Safari in the Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most renowned wildlife parks in the world. The name comes from the Masai ‘Siringet’, meaning ‘endless plains’ and the seasonal migration which occurs here attracts lions, cheetahs, leopards and other predators, which attend to the constantly moving mass.
Wildlife in the Serengeti National Park
Here you will find great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other hooved animals such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. All three big cats are also easily seen. Lion is everywhere, the cheetah is very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.
How to get to Serengeti National Park
Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated about 46km from Arusha. The most convenient way to get from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small plane to one of the various airstrips in the park. The drive from Arusha to the Serengeti is about 325km and will take about eight hours. It is a bumpy and long ride but the trip offers beautiful scenery.
Safari activities in the Serengeti National Park
The primary draw to the Serengeti is the Great Migration and the great wildlife viewing opportunities, but there are other things you might want to consider adding to your itinerary.
Searching for wild animals with a safari truck, that’s what ‘Game Drives’ are all about. Wild animals are most active in the early mornings and late afternoons. That’s why the Game Drives always start early, about 5 o’clock in the morning. At around 16:00 o’clock the ‘afternoon game drive’ sets off, and it takes about 3 to 4 hours. The fact that you’re able to search for the Big Five from an open car, which permits you to observe the animals close-up, makes for a highly recommended activity.
Possibly Africa’s most famous ethnic group, the Maasai people are semi-nomadic people located primarily in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. There are around 1,2 million Maasai people living in these two parts of East Africa. Despite, education, civilization, cultural influences and years of geopolitical issues, the Maasai people have clung to their traditional way of life, making them the strong symbol they are today of East African culture.
The Great Migration
The Serengeti is the setting for one of the world’s great natural spectacles. Over a million wildebeest, as well as hundreds of thousands of other hoofed animals, including zebras, eland, and gazelle, migrate in a search for food and water.
Hot Air Baloon Flight
The ultimate way to see this amazing place is to spend an hour or so floating in a hot air balloon over the plains at dawn. Witness the sunrise over the “endless plains” and then come down to treetop level to view the animals before they seek cover to escape the heat of the day. After you touch down again, you’ll be treated to a glass of champagne and a full English-style breakfast with your fellow balloon riders.
When to visit the Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is vast and beautiful and guarantees an exceptional year-round safari experience, but it is the great migration, in which tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebras take part, that is the most well-known and considered the greatest wildlife show on earth. Although wildlife viewing in the Serengeti is good throughout the year, it is not always easy to predict when and where the migration is going to be, primarily due to the rainfall pattern. The best time to visit Tanzania for the wildebeest migration is between October and July. The wildebeest are in the Serengeti during this time before they head north and return to the Maasai Mara.
Where to stay in the Serengeti National Park
There is a wide range of accommodation available in the Serengeti National Park, from public campsites to luxury lodges. You can check out luxury tented camp Nimali Central Serengeti for your stay.
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