Serengeti National Park Safari
Serengeti National Park Safari: Serengeti national park is a wildlife viewing destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania and is home to the big 5 which include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos as well as rhinos.
This national park has an extensive population of wildlife and bird species and also has one of the oldest eco systems in Tanzania. Serengeti national park covers about 14750 square kilometers.
Serengeti national park is a popular safari destination in Tanzania and is made up of the Seronera area or the central Serengeti, the western Serengeti and the northern part of Serengeti. These different parts of the national park have different attractions which can be seen during a safari.
The endless savannah plains of Serengeti national park make up its beautiful scenery which also has woodlands, riverine forests, granite outcrops or kopjes like the Simba kopjes, Moru kopjes, and Maasai kopjes.
A safari to Serengeti national park can be organized by a tour operator who takes care of every detail in the safari such as where to stay or the accommodation, transport means to the destination as well as the activities to engage in with the guidance of the tourist who provides information on their needs for the safari.
Due to its large size, safaris in Serengeti national park may take longer compared to other national parks in Tanzania. This national park is also about a 6 to 7 hour drive from Arusha town which makes it perfect for a getaway destination where you can connect with nature and the wild.
Entrance fees are among the requirements for tourists interested in visiting this national park. These fees are 71 USD for nonresidents, and about 35 USD for residents of Tanzania. East Africans pay about 10,000 TSH for entry into Serengeti national park for adults.
Children visiting Serengeti national park between the age of 5 and 16 years pay entrance fees of about 23.6 USD while children below the age of 5 years are not charged for entrance fees to enter this national park.
Safari activities in Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park safaris also involve engaging in various activities such as game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching experiences, and hot air balloon safaris. Some of the lodges and camps in the national park offer their guests these activities during their stay in Serengeti national park.
- Game drives are the popular form of wildlife viewing which tourists engage in during their safaris to Serengeti national park. These game drives can take place en route or may take a full day.
Other game drives which take place in Serengeti national park include morning game drives and afternoon game drives. Wildlife species which can be seen in this national park as tourists drive around include elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions, leopards, wildebeests, elands, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, waterbucks, kudu, dik dik and many others.
These game drives follow different tracks around Serengeti national park where vehicles are allowed to drive as the visitors look out for the wildlife species in the savannah plains at the destination.
- Another exciting activity which is carried out in Serengeti national park during safari is the guided nature walks. Tourists are able to get a close interaction with the wilderness and also spot wildlife species from a close distance while moving on foot. Nature walks in Serengeti national park are carried out in the company of a ranger guide.
- Hot air balloon safaris also take place in Serengeti national park and involve gliding over the savannah plains of the national park in a hot air balloon while enjoying the beautiful scenery and occasionally seeing wildlife species.
The hot air balloon safari experience in Serengeti national park is beautiful in the morning when you can watch the sunset. This experience is followed by a sumptuous breakfast and a glass of champagne shared by the passengers of the hot air balloon after landing.
- Bird watching is another activity to look forward to during a safari in Serengeti national park. There are over 500 species of birds in this national park which can be seen at locations such as Lake Ndutu.
The bird watching activity is second to game viewing which also takes place in Serengeti national park. Bird species include kori bustards, secretary birds, grey breasted spur fowls, hornbills, crowned cranes, yellow billed storks, vultures, ostriches among others.
Serengeti national park is made up of different parts where tourists can visit and explore and these include the following;
Seronera or central Serengeti
Safaris in the central part of Serengeti national park are filled with spotting of a variety of wildlife species since this part of the national park has a big concentration of wildlife species such as predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs.
This part of Serengeti national park is also popular for game drives in its vast savannah plains and kopjes or rock outcrops which can be seen during a game drive. The kopjes which were formed as a result of volcanic activity include Simba kopjes and Moru kopjes.
Attractions in the central part of Serengeti national park include the Seronera river valley, retina hippo pool, kopjes.
The northern part of Serengeti national park is a remote part of the national park and the wildebeest migration can be seen in this part of the national park during the dry season (July to November).
Wildlife species which can be seen in the northern part of Serengeti national park include wildebeests, lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos, topi, crocodiles, antelopes among others. Nature walks an off the track driving are among activities which take place in the northern part of Serengeti national park.
Attractions in the northern part of Serengeti national park which can be seen during safaris include the Lobo valley, Mara river. Hot air balloons also take place in this part of the national park.
The western part of Serengeti national park is another section at this destination which can be visited during a safari. This part of the national park is good for witnessing the great wildebeest migration which is one of the natural wonders which takes place in this national park.
The great wildebeest migration involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests across the Serengeti and Mara ecosystem at different times of the year. The river crossings are a major highlight of this migration to look forward to while on safari.
This part of Serengeti national park is made up of woodlands, open savannah, floodplains and riverine forests which act as habitat to the various wildlife species which can be seen during a safari.
Explore the beauty of Serengeti national park as you enjoy a memorable safari experience in the endless plains and drive around the savannah.