SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

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Safari in Serengeti National Park

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Maasai language, a description that the Serengeti fully lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your lodge is one continuous safari! The park is typically described as divided into 3 regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. This is one of the most spectacular natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti.

En-route Game drive

The Serengeti National Park stretches 14763 square km North to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the West. On arrival at this one of a kind National Park you immediately continue with your game drive en-route to your accommodation. This is a great warm up for what is about to come during your time in this park of the vast plains. Most of the national park is open and grassy. Many visitors get most excited about spotting the wild cats here are many of lions in the Serengeti and you have a fair chance to see cheetahs, although they are difficult to spot. We recommend to actively help your ranger to search the area. Ultimately, when it comes to good sightings, the Serengeti rarely disappoints!

 

Full day of Game Drive

In the early morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can reveal its cool side, so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the wee hours are the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley is commonly termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. These full day safaris are the best way to see the complete of what this magnificent park has to offer.

Safari in Seronera and the Southern Plains

This expedition’s section is seen as the ‘classic’ Serengeti with a large expanse of open grasslands where different animal species ranging from the majestic lion to the panicky ostrich live.

The Serengeti plain is punctuated by granite and gneiss outcroppings known as kopjes. These outcroppings are the result of volcanic activity and provide a microhabitat for non-plains wildlife. The Simba and Moru kopjes are home to different troops of lions and have inspired the Disney movie “The Lion King”

 

Safari in Lobo and the Northern Serengeti

The quiet northern part of the Serengeti is characterized by refreshing green hills undulating all the way to the Kenyan border. Due to the relatively dense vegetation, this area is more difficult for seeing wildlife, but gives you a chance to spot leopards.

Though it is best visited in September and October when large numbers of wildebeests and other ungulates migrate in search of food and water, there is plenty to see throughout the year as most of the elephant population of the Serengeti comes here. At the foot of the Lobo hills lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other felines plus hyenas can be encountered. If you have enough time during your expedition, try to visit this area.

 

The Western Passage

The relatively narrow arm of the Serengeti which stretches from the western part of the Seronera Valley almost to the shore of Lake Victoria is much flatter than the other parts. The vegetation of the Western Passage is characterized by woodland, interspersed with areas of open grassland and dense gray ‘whistling thorn’ acacia trees.

In this part of the park the tourist traffic is low despite the good opportunities to see wildlife. In-between the months of May and July the famous migrating animals pass through here, but it also draws others from the east especially in seasons of heavy rain.

Besides a few small isolated mountain ranges, this area is mainly dominated by two rivers: the Grumeti and the Mbalageti. Crossing the Grumeti River is one of the most dramatic parts of the annual wildebeest migration and provides a feast for the dense population of giant crocodiles that inhabit its waters!

 

Hot air balloon safari

Fancy a hot air balloon over the famous Serengeti National Park with its enchanting scenery. This may be the most stunning area in the world for a balloon flight. There are no fences or power lines and relatively few roads. Your Balloon expedition adventure starts in the wee hours when you depart your lodge or camp. Its still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the launch site. When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. The capacity is limited making this experience a special and exclusive one. The balloon expedition is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather conditions. You’ll end this excursion in style with a champagne bush breakfast in the middle of the park!

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