Safari guide in Serengeti national park
Safari guide in Serengeti national park : Serengeti national park is a safari destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania.During safaris to Serengeti national park, tourists engage in different activities around the national park as they look out for the wildlife species and also enjoy the scenery in Serengeti national park.
Wildlife in Serengeti national park include the big 5 like lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos and also wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, antelopes, hippos, kudu, impalas, waterbucks among others.
Serengeti national park is also home to different bird species which can be seen during safaris. The national park is made up of vast savannah plains, acacia woodland, forest, rock outcrops or kopjes.
During Serengeti safaris, the parts of the national park which are visited include northern Serengeti, southern Serengeti, western Serengeti and central Serengeti which is also known as the Seronera area.
To enter in Serengeti national park for safaris, visitors are expected to pay park entry fee. Park entry fee for Serengeti national park for adults from 1st July 2021 will be 82.6 USD for non-residents, 10,000 TSH without tax for East Africans, 35 USD without tax for residents.
For children aged between 5 and 16 years visiting Serengeti national park, East Africans pay 2,000 TSH, 20 USD for non-East African residents, 10 USD for residents exclusive of tax and children below the age of 5 years are not charged park entrance fees.
Another fee which is paid during safaris to Serengeti national park is concession fee which is charged to visitors staying inside the national park. Other fees also include vehicle fees and camping fees.
Serengeti national park is a popular wildlife viewing destination in the northern part of Tanzania where other destinations are found such as Lake Manyara national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park, Arusha national park.
The national park covers about 14750 square kilometers and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Many tourists also visit Serengeti national park to see the wildebeest migration which involves annual movement of over 1.5 wildebeests in the savannah plains.
Activities which are carried out on Serengeti safaris include the following;
During safaris in Serengeti national park, game drives involve exploring the wilderness of the national park in search of different wildlife species. Game drives are carried out in the morning, afternoon or evening and can also take place for a full day.
From the comfort of the safari vehicles, tourists can experience the beauty of Serengeti national park as they look out for wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, wildebeests, kudu among others.
These game drives can be carried out in the different parts of Serengeti national park which have unique attractions and beautiful scenery as well as a variety of wildlife species.
Guided nature walks
Guided nature walks are also among activities which tourists carry out during their safaris in Serengeti national park. This activity is carried out on foot in the company of an armed ranger guide.
Wildlife species can also be seen during nature walks around the savannah plains of Serengeti national park.
Apart from the various wildlife species found in Serengeti national park, there are also different bird species at the destination.
Serengeti national park has over 400 bird species which can be seen around the destination and they include rufous tailed weavers, kori bustard, secretary birds, grey breasted spurfowl, herons, and eagles among others.
The best time for bird watching is during the months of November to march when migrant bird species can also be seen around Serengeti national park.
Hot air balloon safaris
Serengeti safaris also involve engaging in hot air balloon experiences which are carried out in the northern and central parts of Serengeti national park.
Hot air balloon activity starts as early as before dawn with pick up from the lodge and then a short briefing at the landing site and then getting on the balloons. During the activity, tourists enjoy an aerial view of Serengeti national park and its attractions.
After the activity passengers share breakfast and also champagne before returning to their lodges.
Community tours around Serengeti national park also involve interactions with the locals such as the Maasai people and getting to know more about their nomadic culture and way of life, visiting the homesteads of the Maasai, seeing local art and crafts like beaded jewelry, watching traditional dance performances among others.
The Maasai are known for depending on their livestock such as cows, goats and sheep for survival. Tourists visiting the northern part of Tanzania also interact with the Maasai when they visit their local villages.
When to visit Serengeti national park
Best time to visit Serengeti national park during safaris is during the dry season from June to October when wildlife species can be seen around water points in the national park. The national park can however be visited at any time of the year including the rainy season.
Serengeti national park can be visited in the low season, peak season or high season. During the peak season there are many tourists visiting the national park while in the low season there are fewer tourists on safari at the destination.
During the wildebeest migration which also takes place in Serengeti national park, tourists also plan to visit the national park when they can see the wildebeest herds as they move around the savannah plains. The wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park can be seen around June and July and august and also in January and February.
How to get to Serengeti national park
Airstrips in Serengeti national park include Seronera airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Kusini airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Kirawira airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip. During safaris to the destination tourists can access the national park by flights to these airstrips.
Serengeti national park can also be accessed by driving from Arusha.
Visit Serengeti national park for an experience of wildlife viewing in the oldest national park of Tanzania.