Visiting the Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park has got prestige attached to its name, making it a go-to destination for Safari in Africa. This national park welcomes over 90,000 tourists every year and is known for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest national park in Tanzania and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Best Time to Visit

The Serengeti National Park can be visited for safari all through the year like most of the national parks in Tanzania. However, if you will love to see the Great Migration, the best time for a visit is during the second half of the dry season which is June to October. For lovers of wildlife predators at work, the first half of the dry season which is January to February is a perfect time.

4x4 Tour Vehicle - Visiting the Serengeti National Park

The Famous Wildebeest Migration

Every year, over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. If you’re there at the right time, you can spot herds of Wildebeest and Zebra stretching to the horizon. During the Great Migration, around 250,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra die from predators attack, drownings, hunger, thirst, or sheer exhaustion.

Migration - Visiting the Serengeti National Park

Wildlife at the National Park

The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewings and has the largest concentration of predators in Africa. Wildlife protected in this region includes the big five: Buffalo, Lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Rhinos. Other animals include Giraffes, Mongoose, Baboons, Aardvarks, over 500 bird species including Ostrichs and Eagles, Colobus Monkeys, Monitor Lizards, Rock hyraxes, Agama Lizards, Giant Nile Crocodiles, and Hippos lie in the Grumeti and Mara Rivers.

What do you need for a Safari

To visit the Serengeti National park and to get the best out of it, you will need the following but not limited to –

  • Tour tickets and valid accommodation arrangements – check Afriktrip for the best deals.
  • National Passport and a valid visa to Tanzania
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Card
  • Necessary items of clothing and toiletries
  • Adequate cash
  • Flashlights, headlamps, and Camera
  • Medications

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Ibukunoluwa Salau is the Co-Founder of Afriktrip and Editor-in-chief of The Tour Guide Africa Series.