Where is Serengeti National Park?
Serengeti National Park map
Did you know that the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word for 'land of endless plains'?
How do I get to Serengeti National Park?
Driving to Serengeti National Park
you must drive on the left cellphone reception is rare along the route vehicle recovery can take days, even weeks.
Flying to Serengeti National Park
What is the park's entrance fee?
$60 in off-peak season (15 March to 15 May) $70 in peak season (16 May to 14 March)
An accommodation surcharge
$50 per person per night from October to June $60 per person per night from July to September
Can I self-drive in Serengeti National Park?
A 4x4 is needed to drive inside Serengeti
Tourists don’t know the best places to look for animals
Tourists don’t always know what they’re seeing
How to choose a safari tour operator
Browse the website to see that everything is solid and consistent. Check for a physical business address in the contact info. Compare their prices with those of competitors; if it’s drastically cheaper, check they can explain why. Search for independent reviews of their services, not just those on the website (which could be fake). Check out their social media platforms and read the comments. Assess their communication with you – don’t ignore your gut if it’s saying something is off. Finally, you can alway ask for a tax registration number.
6 tips for a great Serengeti safari
Always listen to your driver-guide if you have one. He or she knows what’s safe to do and what’s not. Never get out of the vehicle without the all-clear from your driver-guide. Bring a decent pair of binoculars . When you spot wildlife a little ways away from you, you’ll want to be able to train your binos on it for a better view. For the same reason, a camera with a good zoom is a definite bonus. Bring plenty of water, a sunhat , and sunscreen – things can get very hot in the crater, especially in summer. Don't forget to bring a good insect repellent . Bring a notebook and pen to jot down the names of animals and birds you see. These will be great to have when you’re scrolling through your photos back at home and your memory proves a bit fudgy. It can also help you to remember the names of animals you want to google.
Witnessing the Great Migration
The river crossings
The Great Migration is the largest land-based migration in the world, and it's hard to explain the awe it inspires when you're there in the Serengeti and witnessing it for yourself.
Is Tanzania a safe country to visit?
Is Serengeti National Park safe?
Is it safe to go on safari?
A safari is very safe so long as you stay within your vehicle and go with somebody who knows what they're doing.
Best time of year to visit the Serengeti
Peak season: January to March
Peak season: June to October
There’s little rain and plenty of sun , so your precious game-viewing days shouldn’t be compromised. There are fewer mosquitoes, which reduces your chances of contracting malaria (and also buzzing mozzies are super annoying!). Animal spotting is easier as not only is the vegetation sparser but the animals also congregate near rivers and watering holes.
Birdwatching season: November to May
Summary of Serengeti seasons
Did you know that safari is the Swahili word for ‘journey’ or ‘trip’?
Tipping in Serengeti National Park
Things to do near Serengeti
Lake Manyara National Park , a beautiful game reserve centred on its eponymous lake. Ngorongoro Crater , a caldera whose steep walls have created a unique wildlife haven. Olduvai Gorge , a 48 km-long gorge that’s known for its sisal plants and paleo-anthropological (human evolutionary) importance. Lake Eyasi , a salt lake in the Rift Valley with a gorgeous, mountainous shoreline. Lake Victoria , the staggeringly large and most famous of the Rift Valley lakes. Mount Kilimanjaro , Africa’s highest mountain which can be climbed without any mountaineering experience.