Serengeti National Park Experience
Serengeti National Park Experience : Serengeti national park is home to a wide range of wildlife species and is a popular safari destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania.The national park which is also a UNESCO world heritage site covers about 14753 square kilometers and is made up of vast savannah plains, woodlands, as well as riverine forests which act as habitat for the various wildlife species of Serengeti national park.
A typical wildlife viewing experience around Serengeti national park involves exploring the open savannah plains in search of wildlife and bird species and the different activities which tourists engage in are carried out in the parts of the national park which include;
The northern part of Serengeti national park is remote and is located close to the Masai Mara national reserve of Kenya and the central part of Serengeti national park.
During wildlife viewing experiences in the northern part of Serengeti national park, tourists enjoy seeing attractions like the Mara river which is a major crossing point for the wildebeest migration.
Northern Serengeti consists of hills, acacia woodland and rock outcrops as well as open savannah where wildlife species such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, elands, giraffes, hippos, topi among others can be spotted.
From the western part of Serengeti national park, tourists get an experience of exploring the woodlands, rivers and rolling hills.
A safari in the western part of Serengeti national park involves experiences such as walking safaris, game drives and also enjoying the river crossings along the Grumeti river during the wildebeest migration.
The western part of Serengeti national park is located near the Grumeti game reserve and wildlife sightings in this part of the national park include elephants, hippos, giraffes, antelopes as well as Nile crocodiles in the Grumeti river.
Serengeti plains or central Serengeti
The central part of Serengeti national park is also known as the Seronera area is popular among tourists during safaris.
This part of the national park is made up of open savannah and also rock outcrops referred to as kopjes and is home to different wildlife species such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, impalas, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles among others.
The wildebeest migration in the central part of Serengeti national park can be seen around the months of April to June. Activities which are carried out in the central part of Serengeti national park include hot air balloon safaris, game drives as well as Maasai visits.
Attractions in Serengeti national park
Some of the best places for safaris in Serengeti national park include the following;
The wildebeest migration
The wildebeest migration is a major attraction in Serengeti national park which takes place annually and over 2 million wildebeests can be seen as they move in their herds across the open savannah of the national park.
This migration also takes place in the Masai Mara national reserve in the south western part of Kenya. During the wildebeest migration, predators such as lions and leopards can be seen during a safari as well as gazelles and wildebeests which move with the wildebeests.
The movement of the wildebeests varies at different months of the year and takes place in various locations.
The Lobo valley is found in the northern part of Serengeti national park and is famous for the sightings of big cats such as leopards, lions and cheetahs. This area is made up of acacia woodlands, granite outcrops as well as grassy plains.
Wildlife sightings around the lobo valley include lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, giraffes and many others.
Seronera river valley
The Seronera river valley is found in the central part of Serengeti national park and is home to numerous wildlife species such as the big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs as well as elephants, hippos, buffalos, impala, topi among others.
This part of the national park is made up of savannah, rivers and swamps, kopjes. In the central part of Serengeti national park, wildlife species can be seen around the Seronera river.
Moru kopjes are the rock outcrops in central part of Serengeti national park where wildlife species such as the black rhinos can be spotted as well as other wildlife species like waterbucks, leopards, impalas, buffalos among others.
Retina hippo pool
The retina hippo pool is a pool in Serengeti national park where a number of hippos can be seen where the Orangi river and Seronera river meet. The pool is found in the central part of Serengeti national park.
The Grumeti river is an attraction in the western part of Serengeti national park the river crossings during the wildebeest migration where herds of wildebeests can be seen as they struggle to cross the river where Nile crocodiles are also spotted.
Activities in Serengeti national park include game drives, Hot air balloon safaris, guided nature walks, bird watching as well as community visits.
Best time to visit Serengeti national park is during the dry season around June to October when wildlife species can be spotted. Wildlife viewing around Serengeti national park can also be carried out at different times of the year
Cost of a safari to Serengeti national park varies depending on factors such as types of accommodation which includes budget accommodation, midrange accommodation and luxury accommodation.
Wildlife of Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park is a popular wildlife viewing destination in Tanzania which is famous for wildlife sightings such as the big 5 which include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos which are sought after during a safari.
The big 5 are 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, hippos, cheetahs, waterbucks, giraffes, hyenas, impalas, gazelles and many others.
How to get to Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park can be accessed by different means of transport such as by road and also by air.
By air, there are flights from Kilimanjaro international airport or Arusha airport to Serengeti national park. Airstrips around the national park include Seronera airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Kusini airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Kirawira airstrip, and fort Ikoma airstrip.