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Arusha Airport
Serengeti National Park
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 200

Serengeti National Park is a famous national park found in northwestern Tanzania, it’s one of the oldest national parks in this country. The park is famous for the annual migration of over 250000 zebras, crocodiles, honey badger as well as 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest. Serengeti National Park was made a reserve in 1921 and was established in 1951.

Detailed Itinerary

The park covers an area of over 14,750 square kilometers of savannah, riverine forest, grassland plains as well as woodlands. It has got many animal species including; 2500 lions, 1000 leopards, African Bush elephants, African buffalos, eastern black Rhinoceros, Thomson’s and grant’s gazelles, wildebeest, topis, water bucks, eland, striped hyenas, spotted hyenas, baboon, eastern African wild dog, impalas, as well as masai giraffes, the park has over 500 bird species including; vultures, love birds, martial eagles, crowned cranes, Marabou storks, Kori bastards, ostriches as well as the secretary bird.

Tour highlights

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Day 2: Have Full day game viewing in the park

Day 3: Transfer back to Arusha and Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Departure & Return Location

Julius Nyerere International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Mwanza International Airport
 

Departure Time

Price Includes

  • Tour inclusions
  • photography and touring
  • full board accommodation
  • Full-time English-speaking professional driver/guide
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Transportation
  • Airport transfer

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania hotel fees (the eve of the safari and the night after the safari)
  • Beverages/ drinks
  • international flights
  • optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Visas, Items of a personal nature
  • Tips, Laundry services
Things to See and Do in Serengeti National Park
/Serengeti National Park Activities - Tanzania Safari Tours

 Serengeti National Park found in Tanzania is one of the most famous parks in the world and the ultimate destination for game drives or witnessing the astounding, annual Great Migration. Boundless plains punctuated with spiky acacia trees, Serengeti kopjes, hippo and crocodile-laden rivers, and a landscape home to the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants) and more than 475 bird species–it’s no wonder the Serengeti precedes its reputation as a wildlife haven. Overnighting in a safari tent under the stars can be an exhilarating experience itself.

  Game Drive in the Park

Games drives are the quintessential experience in Serengeti National Park and hands-down the best way to catch sight of the Big Five along with scores of other animals and absorb the magic of the plains. The options are endless it seems when searching for the right drive (be sure to do your research and catch up on plenty of reviews before booking). Making a sight-seeing priority list is a great way to narrow your focus down to what you want to see–not all areas of the park are the same and some take longer to get to than others. Roads are rough and distances long so visitors should note that the African massage is almost inevitable at some point. Professional guides can make a great trip into a fantastic one with their skill for spotting wildlife and explaining the ecosystem and animals in depth.

 Explore the Serengeti Visitor Center

Visitors’ centers can be a treasure trove of information but sometimes get left out of the picture because so many are very underwhelming. The Serengeti Visitor Center features a walking path for self-guided walks where exhibits and detailed signs educate on Serengeti history, its wildlife, and the ecosystem. There’s also a very good chance of spotting wildlife on route and a wealth of smaller critters like vibrant agama lizards and birds. The center also offers a really nice picnic area with tables with thatch umbrellas for shade, washrooms, and a gift and coffee shop at the Seronera Park headquarters. The center is a great place to stretch your legs, burn off some energy, and enjoy some insight into the history of the plains.

 Explore a Maasai Village

The semi-nomadic Maasai people, who live in the Great Rift Valley along northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, have a long history with the Serengeti plains and ecosystem. They are East Africa’s most renowned tribe because of their villages’ close proximity to many favored game reserves, they’re dedication to traditional practices, and their vibrant and unmistakable attire. The villages, called bomas, are open to visitors–the Maasai are friendly people–who are engaged by learning about the Maasai way of life: traditions, customs, and lifestyle. A typical village visit generally includes a look at a local school, a short dance ceremony, and the chance to peruse and buy some locally made traditional handicrafts (an important source of income for the Maasai). While some visits might be fairly authentic, some can feel choreographed and commercial. This is one activity that requires some thought before committing.

Have Nanight Game Drive 

The Serengeti is filled with nocturnal animals that cannot be seen during daytime game drives. Booking a night drive is the only way to see the extensive number of nocturnal animals living throughout the area include aardvarks, civets, bush babies, nightjars (birds), and maybe even some hunting predators (now that’s an incredible sight!). There are also hyena, jackals, impala, giraffes, foxes, and zebra–there’s quite a list of night-loving animals. Night drives aren’t permitted directly in the park yet some outfitters have permission to operate them on the very outskirts of the park, offering a much different perspective. Without any park fencing, the outskirts still afford great opportunity to see the likes of almost any animal found within park boundaries. The thrill of glowing eyes and the sound of wildlife at night is pretty spectacular and also a terrific way to beat the heat.

