Are you planning to arrange a Serengeti safari to the Serengeti National Park this year? Then keep on reading my complete guide, made in the form of Q&As to discover more about the adventures that await you in this national park!
What is Serengeti National Park?
Serengeti, which translates to the ‘Infinite Plain in Masai tongue is a national park in Tanzania in the northern region of Africa. It is well known for its plentiful wildlife and ample biodiversity. Therefore, Serengeti safari to the National Park will surely be an amazing wildlife experience for you.
What are the things I should know before taking the Serengeti National Park Safari?
There are a few things that you must know before the Serengeti National Park Safari. To explore the park, the authority provides you with Roadtrip Tanzania vehicles with driver-guides. You can also arrange for a self-drive safari in a Land Cruiser. Maintaining a minimum speed of 25km/hour is a must inside the park. The entrance fees should be paid at the gate and the fee is nonrefundable. Tickets are per person and you should also pay for the vehicle in which you are going to take the safari. The entrance fees are given below along with the fees for the vehicle.
- Non-East African Adults: USD 60
- Non-East African Children, aged between 5 and 15: USD 30
- Non-East African Children, aged below 5 years: Free
- East African Adults: USD 30
- East African Children, aged between 5 and 15: USD 10
- East African Children, aged below 5 years: Free
- If the vehicle carries a weight of 2000 kg: USD 40
- If the vehicle carries a weight that is more 2000 kg: USD 150
You can also join a camping site for further exploration. I recommend wearing long clothes to avoid mosquito bites and cold nights. You should take mosquito repellants if you are camping the night inside the national park. It is better if you can start the safari early in the morning with the dawn to get a better wildlife experience.
What to expect in the Serengeti Safari ?
The Serengeti National Park covers almost an area of 14,750 square kilometres, with a union of woodlands, savanna, riverine forests and grassland plains. It has divided into three regions as Serengeti Plains, Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti. Serengeti Plains which is the region in the south comprises of grassland without tall trees and in this area, you can spot hoofed animals like Zebras, gazelles, impala animals, waterbucks and topis. You can also see wildebeests and other Antelope in the Serengeti Plains because it is a popular breeding spot for these animals, but you should expect to see predators like hyrax and pythons as well. The Western Corridor is a savannah region with a floor entirely tiled with black clayey soil. You can see Nile crocodiles, patas monkeys, hippopotamus and martial eagles in the Grumeti River valley.
Northern Serengeti, on the other hand, is a mountainous open woodland spreading from southern Seronera towards the River Mara. This region of the national park is famous for animals like Elephants, giraffes and dik-diks. Apart from that, you can spot cheetahs straying around gazelles, seven different types of mongooses as well as two otter species inside the national park. And if you are lucky you will see other mammalian animals like the Aardvark, ground pangolin, bat-eared fox, crested porcupine and aardwolf. Some African tribes like Maasai are inhabit near some boundary areas of the Serengeti park.
What is known as the ‘Big Five’ in the Serengeti National Park?
The Big Five are the must-see five animals in the Serengeti Park and this includes the Lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, Eastern black rhinoceros and African Buffalo. You should always keep your camera ready in the safari to capture some exotic moments concerning these animals. There are about 3000 lions in the national park while only 31 individuals of rhinoceros have recorded here. The mostly found animal out of the big five is the African buffalo with 53,000 individuals residing inside the Serengeti National Park. Herds with 5000 African bush elephants and about 1000 of African leopards identified here.
Can I do some bird watching during the safari ?
Yes, of course! You can do some birdwatching expeditions inside the park as it is a paradise to birds as well. Over 500 species of birds have recorded so far in the Serengeti National Park. You will find giant birds like vultures, Masai ostriches, martial eagles, secretary bird, yellow-billed stork as well as tiny birds like lovebirds, oxpeckers, grey-breasted spurfowl and superb starling. Those large birds feed on reptiles but sometimes on the eggs and babies of small birds which is a pathetic situation here.
What is the best time to arrange for a safari in the Serengeti National Park?
The best time to visit the national park depends on the type of animals you want to see. There are particular periods for particular animals to migrate and arrive at a particular destination.
- In the Southeast (December to May)- The best prediction during this period is the gathering of wildebeest and zebras. After a short rainfall in early November, the herds return to grassy plains to feed on fresh and nutritious grasses. While they stay here from January to March their babies are born within a short time. This is an area with high predator concentration.
- In Western corridor (May to July)-Migrations usually occur from late May to July where thousands of wildebeest migrate to the north. Their major obstacle in the migration is crossing the crocodile rich waters of Grumeti River which flows along the Western corridor. Because of that, it can be several weeks when animals first arrive on the other river bank. The herd of migratory wildebeest together with the Mara River is eye-catching.
- In Mara River (July to September)- It’s great to see the migratory wildebeests throughout the year. But when the herd crosses the Mara River near the Kenyan border during August to September the mind blows.
- In Lobo area (September to October)- The wildebeests, who migrated to North start to return towards Serengeti in the South during this period across the Lobo area. Your camping sites are tented over this Lobo region. Because this can be considered as the turning point of migratory wildebeests.
Therefore, Serengeti safari would be a fantastic experience you can have in the African continent, Kenya that will unforgettable in your lifetime.