Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

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Overview

Placed close to the northwest of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park covers an area of covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km).

The park is best known for its wildlife and is featured in many National Geography shows. The vast plains, abundant wildlife, golden sunrise and sunset, and the interaction between predators and prey make the heart go wild.

The unique ecosystem is one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth. It’s the great migration that makes Serengeti most famous among visitors. Over millions of wildebeests, zebras and other antelopes start rushing from Serengeti in search of fresh grazing land and rain.

The same pattern of life, fight, death, and again life follows year by year. The interaction of predators and prey is the main attraction of the park. The lions and other predators hunting between the herds and killing them are heart-warming. Similarly during river crossing, some of the herds become the prey of the crocodiles.

The wild animals

Serengeti National Park is best to see great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many other ungulates (hooved animals) such as eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.

Big predators can be seen easily. Lions, cheetahs and leopards are everywhere found on a kill.

The Birdlife

Over 500 different species of birds have been recorded in Serengeti National Park. the most-gorgeous and endemic birds are the grey-breasted spurfowl, Fischer’s lovebird, and rufous-tailed weaver.

Other commonly seen birds include Black-headed gonolek, Green-backed woodpecker, Grey-backed fiscal, Grey-crested helmet-shrike, Hildebrandt’s starling, Red-capped robin-chat, Rüppell's vulture, Southern ground hornbill, Schalow's turaco, Silverbird, Usambiro barbet , Verreaux’s eagle, Yellow-throated sandgrouse and many more.

Serengeti National Park

Best Time To Visit

Serengeti National Park is good to visit throughout the year.

The dry season (from June to October) offers the best wildlife viewing when the vegetation becomes thinner. As the main highlight of the park is wildebeest migration, so June to July is good to watch them in herds. Calving can be seen from January to February.

The wet season (November to May) is good to see the migratory birds and bird watching is best during this period.

Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti National Park

How To Go

How To Go

Most of the safaris to northern safari parks start from Arusha town. So the entry points will be Kilimanjaro International Airport of Arusha or Julius Nyerere International Airport of Dar Es Salaam, then taking a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

The roadway from Arusha to Serengeti is about 325km which will take minimum of 8 hours to reach. So taking a domestic flight from Arusha to Serengeti is a good option.

Uniqueness

  • The park hosts the Great Wildebeest Migration.
  • Serengeti is the oldest ecosystem on Earth.
  • The presence of a number of herbivorous also increases the number of predators
  • The open vast plains are dotted with Kopjes, famously called Simba Kopjes or lion Kopjes, where the pride of lions spends maximum hours just lying
  • The balloon safari takes you to float above the plains of Serengeti and see the aerial beauty of the park.
Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti National Park

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Home to the great wildebeest migration
  • The park harbours a high concentration of wildlife in Tanzania
  • A high population of predators– nearly 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, and 8,000 Hyenas
  • From Serengeti National Park other parks can be easily accessible
  • The park is a heaven for wildlife photographers

Cons

  • The presence of migrating herds is not easy to predict. It can vary according to the weather
  • Wild dogs are rare to find

Activities

Serengeti National Park offers an array of activities to enjoy. Listed below are some of the most-experienced activities

  • Game drives
  • Balloon Safari
  • Walking Safari
  • Bird watching safari
  • Camping Safari
  • Picnicking
Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation

The accommodations of Serengeti are placed in some thrilling areas of the park so that the visitors can get the authentic wilderness experience.

The tented canvas rooms are built above the ground on wooden platforms, and offer visitors an incredible level of comfort and homely feeling in the wildland.

Location

Serengeti National Park is located in the far north of Tanzania, with the western part touching the banks of the Lake Victoria and its most northern part touches the border with the neighbouring Kenya.

The park is one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in Tanzania, and the vast plains cover 15,000 square kilometres, and in the bucket list of millions of travellers.

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