 Witness the Moru Kopjes

The plains of central Serengeti are home to Moru kopjes that look like miniature mountains or small islets in an ocean of grass. Bushes, trees, and vines rise out of these interesting, seasoned, and massive rock formations which provide small pools of water, shade, and a necessary vantage point for hunters like cheetahs, lions, and leopards. The Moru kopjes are the most popular and most often visited kopjes, some which are adorned with paintings created by cattle herding Maasai. On game drives, guides are usually quick to point out the kopjes–grab a pair of binoculars and take a look as they’re a great place to spot not only big cats but small mammals too. Kopjes are also a particularly favored spot of the black rhino and the kopjes are the best spot in Serengeti National Park to see them.

Hear the Call of the Wild

Staying overnight in safari tent can be an exceptional experience if sleeping outdoors isn’t unnerving. Rustling elephants, chirping crickets, jackal’s yelping, cries of African eagles, and the mighty roar of lions is just the beginning of the magical sounds to be heard when overnight in the Serengeti. A basic tent will set you back approximately $50 USD for the campsite and accommodation or pay up to $1000 USD per night for the ultimate luxury tents with Egyptian cotton sheets, luxe furnishings, and a cook on hand–the location means much more than the tent though so going basic is good enough. There are plenty of to choose from: you can get settled after a day of game driving and enjoy a bush dinner onsite under the stars, and even take a night drive afterwards–choices broad and so is everyone’s idea of a perfect safari experience.

 Visit Olduvai Gorge and relax your main

In the Arusha region in the eastern part of the Serengeti Plains is Olduvai Gorge, a paramount anthropological location where human fossils and ancient tools dating back more than two million years were discovered by famous anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1929. This discovery is said to have been invaluable in expanding our understanding of Human evolution. The extensive gorge was excavated thoroughly and more than 60 fossil remains of human ancestors were discovered. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, a plummeting ravine spanning s48 kilometers in length–it\s just over 40 kilometers from another significant archaeological point called Laetoli where volcanic ash has preserved ancient human footprints. Just a few kilometers south of the park’s border, Olduvai Gorge is a handy place to stop for anyone traveling between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

 Take a Balloon Safari Over the Plains

One of the best ways for an aerial view of Serengeti National Park is to take a hot air balloon to the skies. The entire, magnificent park expanse is in sight, albeit, for a hefty price with the added “bonus” of a glass of champagne and a full breakfast. Hot air balloons take off at dawn–a great time to see lots of movement on the ground. The rides aren’t too long but entirely worth it if you’ve got the means. Leaving at dawn, riders are afforded a phenomenal view as the sun rises over the plains and comes to an end when the sun starts really heating up. As it speaks out over the landscape, the balloon will come down and level but with the treetops for n excellent view of the animals before they seek shelter from the heat of the sun.

 See the Great Migration

If planning a visit to Serengeti National Park to see the Great Migration at Mara River (the most dramatic event) is in any way possible, make it happen. This fantastic spectacle is a migration of herds of millions of ungulates (hoofed animals) including zebras, wildebeests, gazelle, and impala. It is do-or-die for the weakest and most unlucky can get dragged down by crocodiles, pulled from herds by predators, or just too young or feeble to complete the journey. This natural and epic occurrence isn’t a one-time show but a cyclical, never-ending event that begins with calving season, then to searching for grasses, and on to mating. Then herds return to their point of origin in southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Be sure to let your guide know you want to see it since timing and movement are heavily dependent on weather and herds can be unpredictable.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Transfer from Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Have breakfast at your lodge or hotel in Arusha, and after start your transfer to Serengeti National Park at 7:00am. It’s approximately 335 km from Arusha town. This is also known as a world heritage site and it’s the oldest of the national parks. It’s mainly known for the annual wildebeests, 200000 zebras as well as 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle which migrate within the months of May, June, July, October, November and December. Upon your arrival at the park, you will check in at your lodge and proceed for a walking safari within the park.
Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation Options
Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Mid-Range: Asilia Dunia Camp
Budget: Usanja Camp

Day 2Have Full day game viewing in the park

Enjoy a game drive early in the morning to view all the nocturnal animals that are returning from hunting and the lions awaking in the dawn, again during the game drive, you will view many other animals on this Tanzania safari including; buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, topi, eland, Zebras, Kongoni, Lions, Solitary Leopards, Impalas, Hyenas, cheetahs, serval cats, wild dogs, lizards, the black Rhinoceros and many more. There are also many birds that will be spotted on a safari in Tanzania including the secretary birds, black eagles, Bizarre , Ostrich, Kori bastard, crowned crane, martial eagle, love birds, marabou Stork etc. Return to the lodge in the afternoon for lunch and relax for the evening.
Location: Serengeti National Park
Accommodation Options
Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Mid-Range: Asilia Dunia Camp
Budget: Usanja Camp

Day 3Transfer back to Arusha and Departure

Early in the morning, have your breakfast at the lodge and after start your transfer back to Arusha, having lunch on your arrival. Later, your guide will transfer you to the Airport for your departure flight.
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