If you’re looking for a unique and thrilling adventure in Africa, there’s nothing better than a safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti. The Serengeti is a protected area of 30,000 km² that is home to some of the world’s most iconic animal species, such as the «Big Five» (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo) and more than 500 species of birds.
Exploring the Serengeti is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to connect with nature and experience wildlife in its natural habitat. If you’re planning a safari in Tanzania, here are some things you should know about the Serengeti.
When to visit
The Serengeti is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa and is visited by tourists from around the world throughout the year. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife gathers in large herds in search of water and food. This is also the best time to see the Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest and zebras move in search of fresh grazing.
How to get there
Most safaris in the Serengeti start in Arusha, the closest city to the park. From there, you can take a charter flight to the Seronera Airstrip in the center of the park, or to the Grumeti airport in the west. It’s also possible to drive from Arusha, but keep in mind that it can be a long and tiring journey.
Where to stay
There’s a wide variety of accommodations in the Serengeti, from basic campsites to luxury lodges. Some mobile camps follow the Great Migration and change location every few days. Luxury lodges offer comfortable rooms, private bathrooms, and gourmet meals, while basic campsites offer tents and shared bathrooms. Choose the type of accommodation that best suits your needs and budget.
What to do
Most safaris in the Serengeti include open 4×4 vehicle rides with an experienced guide who will take you through the park in search of wildlife. You can also take guided hikes through the park, always with an armed guide, to explore the flora and fauna up close. If you want a more exclusive experience, some operators offer hot air balloon safaris to see the sunrise over the Serengeti.
Although safaris in the Serengeti are exciting and safe, it’s important to take some precautions. Always follow your guide’s instructions and keep a safe distance from wildlife. Don’t get out of the vehicle without permission and make sure to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Exploring the Serengeti is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will allow you to connect with nature and experience wildlife in its natural habitat.