Serengeti national park Tanzania : is a national park which is found in the northern part of Tanzania and it is a destination which is famous for wildlife viewing.
Annually many tourists visit Serengeti national park and take part in wildlife viewing and the search for the big five such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos and many other animals found at the destination.
The wildebeest migration is also part of the safari experience in Serengeti national park where over 2 million wildebeests mover across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem during different months of the year in search of greener pastures.
Serengeti national park apart from offering amazing wildlife viewing during safaris is also among the oldest and large national parks of Tanzania with an ecosystem that stretches up to the Ngorongoro conservation area and Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.
In size, Serengeti national park covers about 14,750 square kilometers and the national park is made up of savannah plains, acacia woodland, riverine forests and also kopjes with a beautiful landscape that can be enjoyed during safaris at the destination.
The different parts of Serengeti national park which you can explore during a tour include the northern Serengeti which is known for the river crossings along Mara river during the wildebeest migration, the central Serengeti, western Serengeti and also the southern part of Serengeti also referred to as the Ndutu area.
Highlights of safaris in Serengeti national park include the wildebeest migration, the big five, predators in big numbers, endless savannah plains as well as numerous bird species which can be seen during tours around the park.
When it comes to wildlife viewing in Tanzania, a Tanzania safari in Serengeti national park is worth it and some of the wildlife species which can be seen around the park include elephants, wildebeests, antelopes, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, impalas, zebras, gazelles, dik dik, kudu, waterbucks, elands, hartebeests, reedbucks, oribi, bushbucks and many others.
The wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park is a destination which is known for the wildebeest migration in Tanzania.
- January, February and March
The wildebeest migration can be seen in the southern part of Serengeti national park which is referred to as the Ndutu area during the months from January to March.
This period is also referred to as the calving season and is a time when over 8,000 wildebeest calves are born daily in the grass plains of Serengeti national park. Many predators like lions and leopards can also be seen waiting to prey on the wildebeests as they hide in the grass plains.
- April and May
After the calving season in the southern part of Serengeti national park, the wildebeests move to the central parts of Serengeti which is also referred to as the Seronera area.
The months of April and May are the rainy season therefore wildlife viewing is a little difficult but possible and the vegetation is greener which favors photography.
- June, July and August
The wildebeest migration from June to August can be seen around the western part of Serengeti national park where the Grumeti river crossings take place.
Another point for the river crossings during the wildebeest migration in Tanzania is the Mara river which is found in the northern part of Serengeti national park. the wildebeests cross the Mara river to get to the Kenya side where the herds continue their movement to Masai Mara reserve found in the south western part of Kenya which is another location where the wildebeest migration can be seen during safaris.
After moving to Kenya, the wildebeests stay there up to around October and then return to the savannah plains of Serengeti national park and the wildebeest migration starts all over.
The best time for Tanzania wildlife viewing in Serengeti national park is the dry season from June to October when wildlife species can be seen around water sources in the national park. In other seasons of the year, you can also go to Serengeti national park for a tour and enjoy seeing the wildlife species as they graze around the savannah plains.
Park entrance fees for Serengeti national park
Park entrance fees for Serengeti national park is among the charges which tourists visiting the destination are required to pay.
Nonresidents above the age of 16 years visiting Serengeti national park are charged park entrance fee of 70 USD in the high season and 60 USD in the low season (excluding 18% tax) and children between 5 and 15 years visiting the national park are charged entrance fee of 20 USD excluding 18% tax.
Residents pay entrance fee of 35 USD in the high season and 30 USD in the low season excluding 18% tax for those above the age of 16 years visiting Serengeti national park and children aged between 5 and 15 years visiting the national park are charged park entrance fee of 10 USD excluding 18% tax.
Tanzanians visiting Serengeti national park are charged entrance fee of 10,000 Tanzania shillings excluding 18% tax for those above 16 years of age and those aged between 5 and 15 years of age are charged park entrance fee of 2,000 Tanzania shillings excluding 18% tax.
Safari activities in Serengeti national park include game drives, nature walks, hot air balloon safaris and also bird watching. These activities can be done in different parts of the national park during tours at the destination.
How to get to Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park can be accessed by flight and also by driving. During Tanzania safaris, the drive from Arusha to Serengeti national park takes about 7 hours.
The flight option takes a shorter time and these flights to Serengeti national park are offered by domestic airlines such as Coastal Aviation, Regional Air, Flight Link among others. the airstrips found in the national park include Kogatende airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Seronera airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Lobo airstrip among others.
Book a safari to Serengeti national park for an enjoyable wildlife viewing experience during a tour in Tanzania.