Serengeti National Park Without a doubt, Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous national parks of Africa. The Serengeti is sited in north-western Tanzania, covering 14,763 sq km and is situated 335k from Arusha, extending north into Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria in the west.
Serengeti incorporates all kinds of ecosystems ranging from the acacia trees Savannah in the centre to the forested grasslands of the north. From the black clay plains of the west and the lush greenery expanse of the south to the rivers, swamps and lakes. Each section of Serengeti has its unique story to narrate, so each section of Serengeti is worth visiting.
Serengeti National Park includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves within its boundaries.
Serengeti is renowned for its large concentrations of wildlife with one of the highest predators’ numbers. You can easily witness all the game animals at Serengeti including the elusive black rhino, kongoni, giraffe, elephant, eland, topi, buffalo.
The most obvious attraction of the Serengeti is the Great Migration phenomenon in which around two million wildebeest along with zebras, elands migrate the endless plains of Serengeti to the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of grazing land every year. Apart from its diverse wildlife Serengeti has a varied bird life with over 500 bird species documented at the park.
Best time to visit
Serengeti National Park is open for visitors all year round, however particular areas are best at particular times. The overall best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season i.e., from late June up to September with the wildebeest migration as its ultimate highlight. However, timing of the migration varies every year, with the best chance of witnessing wildebeest river crossing is during June and July while from late January to February is the best time to watch the wildebeest calving.
What to see?
Without a doubt the wildlife viewing is the main attraction of Serengeti National Park. Apart, from its varied wildlife, you can witness the mesmerising landscape of the park.
You can easily spot the Big Five of Africa along with millions of wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, crocodile and other varied species of animals can be spotted at Serengeti.
You can also visit the Oldupai Gorge and the Kopjes of during your game drives and discover them.
How to get there?
Serengeti National Park is accessible by both roadways and airways.
Roadways: It is about 8 hours drive time from Arusha Town. You can reach Serengeti from Arusha either by taking private taxis or shuttle buses.
Airways: Serengeti is well connected by domestic flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport. Direct charter flights from Kilimanjaro or Julius Nyerere International Airport are also available to the park’s airstrip. Arusha Airport/ARK
At Serengeti National Park you can do an array of activities such as:
- Game drives
- Night drives
- Walking Safari
- Hot- Air Balloon Safari
- Bird watching
- Bush dinners
Although outnumbered eight to one, the zebra join in the migration, maintaining their family units of about a dozen members, each with a dominant stallion. Lion, cheetah, hyena and hunting dog follow the wildebeest and zebra, making sure that only the fittest survive. In November, when the grazing is finished in the North, this army of animals surges back to the now green pastures of the south, where they calve and mate before starting the entire cycle again.Normally, the best time to see the animals here is during January and February. Heading north into the Park, the grass becomes noticeably longer, and it is usual to see Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, as well as the occasional small groups of topi and kongoni. Out of the vast sea of grass also rise great granite outcrops, known as ‘kopjes’, which have their own range of vegetation and wildlife. Towards Seronera, the Park headquarters, the landscape becomes more varied. Hills rise out of plains criss-crossed by small rivers. Umbrella acacia trees appear, elegant and serene, contrasting with the twisted commiphora trees.