Serengeti park safari : Serengeti national park is a wildlife viewing destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania. There are numerous wildlife species which can be seen during safaris around Serengeti national park such as the big five like elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos and many others like wildebeests, hippos, giraffes, kudu, waterbucks, impalas, hartebeests, gazelles, elands, hyenas, cheetahs, topi and many others.
Wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park is among the attractions which can be done during safaris in Tanzania. This migration takes place annually and involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests annually.
The wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park can be seen in different parts of the national park including the western Serengeti, southern Serengeti, northern and central parts of Serengeti national park. The wildebeest migration follows a clockwise movement as the wildebeests search for greener pastures across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
In the central part of Serengeti national park, there are numerous wildlife species which can be seen during a safari and the central area is also known as Seronera. The wildebeest migration in this part of Serengeti national park can be seen around April and May which is also the rainy or low season.
The southern part of Serengeti national park is a good location to see the calving season during the wildebeest migration and it is a time of the year when over 8000 wildebeests are born daily in the savannah plains. The calving season can be seen around the months of January, February and March which is also a good time to see the predators as they hunt wildebeests around the Ndutu area.
Around the western part of Serengeti national park, river crossings of the wildebeests takes place during the months of June along the Grumeti river. A safari in this part of the national park also involves searching for the resident wildlife species like elephants, giraffes, hippos among others.
After the month of June, the wildebeests continue a clockwise movement towards the northern part of Serengeti national park where the river crossings take place along the Mara river around the months of July and August. The wildebeests cross along the Mara river to the Kenya side where the wildebeests spread cross the pastures of Masai Mara national reserve which is found in the south western part of Kenya, Serengeti park safari.
Exploring the endless savannah plains of Serengeti national park is best done in the dry season from June to October when wildlife species can be seen along the water points in the national park. Driving around the national park during the dry season makes it also easier to spot the wildlife species since the vegetation is thinner.
Park entrance fees of Serengeti national park is among the requirements for tourists to be allowed entry into the national park and it is as follows including 18% tax;
Nonresidents visiting Serengeti national park for safaris in the peak season and are aged above 16 years are charged park entrance fee of 82.6 USD and 70.8 USD while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged entrance fee of 23.6 USD.
Residents above the age of 16 years going for safaris around Serengeti national park are charged park entrance fee of 41.3 USD in the peak season and 35.4 USD in the low season while resident children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 11.8 USD.
East Africans such as nationals of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan are charged park entrance fee of 11,800 Tanzania shillings for those above the age of 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years are charged park entrance fee of 2,360 Tanzania shillings.
Other fees charged during safaris in Serengeti national park include Concession fees and also camping fees.
Activities which are carried out around Serengeti national park during safaris include game drives, hot air balloon safaris, walking safaris, bird watching and many others which can be done at any time of the year.
Game drives around Serengeti national park take place at different times of the day such as in the morning and during the afternoon or evening as tourists are driven around the savannah plains in search of wildlife species like elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, elands, impalas, zebras, wildebeests among others.
Hot air balloon rides are also done during safaris to Serengeti national park and the activity is carried out in different parts of the national park such as in the central, western, southern and northern parts of Serengeti. The hot air balloon ride takes about 1 hour of enjoying aerial views of the savannah plains and its attractions and after the experience; the passengers share breakfast in the world.
Walking safaris are also carried out during safaris in Serengeti national park and involve exploring the national park on foot and wildlife species can be seen during these walks. A ranger guide moves with the tourists as they get a closer encounter with the natural surroundings in the national park while following different trails at the destination.
Different bird species can also be spotted during safaris around Serengeti national park and this activity is best done during the months of November to April when migrant birds can be spotted at the destination. Some of the birds which can be seen during the birding excursions include kori bustards, rufous tailed weavers, hornbills, eagles among others.