Serengeti National Park Activities, Attractions-An Introduction
Serengeti National Park attraction(s) comprise of the location or destination Serengeti itself, what visitors see, the attractions or objects of tourist gaze within or without the park, what visitors do, activities and events on offer, the rich culture of the local people and the visitor experience at various points of contact with the locals and other visitors.
The Richness Of Serengeti National Park
During the migration, Serengeti accommodates over 5 millions animals with the resident population of about 2.5 million. The wildebeest population alone stands at 1.7 M during migration. All the 'Big Five' of Africa: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard are represented in Serengeti National Park. Besides the park has buffaloes, warthogs, zebras, gazelles, impala, reedbuck, oryx, topi, eland. Predators are represented by lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and hunting dogs. Recent count has revealed over 1500 elephants, 8000 spotted hyenas and 3000 lions.
Serengeti National Park Location
Serengeti is the largest park in Tanzania occupying an area of 14, 763 Km square. The conservation area has been protected since 1929 and acquired park status in 1951.
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Serengeti National Park Attractions And Activities
In summary tourist attractions in Serengeti National Park comprise of what people see, objects that attract the eyesight and what visitors do, activities at the destination
Serengeti National Park Attractions
Wildebeest Migration ranks number one among the top 10 attractions in Serengeti National Park which are:
Wildebeest migrationThe wildebeest migration spectacle is the never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.
Visitor Activities /What to doSerengeti National Park activities, what to do in Serengeti, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Serengeti. These includes Game drives, balloon safaris, nature walks, night game drives, cultural tours, mice, sundowners, wining and dining, picnics, bush breakfasts and meals, etc
The Seronera Visitor Center
To get a glimpse of what to expect in Serengeti
Rivers-Mara River, Grumeti River
Lakes-Lake Ndutu, Lake Victoria, Lake ndutu, Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron
Kopjes-the park is dotted with many kopjes including Naabi, Maasai, Barafu, Lobo, Borogonja and Moru Kopjes
Plains -Seronera, Ndoha, Dutwa, musabi, Togora, the Selai
Ngorongoro CraterNgorongoro has an impressive animal sighting. The crater is home to 25000 to 30000 big mammals including rare black rhinos, the beautiful scenery, phenomenal photography opportunities and local communities. Cultural visits organized through cultural tourism programs at Karatu. Other attractions include archeological site of Olduvai, Lake Natron and her flamingos, Empakai crater, the active volcano of Oldonyo le Ngai. Lake Natron is a Ramsar site, the breeding ground of lesser flamingos. The lake contains trona, called Sodium bicarbonate (Na3Co3) or washing powder a chemical essential for glass and detergent manufacturing. The lake's pinkish, reddish coloration (see photo) is attributed to availability of cyanobacteria and other bacteria organism that photosynthesis just like plants. Give Ngorongoro Crater a day, Lake Natron a day or two, Oldonyo Le Ngai 2 days
The Ndutu areaLocated to the south Serengeti /Ngorongoro is best explored in combination of Olduvai gorge. Ndutu highlights include archeological site of Olduvai, the Oldeani gorge, the shifting sands, the Olbalbal depression, Mt Makarot, the Selai Plains.
The Oldeani gorgeOldeani Gorge is world famous breeding ground of Ruppel's griffon (griffin) vulture. In the cliffs are Lamagyyer vultures, Nyanza swallow, klipspringers too. Oldeani is the best place to see authentic Masai morans
Mt Kilimanjarothe highest mountain in Africa
Mt Ol Donyo Le Ngaithe only active volcano in Tanzania
The Rift ValleyThe Riftvalley cuts across eastern plains of Serengeti
Profusion Of Birdlife
The local culture the local people -Masai,.
Predators in actionWith 8000 hyenas and 3000 lions, the serengeti is the best place to watch predators in action
Serengeti National Park has an overwhelming presence of mammals in terms of species and numbers. All the 'Big Five' of Africa: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard are represented in Serengeti National Park. Besides the park has buffaloes, warthogs, zebras, gazelles, impala, reedbuck, oryx, topi, eland. Predators are represented by lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and hunting dogss.
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in Serengeti National Park . Among the species to be found are mourning doves, Fly Catchers, Wablers, Pin tailed Whydahs, Eagles (Matial, Verreaux) Storks (Open-billed, Shoe-bill, Gonoreks (Papyrus and black headed), Pelilcans (Great White and Pink-backed) etc. Flocks of flamingoes are resident in the crater lakes.
What to do in Serengeti National Park?
