Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Serengeti national park in Tanzania is one of the popular wildlife viewing destinations in the country with diversity in wildlife species and endless plains with scenic views and a breathtaking landscape for a safari.

This national park in Tanzania covers over 14750 square kilometers and is home to the annual wildebeest migration which involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests accompanied by zebras and gazelles between the Mara and Serengeti eco system.

Serengeti national park is also home to the big 5 which is a description of the most difficult wildlife species to hunt on foot. The big 5 include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos as well as buffalos.

Being one of the oldest national parks in Tanzania, Serengeti national park is visited by tourists from different parts of the world interested in experiencing the wildebeest migration which is one of the natural wonders of the world.

Serengeti national park in Tanzania also has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife species with over 4000 lions which is considered one of the largest lion populations in Africa. Many other predators such as leopards and cheetahs can also be seen in big numbers during a safari in this national park.

This national park which is located in the northern part of Tanzania is also a UNESCO world heritage site and it was declared in 1979. Serengeti national park is also famous for its large area of open savannah and woodland which is home to various wildlife species.

This national park is made up of the central Serengeti which is also known as Seronera area, the western Serengeti and the northern Serengeti. Each of the different parts of this national park has unique attractions and also various wildlife species.

  • North of Serengeti national park in Tanzania is a part of the national park which is characterized by hills, open grassy plains as well as granite outcrops which are also referred to as kopjes. This part of the national park is located between the central part of Serengeti national park and Masai Mara national reserve.
  • West of Serengeti national park in Tanzania is a good part of the national park to witness the great wildebeest migration as well as the river crossings along the Grumeti river. It is made up of woodlands, floodplains, riverine forests as well as savannah plains.
  • Central Serengeti is also referred to as the Seronera area and is the most visited part of Serengeti national park in Tanzania. This area is made up of kopjes such as the Simba kopjes, Moru kopjes as well as endless savannah plains and woodlands.

There is abundant wildlife in the central part of Serengeti national park which also has a big concentration of predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs can also be seen during game drives in the national park.

Other wildlife species which can be seen in the central part of Serengeti national park include wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, elands, hippos, gazelles, elephants, rhinos, impalas, buffalos and many others.

Activities which are carried out in Serengeti national park include the following;

Game drives

Serengeti national park in Tanzania is one of the scenic wildlife viewing destinations in Tanzania with vast plains where you can engage in a morning game drive as you search for the different wildlife species in the national park in the comfort of your safari vehicle. A variety of wildlife species are active in the morning making them easy to see during a game drive.

Afternoon game drives can also be carried out in Serengeti national park in Tanzania while enjoying views of the different attractions around such as the kopjes which are rock outcrops found in the national park amidst the savannah plains.

During a safari in Serengeti national park in Tanzania, you can also enjoy a full day game driving experience which involves spending the whole day exploring the national park and searching for the various wildlife species such as zebras, wildebeests, elands, antelopes, elephants, giraffes, waterbucks and many others.

Guided nature walks

Another unique way of exploring Serengeti national park in Tanzania is a walking safari or the guided nature walk which involves moving on foot around the national park and getting a closer experience in the natural environment of the national park.

Spotting the wildlife species while on foot is an amazing experience and is also carried out in the company of a ranger guide who provides information about the wildlife species and also talks more about Serengeti national park.

Watching the sunset during these guided nature walks is also another aspect which is not forgotten while on safari in Serengeti national park in Tanzania.

Bird watching

Apart from enjoying the wildlife viewing experiences in Serengeti national park, you can also enjoy sighting out various bird species in the vast savannah of this national park which is home to over 500 bird species.

Bird species in Serengeti national park include both the native and migratory kind such as the rufous tailed weavers, ostriches, vultures, starlings, secretary birds, fisher’s lovebird, silver bird, grey breasted spur fowl, grey backed fiscal, green backed woodpeckers, black headed gonoleks, ashy starling, raptors, silvery cheeked hornbills, yellow collared lovebird and many others. 

Hot air balloon safaris

Serengeti national park is also a destination where you can get a hot air balloon experience and enjoy flying over the endless savannah plains while viewing wildlife species and the amazing sights around the national park.

This activity starts with a briefing before setting off for the hot air balloon experience. These hot air balloons are of varied capacity and therefore carry specific numbers of passengers during a safari experience in Serengeti national park.

After the hot air balloon experience, the passengers get to share breakfast and also have drinks at the landing point while enjoying the sunset and interacting among themselves and sharing safari experiences.

Different hot air balloon companies offer this activity in Serengeti national park and they include Serengeti balloon safaris.

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Visit Serengeti national park for an unforgettable wildlife viewing experience across endless savannah plains.

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