Still figuring out whether to rent a car in Tanzania for your self-drive holiday in the Serengeti National Park or you want to hire both a car and a driver? Serengeti National Park by itself is a magical wilderness paradise, one reason most holidaymakers on Tanzania safari confine here to explore and experience its natural wonders.
Before you set off for your next holiday whether on self-drive trip or guided safari in a Land Cruiser, take note that Serengeti National Park is generally a vast Tanzania safari park. To have in-depth exploration in this spectacular wilderness areas requires you to plan a head and most significantly, how you plan to get around it does matter a lot.
Renting a 4×4 safari car for your self-drive holiday in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania is incredibly the wisest decision one can make. Here is a guide to your self-drive holiday in the Serengeti.
Is it possible to go for a self-drive holiday in the Serengeti National Park?
Yes, Serengeti National Park is a safe and secure self-drive holiday destination in Tanzania. Serengeti is best to explore on self-drive while using a 4×4 Land Cruiser rental car. It is an extensive park and forms the famed Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. It has a breathtaking landscape yet also blessed with diverse wildlife, most of which can be sighted while in 4×4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roof.
Serengeti National Park is one of the most sought-after self-drive holiday destinations in the Northern circuit. It is one magical destination in East Africa where wildebeest migration can clearly be witnessed. Wildebeest migration experience is a lifetime wildlife experience making self-drive trip to the Serengeti a must-do while on Tanzania safari. In addition, your self-drive involves exploring the park’s big African game, birds plus other wildlife.
Access to Serengeti National Park may depend on the gate but you can get here through Loduare Gate to Ngorongoro Crater entrance. This is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive. Drive from Ngorongoro Crater up to Naabi Hill Gate or Serengeti entrance for 2 hours and 30 minutes. You may also drive from Seronera up to Lobo 2 hours and starting from Arusha to Seronera, 9-10 hours’ drive.
How much are the entrance fees to the Serengeti National Park Tanzania?
As of 2019-2020, the Serengeti National Park’s entry fees were set at $70.80 per visitor on Tanzania safari holiday. This is valid for only 24 hours but includes VAT of 18 percent. The fee covers tourists on safari in Tanzania and also if they are on transit through Ngorongoro Conservation Area or if they are on return trip to Arusha. Rental cars are charged Tshs. 41300 for park entrance fees if you are driving a Toyota Land Cruiser during your self-drive holiday in Serengeti National Park.
Hiring the park ranger guide costs $23.60 and this can be done even at Serengeti park gate. Unlike Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park, guided nature walks in Serengeti aren’t possible. Avoid paying for entrance twice especially for Ngorongoro Conservation Area when your plan is to visit Serengeti National Park and or while on your return journey to Arusha. You can avoid double entrance fee payment by exiting via Klein’s Gate to the North-east.
Planning for your park permits while on self-drive holiday in Tanzania
TANAPA which manages all Tanzania national parks requires that holidaymakers pay for their permits at the entrance. The acceptable mode includes use of credit card (you can use visa or MasterCard). Cash/debit isn’t accepted and you do not need to book for your permit in advance. Tourists who plan to visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area on self-drive holiday can pay for their permits at the entrance but an entrance quote should be obtained before you get to the park to clear the entry fees.
Wildebeest migration experience in the Serengeti Tanzania
Witnessing the wildebeest migration is a dream come true on self-drive safari or guided safari in the Serengeti National Park. This vast protected area comes after Masai Mara as the best spots to witness the wildebeest migration. The most ideal time to have the best of this lifetime experience is from July to September.
Places to stay on Tanzania self-drive holiday in Serengeti National Park
There are many affordable places for visitor overnight stay on self-drive holiday in Serengeti National Park. You can have a night stay at the best public campsites, private campsites or rent a car in Tanzania with rooftop tents.