Serengeti National Park Rules
Serengeti national park rules like any other protected areas of Tanzania are drafted and managed by Tanzania National Park Authority. The main aim of the Serengeti national park rules is to manage the core value of Conservation of wildlife and nature for the future generation. Serengeti National Park like any other national parks in the country has been set aside for the preservation of Tanzania’s rich natural habitats and ecosystem. The main aim of the park rules is to provide secure fertile grounds for the breeding of wildlife and the flora. The rules also protect the values of the wildlife hence reducing the human and wildlife conflicts in the protected areas however much the human population is growing intensively.
Serengeti national park was designated as a World Heritage site basically because of the biodiversity found at the park. Tanzania National Park Authority has tried their best through community involvement in the direct enforcement of the Serengeti national park rules. The enforcement of these park rules has made it possible for the TANA to achieve its goal of promoting Serengeti national park as tourism global destination. The conservation of wildlife has been achieved hence increasing the number of tourists coming to visit the park.
The Serengeti national park rules have enlightened the locals on the guardianship of the Serengeti national park as a rich resource that can support their development. The TANAPA has sensitized the local communities on the conservation benefits, shared the profits directly with the locals through tangible projects.
Serengeti national park rules are the key instructions that are put forward to govern the daily activities that are done inside the park. These apply to both the guests, drivers, locals and the park management while conducting themselves inside the park. The Serengeti national park rules are always clearly written on the gate of the park so that guests read as they are clearing before entering the park. Any abuse of the park rules has direct charges or penalties upon committing the offense.
There are several Serengeti national park rules but below are some I have highlighted which are the major ones. For details always be kin during your activities in the park. The park rules are also documented in flyers or some designated areas inside the park. These rules act as a guide for conservation, your love for nature starts from observing all the park rules during your stay or safari in Serengeti national park. Together we can conserve the values of Serengeti national park. Let us be the custodians of conservation, we make it our responsibility so that our future generation should not only read Serengeti on books but also come and become eyewitnesses of the oldest ecosystem in the world.
Below are the Serengeti national park rules
- First and foremost is the opening and closing time of the entry to the park. All guests, locals, tour operators and another group of people should be aware that all the Serengeti national park gates open as early as 6:00 am and close at 6:00 pm. The entrance or exit of the park before or after the time is not allowed unless the park authorities are notified early.
- Secondly, Serengeti national park rules is that all drivers must observe a maximum speed limit while inside the park. This is to reduce the accidents of wildlife while in the park. The speed limit is 50 kilometers per hour.
- Off tracking is prohibited. No safari car is allowed to off-track unless they are researching a group of the guests who paid the research fees.
- Feeding of animals in the park is prohibited. If you are got feeding the wildlife at any cost will be penalized from coming back to Serengeti national park. We want wildlife to remain in their natural habitant, not animals to act like in a zoo. All the experience of wildlife is based on the natural setting and the animals’ cat as natural.
- For all camping safaris, guests are only allowed to do camping in public designated camping areas. All the camps are guarded by the park rangers or authority.
- Smoking is completely not allowed inside the park especially during game drives. You can only smoke in your lodge or camp in the designated smoking zone. This is to avoid any risk of wildlife fires in Serengeti national park.
- No firearms are allowed inside the park. All guests or driver guides are not allowed to carry any firearms inside the park.
- Littering is not accepted. Act responsibly for the protection and conservation of nature by dropping your litter in dust bins that are stationed in different parts of the park.
- No pets are allowed to enter the park. The park is a home of wildlife only no domestic animals are allowed to enter into the park.
- No hooting, noise, shouting, phone calls and other noise-producing aspect are allowed inside the park. This causes interferences in the daily activities of the park.
- Guests or driver guides are not allowed to imitate the wildlife. Wildlife communicates in different ways which we can not understand well, imitating them can make them charge at you and cause danger in your life.
- Animals have a right of way when animals are crossing the driver must give them the chance to cross before you drive. By doing so we are respecting nature and making it friendly to us also.
- During game drives, only a maximum of 5 safari cars are allowed to surround one animal especially the big cats like Lions, Cheetahs, and leopards. The safari cars should live for others in an interval of 10 minutes to allow others also a chance to experience wildlife. These allow the animal to remain calm acting in its natural moods without charging.
- Guests or drivers must observe the maximum distance between the safari car and the wildlife. All cars must be at a distance of 100 meters away from the animal unless the animal comes to your car by itself.
- Taking animal or plant specimens in the park is completely not allowed. Only research guests who have been cleared by the park authorities are allowed to do so but in accordance with the Serengeti national park rules.
- All guests must clear their park entry fees, concession fees, and other relevant fees before entering the park. The park fees can be prepaid from any bank or paid by credit card directly at the park gates.
- No cash is allowed or received at any park gates for paying any park activity by guests.
- The park entry fees and concession fees expire every 24 hours if the guest is staying inside the park but if staying outside the park fees expire as soon as you cross the gate out.
- Observing the above Serengeti national park rules helps us to protect, conserve the core values of Serengeti national park.