.