Where is the Serengeti National Park?
The Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tanzania’s oldest national park and shares a border with the Kenyan Masai Mara Game Reserve. Serengeti is said to be an approximation of the Masai word siringet, which translates as ‘the place where the land runs on forever’ – and no wonder, as this park is around 14,750 km².
Though the area had been explored as early as 1892, the Serengeti National Park itself was established in 1951. You’ll find grassland plains, riverine forest, savannah, and woodland here, and the park is often described as three regions:
- The Serengeti plains
- The Western corridor
- Northern Serengeti
Famous for the annual Great Migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and a quarter of a million zebras, the Serengeti National Park is also known for having Nile crocodiles and honey badgers and 2,500 lions.
An interesting fact about the Serengeti National Park…
The Serengeti plains have a number of ‘kopjes’ – large rocks formed by volcanic activity. They are used as great observation posts by predators, as well as a refuge for hyraxes and pythons.
How do I get to the Serengeti National Park Safari?
You can fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and then drive to the park, which takes around eight hours. Alternatively, you can fly from JRO or nearby Arusha to the Serengeti-Seronera airstrip, located in the center of the park.
While you can use miles to get to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you can’t use miles to fly to Serengeti, so you’ll need transfers to get to your safari, too.
Where can I stay in the Serengeti National Park?
There are plenty of options inside the park itself, including campsites, tented camps and lodges, with many of the latter costing several hundred dollars a night. A decent mid-range option such as Serengeti Sopa Lodge costs around $175 per day in the low season or more than twice that in the high season.
There are lots more accommodation options outside of the park, including bandas, hotels, safari lodges and camps, but as the park is so huge, you’ll need to check how close they are to your safari.
How much does the Serengeti National Park Safari cost?
It costs US$60 per day for a non-resident adult and $30 per vehicle per day. You can see more fees here.
When should I visit the Serengeti National Park Safari?
The Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing all year round. For the Great Migration, however, you’ll need to visit June or July, though February is the best month to see the wildebeest calving. The best general game viewing is said to be in the dry months between June and October.
What are the rules of the Serengeti National Park Safari?
As with many reserves, you should follow basic regulations and etiquette to both stay safe and protect the animals while visiting. These include:
- Observing a speed limit
- No off-road driving
- No littering
- No feeding or harassing the wildlife
- No night driving
What animals can I see on a Serengeti National Park Safari?
The reserve is home to a large variety of wild animals and birds, so you could see a…
You could also see a dik-dik, impala, cheetah, topi, waterbuck, patas monkey, martial eagle and so much more.
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