Tanzania: Step into the Glorious Past
In Masai language, it means “endless plains” and Serengeti National Park truly stands up to its name! Hailed as one of the greatest game parks, Serengeti with its overflowing natural bounty is a flicker of inspiration to photographers, filmmakers and writers! You never know what it has in store for you!
Excited and eager to make the journey of a lifetime to Serengeti National Park? Let’s pump up your adrenaline by a few notches in the next few minutes.
At A Glance
Serengeti is the oldest and the most popular national park of Tanzania. It has attained the status of a heritage site and has also recently got into the list of the Seven Wonders of the World. Serengeti is famed for its annual migration. It is the time when around 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle come together for fresh grazing. Crocodiles of Serengeti are also its claim to fame!
The closest international airport to Serengeti is Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha. KLM from Amsterdam is currently the only international airline that operates here. Other airlines like the Swissair fly to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam from where you will have to board scheduled or charter flights to Arusha.
You can also get here by car. The connecting road to Serengeti
“ from Arusha passes the gate of Lake Manyara National Park, mounts the Rift Valley Escarpment, goes on through communal farming lands to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, drops down onto the plains past Olduvai Gorge to the east, and enters the Serengeti through Naabi Hill Gate.”
The total distance is about 325 km and the drive takes about 8 hours!
When to Go?
If Wildebeest migration is in your checklist, then the span between December and July is the ideal time to visit. However, to see the predators, visit in the time between June and October.
Scattered through the park are six luxury tented camps, four lodges and other camp sites. More camps are on the verge of opening.
Nevertheless, the top accommodation options at Serengeti are:
- Dunia Camp Serengeti
- Serian Serengeti
- Olakira Cap
- Ikoma Tented Camp
- Sayari Camp Serengeti
What to see?
Since Serengeti’s claim to fame lies with the annual migration of its wildlife, of course, you have planned a visit there. Your view will be dominated by the majestic spectacle of predator versus prey! You can feast your eyes on lions with golden mane feasting on the plain grazers, solitary leopards around the acacia trees lined along the Seronera River and the southeastern plains dominated by the cheetahs!
The Serengeti wildlife is unique because,“all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.”
But the diversity of Serengeti wildlife is not limited to just mammals. From gaudy agama lizards to hyraxes scuffle and 100 varieties of dung beetles are there to entertain you. Supporting this grand act are over 500 bird species which include outsized ostrich to black eagles.
Of course, you can heighten the charm of your visit by participating in the following
- Try a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti plains
- Visit the Olduvai Gorge where some path-changing archeological discoveries were made
- Make a trip to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater
- There are two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves, which will surely excite you.
With all such exciting things on offer, Serengeti National Park…one of the world’s oldest ecosystems will surely make your visit an unforgettable one!