Serengeti National Park activities, what to do in Serengeti, during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal) are what attracts them to Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park Activities
The most popular, top 10 activities in Serengeti National Park Are:-
- Game drives. Game drives are best undertaken in the morning and evening. However you can go opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunches
- Balloon Safaris. They depart at dawn with guests returning to their lodges after champaigne breakfast
- Nature walks. Nature walks are conducted by local guides from your lodges
- Bird walks/ warching
- Sundowners/ sunset watch meals and drinks - romantic samptous meals served with sparkling drinks in the most scenic locations as the sun sinks in the horizon is an experience never to be missed. Most of the facilities do offer these on request
- Night game drives
- Bush breakfasts/ dinners
- Camping - camping is available in the public and special campsites. Unlike public campsites, there is nothing special in Special campsites. Special campsites are do it yourself and lack amenities like toilets, showers, kitchens
- Swimming most of the lodges have fitness centers that feature swimming pools
- Mice- Meetings, Incentives, Conferences facilities are available in the lodges
- Cultural tours to the local villages
- Wildebeest migration
- Campfires are meeting or gatherings open to all guests. At the campfire ground is a big fire to keep the guests warm as they dance, tell stories and jokes, drink and exchange contact. Yes most of the campfires feature campfire bar where guests can order drinks. It is a lovely experience never to be missed
- Health and spa in massage parlours
- Wining and dining with numerous avenues and opportunities to sample local cuiseine
Popular Lodges In Serengeti National Park
Famous and popular lodges/ luxury tented camps in Serengeti National Park include Andbeyond Serengeti, Lemala Mara, Singita Sabora , Singita Farufaru Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Kubukubu Tented Lodge, Four Seasons Serengeti, Serengeti Katikati, Lemala Nanyukie Te, Lemala Mara, Nomad Lamai, Mkombe's House.
Serengeti National Park Accommodation Lodges Hotels/ Tented Camps Best Offers:
There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Serengeti varying from the luxury eco-lodges to basic campsites.-
Serengeti KatikatiUSD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC);USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC)
Mara KatikatiUSD 161PP HS (01JAN-31MAR/01JUN- 31OCT/16-31DEC; USD 130PP LS (15MAR-31MAY/01NOV- 31DEC.
Ndutu KatikatiUSD 161 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /16-31DEC); USD 130 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -15DEC).
Kubu Kubu TcUSD 271 PP HS (01Jan-31Mar/01JUN - 31Oct/16-31Dec; USD 174 PP LS (15Mar-31May/01Nov - 31Dec
Serengeti Serena LodgeUSD 316 PP Ps (01Jan-28Feb/ 01Jul 31Oct /22-31Dec); USD 251 PP Ps1(01-30JUN);USD 184 PP HS(01MAR-31MAR/JUN/ 01NOV-21DEC);USD 130 PP LS(01APR - 31MAY)
Mara Under CanvasUSD 370 PP HS (01Jan-14Mar/01Jun -31Dec USD 287 PP LS (15MAR-31MAY/ 01 - 31NOV)
Ndutu Under CanvasUSD 370 PP HS (01JAN-14MAR/ 01JUN 31OCT /01-31DEC) ;USD 287 PP LS(15MAR-31MAY /01NOV -30NOV
Bologonya Under CanvasUSD 370 PP HS (01Jan-14Mar/01Jun - 31Oct/01-31DecUSD 287 PP Ls (15Mar-31May/01- 31Nov)
Mara River TCUSD 517 PP HS (01JUL- 31OCT/ 01-31 DEC)USD 230PP LS (01MAY-30JUN/01NOV- 30NOV
Nomad LamaiUSD 1040 PP HS (01-04 JAN/JUL- OCT/22 -31DEC) USD 572 PP LS(05JAN- 15MAR /JUN/ 01NOV -22DEC)
Lamai Private HouseUSD 1040 PP HS (01-04 JAN/JUL- OCT/22 -31DEC) USD 572 PP LS(05JAN- 15MAR /JUN/ 01NOV -22DEC)
Mkombe's House LamaiUSD 1130 PP HS (01-04 JAN/JUL- OCT/22 -31DEC) USD 572 PP LS(05JAN- 15MAR /JUN/ 01NOV -22DEC)
Serengeti Safari CampUSD 726 PP HS (01JAN-15MAR/01JUN - 31OCT/22-31DECUSD 572 PP LS (16MAR-31MAY/01NOV - 21DEC
Serengeti Pioneer TcUSD 328 PP PS (01JAN-28FEB/ 01JUL 31OCT /01-31DEC) USD 299 PP MS(01- 31MAR/JUN /01-30NOV) USD 220 PP GS(01APR-31MAY/)
Serengeti Migration CampUSD 328PP HS (01JAN-28FEB/ 01JUL 31OCT /01-31DEC); USD 299 PP MS(01MAR-31MAR/JUN/01NOV -30NOV; USD 200 PP GS(01APR-31MAY)
Singita SaboraUSD 1562 PP; LS USD 1287PP
Singita Faru FaruUSD 1562 ; LS USD 1287
Singita Serengeti HouseUSD 8741 Per house HS; USD 6875 Per House LS
Singita SasakwaHS USD 1914 PP ;LS USD 1411 PP
Singita XploreUSD 4686 PER HOUSE HS; USD 3861 PER HOUSE LS
Singita Mara River TcUSD 1562 PP HS; USD 1287 PP LS
Sayari SerengetiUSD 1002.8 PP PS; USD 602.8 PP HS USD 546. 8 PP LS
Namiri Plains TcUSD 862.8 PP PS; USD 686.8 PP HS;USD 382. 8 PP LS
Kimondo TCUSD 758.8 PP PS; USD 702. 8 PP HS; USD 570.8 PP LS
