Northern Serengeti and central Serengeti safaris

Northern Serengeti and central Serengeti safaris

Northern Serengeti and central Serengeti safaris  : Serengeti national park which is located in the northern part of Tanzania is made up of different parts such as the northern Serengeti and central Serengeti.

The national park is visited at different times of the year and is also famous for its numerous wildlife species including the big 5 such as elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalos and leopards which are considered the most difficult wildlife species to hunt on foot.

Other wildlife species which can be seen during a safari around Serengeti national park include wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, antelopes, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, cheetahs, elands, kudu, hyenas among others.

The best time of the year which is recommended for visiting Serengeti national park is during the dry season from June to October although the national park can be visited at any time of the year including in the rainy season.

Serengeti national park is also the oldest national park in Tanzania which covers 14750 square kilometers. This national park is also known for the annual wildebeest migration which takes place across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

The national park is part of the northern safari circuit of Tanzania which consists of other destinations such as Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park and the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Central Serengeti

The central part of Serengeti national park is also referred to as the Seronera area and is popular among tourists on safari in the national park.

Seronera is home to numerous wildlife species such as predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs among others. The central part of Serengeti national park is also home to many other wildlife and bird species which can be seen during a safari.

Wildlife species which can be seen in the central part of Serengeti national park include elephants, wildebeests, hippos, giraffes, elands, impalas, zebras, kudu, waterbucks, antelopes among others.

The central part of Serengeti national park is made up of vast savannah plains, rock outcrops known as kopjes like Simba kopjes, Moru kopjes and also acacia woodland.

The wildebeest migration in the central part of Serengeti national park can be seen during the months of April and May. After grazing around the savannah plains in the central part of the national park, the wildebeests move to the south plains.

central part of Serengeti national park
central part of Serengeti national park

Airstrips in the central part of Serengeti national park include Seronera airstrip where tourists can get to the national park by flight. Another way to get to the Seronera area is by driving from Arusha.

Activities which are carried out during safaris in the central part of Serengeti national park include game drives which take place in the morning and also in the afternoon or evening and can also be carried out for a full day.

In the central part of Serengeti national park during a safari, tourists can also engage in a hot air balloon safari which is an exciting experience with an aerial view of the grassy plains in the national park as well as wildlife species and attractions. This activity starts very early in the morning and the hot air balloon safari costs about 599 USD for adults and children are also charged differently.

Guided nature walks are also carried out during safaris around the central part of Serengeti national park. This activity gives a closer interaction with the natural surroundings in the national park on foot.

Over 400 bird species can also be spotted during a safari around the central part of Serengeti national park. The activity is best done during the months of November to April when migratory birds can also be spotted.

Northern Serengeti

The northern part of Serengeti national park is found between the central part of Serengeti national park and Masai Mara national reserve in the south western part of Kenya.

This part of Serengeti national park is remote and a few visitors explore the northern part of the national park which is made up of rolling hills, acacia woodland, grassy plains and also rock outcrops.

The Mara river which is a major crossing point during the wildebeest migration is also found in the northern part of Serengeti national park. Herds of wildebeests can be seen as they cross the river where Nile crocodiles can be seen.

During the wildebeest migration in the northern part of Serengeti national park, the herds of wildebeests can be seen in the grassy plains during the months of July and September when the river crossings take place.

Wildlife species which can be seen during a safari around the northern part of Serengeti national park include buffalos, zebras, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, lions, leopards among others. Predators are among the attractions which can be spotted around the northern part of Serengeti.

Activities which are carried out during safaris in the northern part of Serengeti national park include game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching as well as hot air balloon safaris.

Hot air ballons in serengeti national park
Hot air ballons in serengeti national park

Serengeti balloon safaris is among the operators that organize the hot air balloon safaris in Serengeti national park. The hot air balloon activity is booked in advance and can also be organized by tour operators.

Hot air ballooning around the northern part of Serengeti national park starts with briefing before getting on the balloons and after the activity, the passengers share breakfast before returning to their lodges.

The airstrips which are found in the northern part of Serengeti national park include Kogatende airstrip and Lobo airstrip. This part of the national park can also be accessed by driving from Arusha.

Kogatende airstrip is located near Mara river where the river crossings take place. During the wildebeest migration another river which is crossed by the herds of wildebeests is the Grumeti river.

Other parts of Serengeti national park which is visited during safaris include western Serengeti and the southern plains. The western part of Serengeti national park is made up of riverine forests, open savannah plains and woodlands.

Visit Serengeti national park and explore the different destinations as you look for different wildlife species as you engage in a safari in the northern part of Tanzania.

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