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Serengeti Trips | Safari & Tours

Sun, sights and safari: buckle up for one wild ride to Serengeti National Park! One of the most phenomenal national parks in the world, a trip to Serengeti is nothing short of life-changing. From witnessing the Great Migration – where millions of animals stampede across the plains with predators at their feet – to enjoying driving sightseeing from the jeep during a Game Drive, there are so many things to do in Serengeti that will get your blood pumping. 

Keen to go all out when it comes to the Serengeti experience? We suggest booking a hot air balloon tour. Leaving just before dawn, your balloon will take you high above the (sparse) bush canopy to give you the most breathtaking view of Serengeti. Not only will you be able to see a beautiful orange sunrise, you’ll get to witness the Great Migration from the best seat in the house: among the clouds.

The Serengeti, at a glance

One of the most famous destinations in Africa, this UNESCO world heritage park is the stage for the dramatic wildebeest migration that takes place each year. 

Tanzania’s oldest park, covering a whopping 1.5 million hectares, it is home to an incredible diversity of animals. 

The park borders Kenya in the northwest, and is connected to the Ngorongoro Conservation area.

The Serengeti is one of the best places for safari in Africa thanks to the huge numbers of big game that reside here. 

Serengeti Trips

Wildlife in the Serengeti

The rich grasslands of the Serengeti allow it to support the millions of wildebeest that live here, before the dry season forces them north towards the Mara in southern Kenya.Woodlands and acacia trees dot the landscape, as do ‘koppies’, large granite outcrops rising up from the plains.As well as the famous wildebeest migration, the park is home to the Big Five: rhino, lions, leopards buffalo, and elephant. 

The Serengeti is home to some of the world’s fiercest predators: cheetah, spotted hyena (usually in the morning), jackal, bat-eared-fox, and wild dog. The park has the highest concentration of predators in Africa.Alongside these you’ll find giraffes, mongoose, baboons, aardvarks, colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, and giant Nile crocodiles.

The park also has the highest ostrich population in Africa, and more than 350 species of birds. There are at least four endangered animal species; the black rhino, elephant, wild dog, and cheetah. 

Mbeya to Serengeti National Park

 

During the dry season, when the short grasses and reduced watering holes make wildlife sightings much easier, it’s not uncommon to return from a safari in a state of silent disbelief. The abundance of wildlife, the beauty of the park, the sheer scale of it all. 

The Wildebeest Migration

The annual wildebeest migration takes place from late January through to September each year.

This incredible natural phenomenon sees over two million wildebeest, as well as herds of zebra and gazelle, migrate through the Serengeti, cross the Grumeti and Mara river before arriving at the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

It is at the Grumeti and Mara river that some of the most famous shots of the wildebeest migration have been taken. Here, the animals are not only faced with the possibility of being swept away by the fierce water, but from attacks under the water from crocodiles, and above on the plains as they wait to cross, by lions and leopards.

It is a perilous journey, and one of nature’s most incredible migratory events.

Safari in the Serengeti

There are three popular regions for safari in the Serengeti: the southern plains, the central Seronera Valley, and the western corridor. 

The southern plains are flat, open areas of short grassland. This is the quintessential Serengeti landscape, and what you probably picture in your head when you think of safari.

The central Seronera Valley is a network of river valleys whose rich grazing grounds attract the largest numbers of wildlife in the region. This is the most popular area to visit.

Getting to Serengeti

By Air

There is an airstrip located in the park itself – the Seronera Airstrip receives flights from Dar es Salaam (with flights times from 2.5-4 hours depending on the size of plane you book), ArushaZanzibarKilimanjaro and Ruaha.

Most planes flying to the Serengeti are small bush planes, and so we recommend you keep your luggage as light and small as possible.

By Road

You can drive from Arusha, which takes 8 hours but is a safari ride in itself; you will pass much wildlife and beautiful scenery, along a rather bumpy road.

This trip takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, so you might want to drive through here, stopping overnight and finishing in the Serengeti the next day after a three-hour drive.

You could also fly one way and drive back.

When is the Best time to Visit Serengeti

The best time to see the migration is from July to October. This is the dry season, and in June and July the herds will be facing their biggest challenge: the Mara river crossing. 

If you are keen on seeing the predators in action, go in January or February, when there is a hiatus in the annual rains and the wildebeest calve.

The average temperature in the park during the year is 25-28 degrees Celsius.

Note that travelling in the peak seasons naturally comes with higher costs, and there’s a certain beauty about the country during or just after the rains. 

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