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Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park measuring 5,700 sq miles. It is Tanzanias oldest national park and the main tourism safari northern circuit. It receives over 350,000 visitors each year. The Serengeti ecosystem covers 14% of Tanzania landmass. In the north, the park borders Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Serengeti National Park is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest and around 250,000 zebras. The park is also known for its numerous Nile crocodiles and honey badgers. The park is mainly classified into three regions: Serengeti plains, the western corridor and Northern Serengeti where the migration crosses the Mara river. Tourists will usually spot the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros and buffalo. There is also a wide variety of other wildlife, reptiles, birdlife, insects and plantlife that will satisfy the descerning tourist looking for a unique adventure.
The park is known worldwide for its abundance of wildlife and biodiversity. The migratory and resident wildebeests numbering over 1.5 million constitute the largest animal population. Other animals found here in large numbers include: zebra, gazelle, topi, hartebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog and hippo. Rarely seen species include: eland, klipspringer, roan antelope, bushbuck, lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx and dik dik. The most popular animals among tourists are the big five, i.e. lions: where with about 3,000 lions, Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa, leopard: these are commonly seen in Seronera valley, elephant: they number over 5,000 and are particularly numerous in the northern region of the park, Black rhino: mainly found around the kopjes in the centre of the park but very few individuals remain due to poaching and buffalo: with around 50,000 inside the park.
• The wide variety of other animals that can be seen include: cheetah, hyena, jackals, wolf, honey badger, serval cat, mongooses, otters, African wild dog, baboons, monkey, colobus, aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, hyraxes and hare.
• For the ornithologist enthusiasts over 500 bird species spotted here include: ostrich, secretarybird, kori bustards, guineafowls, hornbill, crested cranes, marabou storks, yellow-billed stork, lesser flamingo, martial eagles, lovebirds, oxpeckers and vultures.
• Reptiles that can be spotted include: crocodile, tortoise, hinged terrapin, rainbow agama, monitor, chameleons, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, frogs, lizards and puff adder.
Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, luxury tented camps, open-air camping sites and mobile tented camps. Accommodation include among others:
• Serengeti SOPA Lodge - located in Nyarboro Hills overlooking the plains of Serengeti.
• Camp Zebra - a highly experienced mobile tented camp safari accommodation.
• Luxury safari tented camps.
• Open-air campsites.
• Mobile camping sites
• Picnic sites.
Tourist accommodation varies from luxury to the most basic rooms for the budget traveller. It is a popular tourist destination and therefore accommodation feature all the neccessary amenities a visitor would require. It is very suitable for all travellers. The park include several airstrips such as seronera.
✓ Buffalo Luxury Camp ✓ Dunia Camp ✓ Ikoma Tented Camp ✓ Kati Kati Camp ✓ Kiota Camp ✓ Kirurumu Serengeti Camp ✓ Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp ✓ Robanda Tented Camp ✓ Sayari Camp ✓ Serengeti Bushtops Camp ✓ Serengeti Pioneer Camp.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
In 1913 an American hunter by the name Stewart Edward White set out from Nairobi and headed south. He walked for miles over burnt out country... "Then he saw the green trees of the river and walked for two miles more and found himself in paradise". This paradise was the Serengeti. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth.
• Serengeti ecosystem - The Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the most varied collection of wildlife on earth. It is one of the last great migratory systems on Earth that is still intact. Serengeti is the most scenic area of natural beauty such that it has attracted film makers like the 'rhino story of Rajabu' among several others.
• Wildebeest migration - Over 1.5 million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras move from the northern hills of the Serengeti to the southern plains during the short rains every October and November, and then move west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. Their strong ancient instinct urge them to move from drought areas to green pastures where gorges and crocodile infested rivers cannot hold them back. When the smell of rain reaches the pregnant cows they head south to the short grass plains where the new green shoots emerging up through the mineral-rich volcanic soil, provide essential nutrition for the unborn calves, usually born in the month of February in the far south. After the birthing season and at the end of the long rains of April and May, the animals return north, passing through the western corridor on their way back across the border and the Mara River into Kenya.
• Balloon safari: An early morning balloon safari provided before breakfast gives you more chance to explore this game park. Wildebeests and the scenery from a birds eye view is breathtaking
(Note – Hot air balloon is an excursion booked separately. It is advisable that you book it early to avoid disappointment.)
• Ngorongoro Crater - Ngorongoro is often described as one of the wonders of the world. It boasts the world's largest intact volcanic caldera (a cauldron-like feature formed by the collapse of land after a volcanic eruption). Book a guided tour to explore this incredible area and its wildlife, which includes the rare black rhino.
• Olduvai gorge - This is an important archaeological site where Louis and Mary Leakey carried out important early mankind discoveries.
• Moru and Maasai Kopjes - Discover these unusual islands of eroded granite rock situated in a sea of grass and with a unique ecosystem.
• By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac on the northern side from Nairobi through Namaga border point in Kenya and through Dae es salaam and Arusha on the south eastern side. The park is also accessible on the east by road from Kilimanjaro.
• By Air: The nearest international airports are Kilimanjaro and Arusha. Zanzibar, Dar es salaam and Mombasa are viable options for those wishing to combine a beach holiday with a Serengeti safari.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Tanzania tourism development tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are NOT accurate but approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
Tourism development levy - It currently stands at US$ 1.5 per person per day including children.
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on Tourism development Tarrifs.
• Tanzanian law protects the whole Serengeti ecosystem from human pressures. It prevents human-wildlife conflict. As a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If visiting Ngorongoro crater and other caves, it is your responsibility to ensure that you stand at a safe distance from the descend.
• The park is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
• Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Seronera airstrip are available from Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es salaam and Zanzibar Airports.
Airport transfers are available at an additional charge. Please let us know that we need to pick you up at the airport upon your arrival. Do not assume.