Serengeti national park

Serengeti national park

Serengeti national park-Tanzania is located in the northern part of Tanzania and is a famous destination for amazing wildlife viewing experiences and also for its beautiful scenery.

Park entrance fee for Serengeti national park-Tanzania is among the requirements to be allowed into the national park. The entrance fee for Serengeti national park for non-East African resident adults above the age of 16 years is 71 USD while children aged between 5 to 16 years are charged 23.6 USD and children below the age of 5 years are not charged for park fees to enter Serengeti national park.

Serengeti national park is the oldest national park of Tanzania and it covers 14750 square kilometers.

Explore Serengeti national park

Serengeti national park is a destination filled with numerous wildlife species, beautiful scenery, vast savannah plains, acacia woodlands and so much more to be discovered during a safari around the national park.

Attractions of a variety can be seen during a safari around Serengeti national park and they include the following;

Wildebeest migration

In Serengeti national park-Tanzania the wildebeest migration takes place every year across the open savannah plains.  Over 2 million wildebeests spread across the savannah are among the reasons to visit Serengeti national park during safaris.

wildebeest migration in serengeti national park
Serengeti national park

This migration is considered a natural wonder and many tourists visit Serengeti national park to watch as the herds of wildebeests graze in the national park. River crossings also take place during the wildebeest migration across the Grumeti river in the western side of the national park and also across the Mara river north of Serengeti national park.

Big 5

The big 5 such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos are among the wildlife species which can be seen around Serengeti national park-Tanzania. These wildlife species are considered the most difficult wildlife species to hunt on foot.

There are many other wildlife species which can be seen during safaris in Serengeti national park and they include wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, hyenas, warthogs, hartebeests, kudu, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, impalas among others.

The best time to visit Serengeti national park to engage in wildlife viewing is in the dry season in the months of June to October.

Seronera river valley

Seronera river valley is found in the central part of Serengeti national park. Predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards can be seen around this part of the national park.

A variety of bird species can also be spotted around the Seronera river valley during safaris in Serengeti national park. The wildebeest migration can be seen in this part of the national park around April to June.

Seronera river valley
Serengeti national park

Many tourists visit the central part of Serengeti national park at different times of the year due to its large concentration of wildlife species.

Kopjes

Kopjes are rock outcrops and are among the attractions that make up the scenery of Serengeti national park.

The Serengeti kopjes include Simba kopjes, Moru kopjes, Masai kopjes among others which stand out from the savannah plains and dotted grasslands of the national park. Lions can be seen around the Simba kopjes during safaris in Serengeti national park.

Lobo valley

The lobo valley is found in the northern part of Serengeti national park-Tanzania and it consists of woodlands, hills and rock outcrops.

The northern part of Serengeti national park is a remote part of the national park and wildlife species which can be sighted around the Lobo valley include lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, elephants, gazelles among others.

The northern part of Serengeti national park is found close to the Masai Mara national reserve of Kenya.

Hippo pool

Another attraction in the central part of Serengeti national park is the hippo pool which is located where the Seronera river meets the Ortangi river.

Hippo pool
Serengeti national park

Many hippos can be seen as they swim in the retina hippo pool in Serengeti national park. Game drives to this part of the national park offer visitors a close look at the hippos.

Activities that take place in Serengeti national park

Hot air balloon safaris over the plains of Serengeti national park are part of the safari experience in Serengeti national park.

This activity takes off very early in the morning around 6:00 am and the hot air balloon safaris are offered in different parts of Serengeti national park such as central Serengeti, northern Serengeti, western Serengeti and in the Ndutu area.

The hot air balloon activity in Serengeti national park costs about 599 USD and this price is worth it as the experience gives you a different view of the beauty of the national park as you enjoy floating over the vast savannah plains.

Game drives around Serengeti national park are done in the morning, in the afternoon or evening. The activity can be carried out around the different parts of the national park during safaris as tourists enjoy looking out for wildlife species in the wilderness of Serengeti national park.

Maasai community visits during safaris around Serengeti national park involve interactions with the locals and also visiting the Maasai villages. This experience gives the tourists a chance to interact with the Maasai and get to know more about their way of life and culture.

Bird watching is also carried out in Serengeti national park which is home to about 400 bird species such as grey breasted spurfowl, kori bustard, fisher’s lovebird, rufous tailed weavers among others. This activity is best done during the wet season from November to April and can also be done at different times of the year.

Bird watching in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti national park

Guided nature walks in Serengeti national park are carried out on foot and give the tourists a close interaction with their natural surroundings in the national park. Wildlife viewing on foot during the nature walks are also an exciting experience as the tourists learn more about how to track the animals in the vast savannah at the destination. Ranger guides lead the way during this activity in Serengeti national park.

How to get to Serengeti national park

Getting to Serengeti national park by air during a safari can be from Kilimanjaro international airport or Arusha airport to the airstrips in Serengeti national park such as Kogatende airstrip, Seronera airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Kirawira airstrip, Lobo airstrip and Kusini airstrip.

Another way to get to Serengeti national park is by driving which takes about 7 to 8 hours from Arusha town. The different gates used for entry into Serengeti national park include Nabbi hill gate, Ndabaka gate, Klein’s gate and Bologonya gate.

A number of accommodation facilities are found across the different parts of Serengeti national park and they include luxury lodges, midrange lodges and budget lodges. Camping can also be done in Serengeti national park.

Visit Serengeti national park and enjoy exploring the endless savannah plains in search of wildlife in the oldest national park of Tanzania.

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