Ubuntu TcUSD 638.8 PP PS; USD 590.8 PP HS; USD 510. 8 PP LS
Lemala Kuria HillsUSD 799.7 PP PS;USD 602.8PP HS; USD 444.4 PP LS
Lemala NanyukieUSD 704 PP PS; USD 508 PP HS; USD 444.4 PP LS
Lemala EwajaniUSD 528PP PS; USD 360.08 PP HS; USD 290.4 PP LS
Lemala MaraUSD 698.50 PP PS; USD 572.00 PP LS
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Serengeti National Park Getting There
Serengeti National Park Gates
Remember the rule is that you should enter the park through official gates. The gates in Serengeti include;
- Ndabaka Gate to the west as you approach from Mwanza
- Naabi Gate to the east as you approach from Ngorongoro
- Klein' Gate to the North East which gives access to Loliondo area
- Ikoma Gate North of Seronera
Every year, in the months of July August and September, over 1.7 million wildebeests accompanied by about 800,000 gazelles and Zebras migrate from Serengeti into Maasai (Masai) Mara and back. The river crossings are particularly dangerous as large crocodile lie in wait of unsuspecting animals, killing and maiming thousands of them. Besides predation, migrating herds have to contend with flooded rivers and disease outbreaks. The wildebeest mate in Maasai Mara and Calve in Serengeti.
The annual wildebeest migration is not about wildebeests migrating per se but rather its influence on the movement patterns of the other animals including human beings. Picture a never ending milling of over 2.5 million wild animals composed of a about 1.7 million wildebeests, and 800,000 common gazelles and zebras with predators-lions, hyenas, leopards, jackals etc following closely. In this picture add thousands of vultures providing air cover the to migrating animals, the goggling human traffic; the hazardous crossing of crocodile invested Mara and Grumeti rivers and behold your magical wonder of nature.
Where are the Wildebeest? Maasai (Masai) Mara or Serengeti? The Migration Cycle:-
The migration follows a clockwise direction dictated by the rain patterns in the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem. The Migration has been going on for as long as our ancestors can remember and where it started is debatable. The best times to view migration in Serengeti is December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August to November. Between December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over half a million calves annually. April and May still in Serengeti the calves matures and gets ready for migration. June is the month of crossing Grumeti River along the Northern Corridor towards Maasai Mara. In July/August, the herds cross the Mara River into Maasai (Masai) Mara, where mating takes place. By November the succulent grass in Mara is finished and the migrating herds heads for Serengeti where curving will take place and the entire cycle starts all over again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How long does it take to drive from Arusha/ Kilimanjaro Airport to Serengeti?
Accepted Answer: The drive from Arusha/ Kilimanjaro Airport to Serengeti National (Central Serengeti else Seronera takes 7 to 8 hours . Driving to Western Corindor also called Grumeti takes upto 12 hours.
Question: Can one fly to Serengeti?
Accepted Answer: Yes. If you are short of time or you are not a fun of long drives, you can fly directly from Arusha to Seronera in Central Serengeti, Grumeti in the western corrindor or Kleins Gate to the North. Flights take between1 hour 5min and 2 hrs and 20 Min. Flights from Dar es salaam take between 3 hrs 30 min and 5 hrs 20 min. Flights are available from Between Lake Manyara/ Ngorongoro/ Tarangire and Serengeti.
Question: Is self drive car hire allowed in Serengeti and Ngorongoro?
Accepted Answer: Yes. Self drive is allowed in Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Though a guide is recommended it is not a requirement or a must to have one in either Ngorongoro or Serengeti. Click here For self drive car hire .
Question: Will my credit card be charged at the park gate?
Accepted Answer: "Yes you can pay park entrance fees at the park gate using your credit card. But the best is you pay your park entry fees at Arusha in advance to avoid incoveniences if the computers in the park are down.
Question: When is the best time to see wildebeest migration in Serengeti?
Accepted Answer: The best times to view migration in Serengeti is December to Jul. While in Maasai Mara, the best time is August to November. Between December and March, the herds congregate in Eastern Serengeti Plains where carving takes place. Births accounts for over half a million calves annually. Click here for detailed information on wildebeest migration in Masai Mara and Serengeti
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