Serengeti National Park Tanzania – Game viewing safaris in Serengeti National park
Serengeti National Park Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists – many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join Great Adventure Safaris to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
Birds of Serengeti national park Tanzania.
The Serengeti National Park is one of the popular birding destinations for birding while in Tanzania on safari Lake Ndutu area of Serengeti is a paradise for bird-watchers. The national park is inhabited by over 500 bird species that can be seen all year round while on game drives.Read more about the birds of Serengeti
Wildlife of Serengeti national park Tanzania.
One of the greatest wilderness areas in the world, the Serengeti supports a magnificent diversity and abundance of animals, from the Big Five to the antelopes and ground rodents that roam the Serengeti plains all year round. Serengeti is a home to over 90 wildlife species that can be seen during game drives in the national park.Read more about the animals in Serengeti
How to Get to Serengeti national park.
The majority of safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) which is situated about 46km or 29miles from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and use a domestic flight to get to Arusha Airport (ARK).
Optionally, you may take a cheaper flight starting in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, which is among the key transportation hubs in the whole of Africa, and then take a shuttle-bus to the town of Arusha. Usually you will be picked up by your tour operator from the airport within Tanzania who will cater for all your ground transportations as per your arrangements.
The most suitable means of moving from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small charter plane to one of the numerous airstrips in the park. From the Serengeti to Arusha it is approximately 325 kilometers or 202miles and will take 8 hours on road. The biggest part of the ride is bumpy, over dirt roads- but the trip offers beautiful scenery. You’ll be rewarded with views of wild life during your en-route game drives to the park. Also, if you travel by car, you’ll rarely do the whole trip in a single day. Usually, your safari tour will include a day or two in other parks on the way, reducing the trip to approximately half the total time.
Where to stay in Serengeti National park Tanzania.
-Singita Mara River tented camp.
-andBeyond Grumati Serengeti tented camp.
-andBeyond Serengeti under canvas.
-Ehlane plains camp.
-Four seasons safari lodge.
-Kaskaz Mara camp.
-Kirawira serena camp.
-Kusini Kopjes kambi.
-Mbuzi mawe tented camp.
-Naona moru camp.
Best time to Visit Serengeti Tanzania.
The best times to visit Serengeti National Park Tanzania are from January to February or from June through September, although you should plan your trip around the movement of The Great Migration.