Activities in Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park with no doubt the best game viewing destination in the world. Voted as the seven natural wonders of Africa, the park hosts the highest population of predators in Africa. The endless plains of the famous national park is a home of the wildebeest migration that enters its climax around July when the wildebeests cross the Mara River to Masai Mara national reserve. The several Activities in Serengeti national park is attributed to the high concentration of different attractions at the park. Serengeti never disappoints due to quality of activities that are done at the park with assurity of marvelous game viewing. Many guests may know Serengeti national park for only Wildebeests migration but there are a good number of Serengeti national park activities. The park is gifted with abundant wildlife, birds, golden open Savannah plains that are dotted with thorny Umbrella acacia trees where leopards and Lions spend some of their time.
Other key attractions are the sausage trees, hippo pools, kopjes and many more. The park earned its tittle of the seven natural wonders of Africa and Ten Natural Wonders of the world. These titles were got because of the world largest terrestrial animal migration. Millions of animals cross the Mara river from Serengeti national park to Masai Mara national reserve in Kenya.
For guests planning to enjoy the lifetime experience of the majestic Serengeti national park one has to consider the size of the park. The park is large that it cannot be exploited in a short period of time. The minimum number of days that are recommended for the best Serengeti safari is 3 days Serengeti safari. This will give you some ample time for you to explore the best of the endless plains of the park.
Below are some of the highlights and Activities in Serengeti national park;
Game viewing/Game drives
Game drives/game viewing is one of the key Serengeti national park activities. It’s the highlight of your Tanzania safari to Serengeti. Its an opportunity to explore the best of Serengeti national park. Viewing the animals in their natural habitats is life time experience that guests experience during game drives. Game drives are done using good open roof safari land cruisers that are 4×4 wheel drive.
Game drives can be morning, afternoon or evening or full day depending on when you reach the park. The traditional day game drives are done excellently for a good number of hours. The minimum number of hours for a game drive should be 4 hours that is when you can achieve your long dream of the wilderness.
The park is subdivided in to different sectors and each sector is different from another sector. However much they host the same animals but they have different futures and they have different best time of visiting it. Seronera area which is the central part of Serengeti national park is the most popular area where game drives are dome. Depending on the time of your visit in a year, animals in Serengeti are mobile except the lion prides which are territorial in nature. During your game drive you will see more animals like Lions, leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, wildebeests, jackals, topis, gazelles and many more.
Activities in Serengeti national park include birding safaris, the park hosts over 500 bird species. The birding safaris are excellent during the rainy season that is from March to May and November. During this period the birds are breeding and the park also receives the migratory birds from different parts of the world. Half of the bird species can be easily seen in
Ndutu area where birding is most done at the park. The Serengeti national park birding safaris are always longer trips which are slow but sure. It involves more of walking safaris inorder to minimize the noise and other interruptions caused by the safari cars. Some of the birds found at the park include: Fish Eagle, Secretary bird, Martial eagle, owls, Vultures, Ostriches, Kori bustards, francolin, Guinea fowl, ducks, geese, swans, magpie geese, screamers, Sand Martin, Barn Swallows, European Bee-eater, Common Swift, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Egyptian Vulture, Papyrus Gonolek, Acrocephalus griseldis, Somolia Ostrich, Martial Eagle, Anhinga rufa, African Finfot, Casmerodius albus, Lesser Kestrel,Red-Bellied parrot, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, Fischer’ starling, Golden Pitpit, Polemaetus bellicosus, Black-faced sangrouse, Rufous chatterer, Taita fiscal, Masai ostrich, Secretary bird, Vulturine guineafowl, Shelkley’s starling, Slender-tailed nightjar,Golden-breasted starling, Vultures, common bul bul, Hamer kop, Little egret, Mourning Dove, Love birds, trigonoceps occipitalis and many more.
Hot air balloon
Enjoy the unique Serengeti national park safari with a balloon ride, have time to float on air as you enjoy the action of nature. The park is among the few national parks in Tazania where balloon safaris are done. This gives you to have an aerial view of the park with an eagle eye, excellent way of catching live action at the park. No off track yet you get close to the animals in their natural habitats, always be among the few to enjoy this experience during your Amboseli national park safari.
The hot air balloon safaris gives you a great touch of African wildlife experience. The safaris can be done at any time of the year though most recommended is Dry month for game viewing and wet month for birders. The hot Air Balloon safaris are done in Seronera area throughout the year and in Northern Serengeti during the wildebeest migration season. In early times of the year the hot air balloon are done in Ndutu area where Calving season of the wildebeests takes place.
Wildebeest migration viewing
The wildebeest migration is one of the natural wonders of the world. The popularity of Serengeti national park is based on the wildebeest migration. There is nothing that may make you wonder the miracles of nature than the great wildebeest migration. Happening throughout the year in clock wise direction, the climax of the wildebeest migration is witnessed when millions of the wildebeest cross the Mara river. The wildebeest migration is one of the key activities that guests come and witness the live action of nature. This event happens from July to August when they are crossing from Serengeti to Masai Mara national reserve. From late October to November the wildebeest start their migration back from Masai mara to Serengeti but not passing through Mara river. The migration movements keep on going though in different locations following the climatic conditions. Millions of travelers come to witness the live nature event also termed as survival for the fittest. The wildebeests has to survive the predators from water and those on land. The Nile Crocodiles kill as water also drowns some animals. Good timing with the guidance of the tour operators will make you time it well.
Serengeti national park is one of the protected areas which were inhabited by the local maasai people. The semi-nomadic tribe has lived at the area for years before the park was established and gazette. Even after evicting them to near Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the locals remain leaving at the outskirts of the park. Most of the camps have employed the locals to always come and entertain the guests at their camps.. The unique Maasai people are among the few African locals that have sticked in their culture amidst the current modernization. Visiting the Maasai Mayatas is worth for the active cultural tours among the Serengeti national park activities
Enjoy the best of Serengeti national park activities with reputable local operators.