Location of Serengeti national park : Serengeti national park is among the largest national parks of Tanzania and it is located in the northern part of the country.
The national park covers about 14,763 square kilometres and consists of open savannah grasslands, acacia woodland, riverine forests, kopjes among others which make up the beautiful scenery and habitat for wildlife that can be explored during tours in Serengeti national park.
Serengeti national park is a location for the wildebeest migration in Tanzania which takes place annually at the destination as over 2 million wildebeests move across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. The wildebeest migration brings many tourists to Tanzania and it is considered one of the largest animal migrations in the world.
The national park is located in Mara region and Serengeti national park is located west of Arusha town. Serengeti national park is about 7 to 8 hours’ drive from Arusha town which is a starting point for tours in the northern part of Tanzania.
A big number of wildlife species can be seen during tours to Serengeti national park and they include wildebeests, giraffes, elands, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, antelopes, impalas, gazelles, waterbucks, hippos and many others. There are also different bird species found in the national park.
When visiting Serengeti national park, there are different parts of the park where safaris are carried out including the northern Serengeti, southern Serengeti, western Serengeti and also the central part of the national park.
Serengeti national park is also a UNESCO world heritage site and it has a unique ecosystem. The park can be visited during any month of the year and there are many attractions and activities to take part in when visiting Serengeti during a Tanzania safari with the dry season considered the best time for wildlife viewing.
Game drives are among the activities which can be carried out when visiting Serengeti national park in the northern part of Tanzania and this activity can be done early in the morning, in the afternoon or evening and also for a full day. Game drives in Serengeti can be done as part of a group safari and also as part of a private tour in the park and both these experiences are exciting during the search for the wildlife species of Serengeti like the big five such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos among other wildlife.
Another way to explore the different attractions of Serengeti national park in Tanzania is by taking part in nature walks with a ranger guide. these walking safaris in Serengeti are done following off the track routes and wildlife species can also be seen in the savannah plains during this activity which brings you closer to the nature in the park.
Hot air balloon rides are also carried out in different parts of Serengeti national park and the balloon safari takes about 1 hour and the activity starts very early in the morning with a short briefing by the pilots at the landing site. A full English breakfast and sparkling wine are part of the hot air balloon safari in Serengeti national park.
Serengeti national park can also be accessed by flights during tours in Tanzania and these domestic flights can be got from Arusha airport to airstrips such as Seronera airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip among others.
The parks which are located not far from Serengeti national park in Tanzania include Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park, Arusha national park and also Kilimanjaro national park which are found in the northern part of Tanzania.
Month by month tour experience in Serengeti national park
January to March
Safaris in Serengeti national park from January to March can be done in the southern part of Serengeti national park which is known for the calving season in the wildebeest migration that takes place in the Ndutu area where over 8,000 wildebeest calves are born daily. Predators can also be seen during these months when on a safari around Ndutu which is located between Serengeti national park and the Ngorongoro conservation area.
April and May
In April and May, the central parts of Serengeti national park are the good locations for a chance to see the wildebeests and gazelles and zebras during the wildebeest migration in Tanzania. The central part of Serengeti is also known as Seronera area which is also home to many other wildlife species.
April and May are part of the low season which is also a part of the rainy season in Tanzania and few tourists take on safaris at this time of the year which a good time for tourists who wish to avoid crowds.
June to August
Safaris in Serengeti national park around the months of June, July and August are best done around the western and northern parts of the national park. River crossings along the Grumeti river in the western Serengeti and along the Mara river in the northern part of Serengeti also take place during these months. This is also the best time for safaris in Serengeti national park since it is the dry season and wildlife species can be seen around water sources.
June, July to August are also that time of the year which is considered the high season when many tourists take part in safaris in Tanzania and in destinations like Serengeti national park as they take part in wildlife viewing around the vast savannah plains.
September and October
The months of September and October are also a time of the year when wildlife viewing in Serengeti national park is amazing as it is still the dry season.
November and December
Serengeti national park around November is the low season and rain is also received during this month. November is also a good time for bird watching during tours around the national park since migrant bird species can also be seen.
In December many tourists also visit Serengeti national park since it is the festive season.
When visiting Tanzania, Serengeti national park is a destination which can offer amazing wildlife viewing safari experiences even for safaris as short as 3 days tours. You can however spend up to 10 days exploring the different parts of Serengeti national park.