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Serengeti - TanzaniA sAFARI

 
 
 Serengeti Properties by Star Rating: 

 : [Sayari Camp] [Grumeti River Camp] [Kirawira Tented Camp] [Kleins Camp] [Serengeti Migration Camp] [Lemala Luxury Camp] [Four Seasons Safari Lodge]

  : [Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp] [Serengeti Serena] [Soroi Serengeti Lodge]

  : [Seronera Wildlife Lodge] [Serengeti Sopa Lodge] [Lobo Wildlife Lodge]

Quick Facts 
  • Serengeti National Park covers 5,700 square miles (14,763 sq. km) of dry rolling grassland, acacia speckled savanna, and dense riverine woodland.
  • East Africa’s greatest spectacle – The Wildebeest Migration – occurs primarily within Serengeti National Park. A million wildebeest or more make the trek, joined by 300,000 zebras and 200,000 assorted antelope.
  • "Serengeti" is derived from the maasai word "siringet" which means "endless plains". 
In the south, one finds long and short grass plains, desiccated for much of the year, but briefly brought back to vibrancy by the short rains of November and December. It is no coincidence that the wildebeest calving season occurs in the months that follow – the entire Serengeti ecosystem follows the rhythm of the pattering rains, great herds of grazers follows the rainfall and the briefly rich forage. Serengeti supports millions of hoofed animals – wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles – and the predators that harass them. This ecosystem extends beyond the boundaries of the park, some of it protected within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the park’s eastern border and a knuckle of it within the Maasai Mara Reserve across Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya.
 
While the bulk of the park consists of grassland, the western reaches, near Lake Victoria, feature wooded highlands, and woodlands line the tributaries of the Mara and Grumeti rivers.
 
The wildebeest migration is by far Serengeti’s most famous wildlife attraction. The migration begins in the southeastern corner of the park, on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where volcanic soils – and rain – promote the growth of the nutrient rich short grasses favored by the wildebeest. Foaling occurs here and in a brief few weeks, hundreds of thousands of calves are born each spring. As the grasses brown and wither, the herds begin to move in search of better forage. Predicting the precise location of the animals is difficult as the procession makes its circuit of the Serengeti in fits and starts. Generally speaking, the route takes the animals first to the northwest, through the “Western Corridor” on the park's western border near Lake Victoria. The ultimate destination is the lush grassland of the Mara Triangle in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve. The journey is an arduous one, taking as long as three to four months. A host of carnivores, primarily lions and hyenas, bedevil the herds along the way. After a couple of months spent grazing the Mara, the herds return south, returning to their calving grounds on the Serengeti.

The Wildlife: The Serengeti hosts the entire menagerie of East African wildlife, including a large population of lions, many of which are fitted with radio transmitters to track their movements (the park takes its responsibility for conservation seriously).
 
Significant Animals: Greater Bush Baby – Olive Baboon – African Hedgehog – Cape/Spring Hare – African Civet – Hyena – African Wildcat – Serval – Caracal – Leopard – Lion – Cheetah – Bat-eared Fox – Jackal – Wild Dog – Ratel or Honey Badger – Zorilla – Scaly Anteaters – Wildebeest – Burchell’s Zebra – Maasai Giraffe – Thomson’s Gazelle – Grant’s Gazelle – Eland – Impala – Klipspringer – Elephant – Hippo – Crocodile
 
Significant Birds: Ostrich – Marabou Stork – Secretary Bird – Kori Bustard – Crowned Crane – Verreaux's Eagle-Owl – Helmeted Guineafowl – Tawny Eagle – African Fish Eagle – Vultures – Lesser-Flamingo – Southern Ground Hornbill
 
Lodging: It is not just the wild safaris that entice adventure seekers at Serengeti. Wilderness camps and lodges nestled in the woods and set aside the sprawling grasslands are no less adventurous. There are luxurious, mid-range and budget lodges and tented camps spread across the national park for you to choose from.
 
Safari Lodges: These feature buildings of exciting design, specially built to fit in with the wild landscape of the parks, yet with all the amenities of a luxury hotel, such as swimming pools and fine dining. As you eat, drink, laze by the pool or sit on your private veranda, you will be able to observe game, often at only a few yards distance.
 
Luxury Tented Camps: There are a few luxury tented camps in the Serengeti offering an absolutely unique Safari experience. The tents usually offer fully equipped en suite bathrooms, private verandas and elegant furniture. At night, you can listen to the sounds of the Serengeti cuddled up in a warm and comfortable bed.
 
Mobile Safari Camps: There are those that believe that the best way to get the real feeling of the Serengeti and the magic of the bush is to go on a mobile camping safari, where you stay in small, luxury tented camps in areas where the game is at its most dense. The camps move every few weeks to follow the game (wildebeest migration) as it moves on in search of fresh grass and are equipped with all the comforts (en suite bucket shower, hot water in the mornings, a sit-down short drop or chemical loo, and three-course dinners) while enjoying the experience of sleeping under canvas, you won’t feel like you are roughing it.
 
Game Drives: Early morning game drives begin just before sunrise, when one wakes up to a cup of Kenyan highland coffee. As the sun rises, you are comfortably aboard your safari vehicle, witnessing the reserve and its wildlife. Afternoon game drives begin late after the mid-day heat has relented and end just before darkness falls. You are accompanied by a driver-guide, who is knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, landscape, and the local culture.

Bird watching: In the Serengeti, bird watching is done during safari walks or game drives accompanied by competent bird guides. Because so much of the reserve is open grassland or bush, the birds are relatively easy to spot.
Balloon Safaris: Typically, a balloon safari begins at the break of dawn, and the ride lasts for about an hour, during which you will drift silently over the plain and its wildlife. Your balloon ride is followed by a champagne breakfast "in the bush," with a well-laid meal and waiters on hand for a fitting finale to a memorable flight. Balloon flights are available daily and launch from designated sites where the disturbance to wildlife is kept to a minimum. Space is limited; plan ahead.
 
Cocktails: The best way to catch the African sunset is with a cocktail in hand!
 
Bush Meals: Drive, walk, or ride to a secluded gathering place in the wild. There, enjoy a selection of local dishes as a bonfire warms the chilly evening air and Maasai dancers introduce you to their vibrant culture.
 
Cultural Visits: The Maasai are a proud, semi-nomadic cattle-rearing people who have wagered that they can protect their way of life by protecting their landscape. They have a reputation as fierce warriors and stubborn pastoralists, resistant to change, but, ultimately, their lifestyle depends on the health and vitality of their cattle, which must have access to range and forage. During a cultural visit, you will take a brief peek into the Maasai way of life.
 
How to Get There: Serengeti National Park is 208 miles (330 km) from the northern Tanzania town of Arusha.
  • By Road: the average drive time between Arusha and Serengeti is four to five hours. Most travelers break up the trek with a stop at Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro along the way. 
  • By Air: there are several scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza arriving into Grumeti, Serengeti South, and Lobo. Flight times vary between 30 minutes and an hour.