The Serengeti National Park, as it is called, is the largest and best known of Tanzania’s National Parks, covers an area of over 14,500sq km (5,600sq miles). Its northern boundary boarders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, whilst it’s western extension known as the `corridor’ reaches to within 8km (5 miles) of Lake Victoria. In this world-famous wildlife sanctuary there still exists the greatest and most spectacular concentration of game animals found anywhere in the world. Most of the Serengeti national park is vast open plains with lofty rocky outcrops giving character to the landscape. There are also acacia and savannah woodland and scrub, forested and well-treed rivers, and the occasional swamp and small lake. In altitude Serengeti varies between 914 and 1,828m (3,000-6000ft): Park headquarters at Seronera is at 1,524m (5,000ft).
How To Go There
The nearest airport to Serengeti National Park is Kilimanjaro International Airport. Once you have checked out of the airport, you will be able to take Taxis or Airport Shuttles to Arusha, which is 45 kilometers away. The Serengeti is 335 kilometers from Arusha and may be reached by Safari buses, which will provide a highly gratifying experience for those interested in sightseeing.
Things To Do
- Game Drive
- Hot Air Balloon Safari
- Maasai Visit
- Night Game Drive
Best Time To Visit
December to July is the ideal time to witness the wildebeest migration from Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve, and June to October is the best time to watch the predators.
Facts About The Park
- The park is famous for its yearly Great Migration when almost 1.5 million wildebeest travel around the Serengeti plains in search of pasture and water.
- There are healthy numbers of predators including lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyenas and great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, in addition to many, many other animals.
- The landscape is impressive with vast views of the savanna interspersed with Acacia trees and interesting rocky outcroppings called Kjopes.
- Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year, due to the short grasses.