Serengeti tours Tanzania
Serengeti tours Tanzania : Serengeti national park is a safari destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania. Many tourists visit this national park which is among the oldest wildlife viewing destinations in the country.
The big 5 are among the wildlife species which can be spotted around the vast savannah of Serengeti national park during a tour. The big five include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos.
To be able to explore the vast savannah plains of Serengeti national park during a tour about 3 or 4 days minimum are required for a safari. This is because the national park is vast and has numerous wildlife species and attractions. Serengeti national park covers about 14763 square kilometers.
Serengeti tours take place across the different parts of the national park such as the northern plains famous for the river crossings during the wildebeest migration. The central part of Serengeti national park is also referred to as Seronera area and it is known for its many predators and numerous wildlife species.
Seronera area is also the most visited part of Serengeti national park during tours around the destination. Safaris are also carried out in the western part of the national park where during the wildebeest migration the river crossings along the Grumeti river take place.
Another part of Serengeti national park which is visited during tours is the southern plains which are known for the calving season during the wildebeest migration when over 8000 calves are born daily around the grassy plains around December to March. The calving season can also be seen in the Ndutu area during safaris. Seeing predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards is another exciting experience during the wildebeest migration in Tanzania.
June to October is the dry season and is also a good time for wildlife viewing during tours around Serengeti national park. The national park can be visited at any time of the year for wildlife viewing and for tours around Serengeti.
The wildebeest migration is among the highlights of a safari tour to Serengeti national park and it is the annual movement of over 2 million wildebeests annually across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. This migration is also among the natural wonders which can be seen during a safari in Tanzania.
From July to August, the river crossings can be seen during these months and tours booked around these months also involve enjoying seeing the wildebeest herds as they graze around the savannah plains.
Game drives are carried out during an experience of exploring the endless plains of Serengeti national park and this activity is done at different times of day including the morning and afternoon and wildlife species can be spotted during the tour such as elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards, hippos, zebras, gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, hartebeests, buffalos among others.
Another activity which is carried out during tours around Serengeti national park is hot air balloon safaris which provide an aerial view of the savannah. This activity starts with a short briefing at the landing site before getting on the balloons. The hot air balloon ride takes about one hour and is carried out in different parts of Serengeti national park. Booking the hot air balloon experience during the wildebeest migration in the national park is an exciting experience as you get to see the wildebeest herds as they graze in the savannah or during the river crossings along the Mara river.
Walking safaris are also done during safaris around Serengeti national park and they involve exploring the national park on foot. During the activity, the tourists get to learn about how to track the wildlife species and also get a closer interaction with the natural surroundings in the national park. A ranger guide goes along with the visitors during their nature walks around the national park. Wildlife viewing can also be done during these walking safaris from a close distance and it is enjoyable since you explore the wilderness of the park from different trails at the destination.
Serengeti national park also has over 400 bird species which can be seen during a tour around the destination. Bird watching around the park is best done during the rainy season around November to April when various bird species are seen in the national park including migrant bird species.
Park entrance fee is among the requirements for entering in Serengeti national park and this fee is valid for 24 hours. Nonresidents visiting Serengeti national park are charged park entrance fee of 82.6 USD in the high season and 71 USD in the low season.
East Africans and Tanzanians are charged park entrance fee of 11800 Tshs for adults and 2360 Tshs for children. Residents visiting Serengeti national park are also charged park entrance fee of 35 USD in the peak season and 30 USD in the low season (excluding 18% tax).
Children below the age of 5 years are not charged park entrance fees during safaris to Serengeti national park. Children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 23.6 USD during tours to Serengeti national park.
How to get to Serengeti national park during tours
Serengeti national park can be accessed by driving from Arusha and this drive takes about 7 to 8 hours. Arusha town is a starting point for different national parks in the northern part of Tanzania such as Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara national park and also Arusha national park.
Another way to get to Serengeti national park is by flying to Kilimanjaro international airport. There are different airstrips which you can fly to during a safari to the national park and they include Seronera airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Kirawira airstrip.
Book a safari to Serengeti national park and enjoy a wildlife tour as you visit Tanzania.