Serengeti National Park
Tanzania is a gem of East Africa and is one of the most-visited parts of the whole continent, which is no surprise considering the offerings it makes to travellers. There is, of course, the Roof of Africa, also known as Mount Kilimanjaro, climbed by some 30,000 people each year. And there is the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania too – the Northern Circuit route offering an insight into Africa’s wildlife and geography like no other.
Best Time To Go
Average Safari Cost
From $200 to $600 pp/day
Great Wildebeest Migration, lots of predators, an authentic African experience and hot-air balloon safaris
Why Visit Serengeti National Park?
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the most famous national parks in the world and is one of the oldest, too. It has been named as an UNESCO World Heritage site and this is no doubt due to its authentic, natural and gorgeous experience of Africa and its wildlife.
It’s not the cheapest park, but Serengeti is undoubtedly worth it. You will be at one with the wild and the circle of life no matter what time of year you go. During February, there is the wildebeest calving, where animals hunt and prey and protect all in front of your very eyes.
Serengeti has the animals you’ve always dreamed of seeing, including cheetahs, buffalos and hyenas, and offers you an insight into the heart of Africa.
Pros And Cons
- The annual Great Wildebeest Migration can be seen during late June through to October
- Huge number animals at the Serengeti available to view
- The landscape is stunning – valleys, rivers, forests, grassy plains and rocky terrain
- There is also an opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or at least see it
- The park can get crowded during the months of June and July
- It is very hot at the optimum viewing time due to it being dry season
- There are lots of biting insects and a risk of malaria you must take into account when planning your trip
Best Time To Go
We don’t just recommend the best time of year off the top of our heads, we do take into account science and geography. So when we say that the best months to visit are June to February, we mean it because it’s the dry season in Tanzania.
The dry season means vegetation is thinner than at other points during the year, so you can easily track bush and tree wildlife. There are also fewer mosquitoes in the months of June to October, so there’s a reduced risk of malaria. While it’s hot in the afternoon, take warning that Tanzania is consistently cool to cold during the night and early morning, so taking some warm clothing with you is a wise idea.
A minimal amount of rain means the more you gain. You don’t want to miss a thing because of the weather, so it’s better to put up with the heat of Tanzania’s afternoons in the dry season than limit your opportunities.
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Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Trails 5 Nights 6 Days Safari - Book NOW, save 10%
Tanzania is regarded as one of the big countries in East Africa and terms of size and this has come having many and big national parks and reserves. The most common and famous ones are in the Northern part which includes Serengeti National park known for the great wildebeest migration, Ngorongoro national park and its crater lake as well as Lake Manyara National Park. This is what makes this safari the best and Tanzania and most preferred by millions on people who visit these parks. It is important to note this safari is available any day as long as 2 or more are booked ex Arusha with free return airport transfers.
5 Day Impressive Tanzania Safari
On this 5-day lodge safari, you will visit the Tarangire and Serengeti National Park as well as the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you immerse in Africa’s breath-taking nature and wildlife. Tarangire National Park is an endless tree savannah including the impressive baobab trees and seasonal marshes. It is also home to the largest elephant herds in northern Tanzania. In addition to elephants you are also likely to spot giraffes, buffaloes, lions, zebras, gnus and other types of antelopes and gazelles. The Serengeti National Park offers a multitude of wildlife, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and much more. It is also the heart of the annual wildebeest migration. The Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera, covering 100 sq.miles (260 sq.km) in Northern Tanzania. The Crater is a World Heritage Site, and is seasonally home to over 25,000 animals in including a wide variety of birds, hyenas and the “Big Five”. This tour includes an overnight stay at Lake Burunge Tented Camp, two nights at Kati Kati Camp in the Serengeti and ends off with an overnight stay at Farm Dreams Lodge. Scheduled Safari: Minimum 2 guests needed to depart and maximum 7 per vehicle with a guaranteed window seat and departures on Tuesdays and Friday
4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari
The Big Five Wildlife Discovery is supported by a team of friendly and attentive camp staff and led by professional English-French-Spanish- and/or Italian-speaking guides. Retrofitted “stretch” 4 x 4 Land Rovers are fully equipped with window seats and open hatch space for each passenger assuring 360 degree wildlife viewing and photography.
Wildlife And Birds
With its many fascinating big cats, massive buffalo herds, regal elephant and gracious giraffe families, Serengeti is the most visited national park in Tanzania.
Experience of Serengeti is unforgettable right from the start. Enter the gate and lose yourself in a majestic landscape of as-if floating grasslands. Its endless animals in this absolutely stunning landscape roam free.
So at the very gate, prepare yourself for an experience, that couldn't be captured even by the cinematographic genius of Planet Earth...
Of course you’ll spot some of the 1.5 million wildebeest if you’re there during the migration and you may also catch the occasional leopard if you’re in the right place at the right time.
- Black rhino
- Wild dog
- Golden jackal
- Black-backed jackal
The birds at Serengeti are also marvellous. This national park has recorded over 500 bird species, including five types found nowhere else on the planet.
You can see the Fischer’s lovebird, the Rufous-tailed weaver, green-backed woodpecker and the yellow-throated sandgrouse to name but a few as Serengeti is part of Africa’s Endemic Bird Areas, meaning it is a land vitally important for a habitat-based bird conservation strategy, hence why it is one of the best places to bird-watch in all of the African continent. What a wonderful world the Serengeti opens up to any traveller.
- Long-billed tailorbird
- Madagascar pond heron
- Amani sunbird
- Usambara weaver
- Lappet-faced vulture
- Abbott’s starling
- Banded sunbird
- Blue swallow
- Rufous-winged sunbird
- Ashy starling
- Fischer’s lovebird
- Grey-breasted spurfowl
- Loveridge’s sunbird
- Pemba green pigeon
- Usambara eagle owl
- Kilombero weaver
Getting There And Safety
For details about visas see our Tanzania Safari - Complete Travel Guide.
Please note that malaria risk is high around the year in all areas below 1,800m. To protect yourself you should avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve tops and long trousers especially in the evenings, using insect repellents and, when required, sleeping under a mosquito net.
For more details about vaccinations see our Tanzania Safari - Complete Travel Guide.
Going on a safari in Africa comes with obvious risks. We recommend you get travel insurance for all safaris in Tanzania. Make sure your insurance has full medical coverage, emergency air evacuation, repatriation and the standard travel insurance for cancellations, delays and luggage cover.
Check the World Nomads’ travel insurance calculator to see the cost of the safari trip cover.
You should pack clothes suitable for both hot and cold weather as days can be very hot followed by very cold nights. Your clothes should be in neutral tones, not bright colours. Other items to pack include: insect repellent, camera, torch, binoculars, sunglasses and sun block.
For more details on what to pack see our Safari Packing List.