Serengeti National Park
Top Attractions in Serengeti
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is the oldest park in Tanzania established in 1951, a legend of Africa wildlife. The park has been dubbed “the cradle of human kind” thanks to the fossil remains discovered by Dr. Leakey the archaeologist at Oldvai gorge found in the park. The park is the world’s best wildlife exhibition tucked away in the Serengeti Plains in north-central Tanzania where it shares a border with Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park, extending almost to Lake Victoria and in the northwest of the adjoining Ngorongoro Conservation Area. With over 14,763 square kilometres of virgin nestling wilderness composed of endless rolling plains of savanna, rolling hills and a network of rivers offering a stage to the Great Migration miracle. The Wildebeest Migration brings to life the true essence of survival for the fittest where the beasts primal instincts to live is so robust that no distance, landscape, drought, land predator or water predator can stop them in their quest for survival during their annual migration.
Serengeti national park deserves the top Africa Safari destination position for it's the most diversified wildlife habitat in the whole world, a home to the African big five and several other large and fascinating mammals and over 500 bird species seasonally or perennially exist within the park, 5 of which are endemic to Tanzania. The Serengeti offers an incredible safari prospect all year round for the visitors.
The word Serengeti means a land that never ends in in the maasai dialect from the word “siringet” and true to their graphical account the plains of Serengeti national park embodies the "There's more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done" as articulated by the legendary musicians Tim Rice and Elton John in their opening tune to Disney's "The Lion King" a lyrical tribute to the circle of Life of the Serengeti national park. "We walked for miles over burnt out country …. Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise” a befitting tribute of the pristine Serengeti national park extracted from the Serengeti safari expedition diary of the great American hunter twirled conservationist Stewart Edward who walked the Serengeti plains in 1913.
Top things you simply must do in Serengeti NP
The Great Wildebeest Migration<
The migration, which starts in the Serengeti plains, sways over 2 million wildebeests, along with a number of gazelles and zebras traffic in a circular pattern between (Tanzania) Serengeti national park and masai mara national park (Kenya) in quest of fresh pastures. It involves distressed wildebeests, gazelles and zebras crossing the Grumeti River contaminated with water predators, like crocodiles, while on land predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs sneak up on their path to catch a sumptuous blood oozing fresh meal, a very nerve-wracking spectacle mildly to say.
A combination of the predominate activities of the park like night game drives, morning game drives, afternoon game drives, guided walking safari and hot air balloon. Despite the parks enormous size, one thing is certain as day follows night, the diverse large animal population of lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, hyenas, hippos, kongonis, impalas, giraffes and zebras will be effortlessly sighted by the visitors on a game drive, as for the black rhinos, one needs to be patient since they are rare but with adyeri creations seasoned guides their sighting will be inevitable however tough it may be.
The legendary park not only plays host to a great wildlife viewing but also offers a thrilling birding safari destination to all irrespective to whether they are a bird lovers, a bird photographers or ordinary holiday makers. The park hosts most some of Africa’s most beautiful bird species, registering over 500 bird species like the grey-chested helmet-shrike, Usambiro barbet, Fischer’s lovebird in the woodlands of the park, grey breasted spurfowl that is ordinarily sighted in Seronera and the rufous-tailed weaver are endemic to the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem. Some other bird species notable in the Serengeti national park are the schalow’s Turaco, yellow- throated sand grouse, black headed gonolek, red-capped robin-chat, ruppell’s vulture, red-backed scrub and much more. In the months of November – April migrant birds from Europe, Asia and North Africa make camp in the Serengeti plains and these are the best months for birding in Serengeti national park. These months also make up the nesting season to the resident birds.
With its vast virgin charming plains this park offers a mystic touch to camping thrill at serenora with very many excellent camping sites with out of this world magical views that come in all shapes, shades, color and sizes that will leave the visitors yearning for more. There are several camping sites and facilities in the park that come in different sizes, locations and prices nonetheless they all offer a trance like experiences and hence our guides at adyeri creations will choose for our clients the best there is depending on our client’s taste & budget.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
spend one-and-a-half hours silently floating over the savannah in a hot air balloon and it will fill you with enough memories to last a lifetime. You take off in the wee hours of the morning, float in the sky, drifting with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breathtaking African Sunrise, as sun comes up from Mt. Kilimanjaro, and catch a bird’s eye view of the national park.
Filming and Photography
This goes without saying whether you are a professional wildlife photographer or an amateur like the rest of us the legendary Serengeti park plains offer virgin infinite as if choreographed photography opportunities where you cannot defy the desire to click away at every opportune moment. Due to the abundant photographic instants to capture Adyeri creations advises its clients to carry an extra memory card to capture it all.
Best Time To Go
The Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year, but the rains might interfere with your game drives in the wettest months, April and May. The best times to visit are during the dry seasons which are June - September when the wildebeest migration is taking place, to view the wildebeest calving January - February will be the best season and the months of June and July will be the best for observing the wildebeest plunging into the crocodile infested river
The town of Arusha is the starting point for most of the safaris to Serengeti national park where there are regular flights from Arusha Airport to several airstrips inside Serengeti national park in the various regions however Serengeti is also linked by domestic flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport. By road in a private taxi or public bus on the 325km streak it takes about around about 8 hours to drive from Arusha to Serengeti a bumpy but scenic journey worth a trial
Where to stay
Serengeti national park by virtue of its accolades and legendary status and being the flagship of tourism in Tanzania it means there is an array of lodges, hotels and mobile tented camps waiting for visitors to book and have an unforgettable pristine safari in the Serengeti plains. Adyeri creations with the input of the clients in terms of their tastes and budget will ensure the clients get value for money and a time unforgettable in this prehistoric wildlife plain.