Tours in Serengeti national park
Tours in Serengeti national park are among the best wildlife experiences during a safari to the northern part of Tanzania. Serengeti national park offers amazing wildlife viewing all year round and it is a popular destination among tourists as they visit Tanzania. This national park is the oldest in Tanzania and Serengeti national park covers about 14760 square kilometers.
There are numerous wildlife species which can be spotted around Serengeti national park and they include the big 5, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, hippos, giraffes, impalas, elands, kudu, hartebeests, waterbucks and many others.
Park entrance fee for visiting Serengeti national park is 70 USD in the peak season and 60 USD in the low season for nonresidents excluding the 18% tax. Children below the age of 5 years are not charged park entrance fees during tours to Serengeti national park.
Best month to visit Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park can be visited at any time of the year for Tanzania wildlife safaris. Some months however offer better wildlife viewing experiences compared to others.
For wildlife viewing during a tour in Serengeti national park, the months of June to October are recommended. June to October is the dry season and many tourists also visit the national park for safaris as wildlife species can easily be spotted during activities around the savannah. It is also the best time for a wildlife safari around the national park.
The wildebeest migration is among the many reasons that tourists visit Serengeti national park and this migration can be seen annually when exploring the destination. From December to March, the wildebeests can be seen around the southern parts of Serengeti national park.
Around April and May, rain is received around Serengeti national park and there are fewer crowds of tourists around the destination. From June, July and August the wildebeest migration can be spotted around the western part of Serengeti national park and the river crossings also take place around the Grumeti river and the Mara river which is found in the northern part of Serengeti national park.
Rains are also received around November and December during safaris around Serengeti national park.
Number of days for a safari in Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park is famous for its vast savannah plains or endless savannah and it is a destination which requires a couple of days to be able to explore the destination and see the various wildlife species and attractions across the different parts of the national park.
About 4 days or more around the savannah plains of Serengeti national park are recommended as the amount of time to explore the destination. This gives a visitor enough time to explore the national park and see many wildlife species.
The different parts of Serengeti national park which are visited during tours in Tanzania include the northern plains, the southern part of Serengeti national park, the central plains or Seronera area and also the western part of Serengeti national park.
How to get to Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park during a tour around Tanzania can be accessed using different means of transport including flight and also by driving. This destination can be accessed by flight from Kilimanjaro international airport.
Tours to Serengeti national park start from Arusha town which is also a point where safaris to other destinations in the northern part of Tanzania start. A drive from Arusha to Serengeti national park takes about 7 to 8 hours.
For those on a safari around Tanzania and do not wish to drive, they can fly to Serengeti national park. The different airstrips around Serengeti national park include Seronera airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Sasakwa airstrip and also Kirawira airstrip. Different airlines offer domestic flights around Serengeti national park for tourists as they visit the destination.
Activities done in Serengeti national park
A number of activities can be carried out during tours around Serengeti national park and they include game drives, nature walks around the savannah, bird watching experiences and also hot air balloon rides over the savannah plains of Serengeti national park.
Game drives during a tour around Serengeti national park involve exploring the destination at different times of day including the morning, afternoon and evening in search of different wildlife species such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, elands, waterbucks, hartebeests, hippos among others. Some of the sought after wildlife species include the big 5 (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos), predators like lions, leopards as well as cheetahs which can be spotted during a safari as they hunt their prey around the savannah. The wildebeest migration is another experience to look forward to when visiting Serengeti national park.
Another activity which is carried out during a tour around Serengeti national park is nature walks around the national park. This activity involves getting a closer wildlife viewing experience around the national park and also learning how to track the different wildlife species in the wilderness with the help of a ranger guide who provides information about the different wildlife species and how to identify them. These walks take place off the usual trails followed when driving in the national park and wildlife species can also be spotted while exploring the national park on foot.
Hot air balloon rides over the endless plains of Serengeti national park are also carried out during safaris at the destination. This activity starts early in the morning and can take about 1 hour of getting an aerial view of the national park and also spotting wildlife species around the savannah. The hot air balloon safaris are done in different parts of Serengeti national park such as in the north, central and southern plains.
During a safari around Serengeti national park, visitors who enjoy spotting birds can also engage in birding as they drive around the savannah plains. There are over 400 bird species found in the national park and during the months of November to March, bird watching is at its best around the national parks of Tanzania when migrant bird species can also be seen around Serengeti national park.
Visit Serengeti national park and enjoy tours as you look out for different wildlife species around the savannah.