Serengeti national park is located in the Northern zone of Tanzania. The park is listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is surrounded by the Kenyan Maasai Mara National Reserve in the north, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the southeast and Maswa Game Reserve on the southwest.
It also has the Ikorongo to the west and Grumeti Game Reserves as well as Loliondo Game Controlled Area to the northeast. One can say that Serengeti is an island surrounded by an ocean of parks and reserves.
Serengeti is the largest & oldest national park in the country, but also the most famous. For avid safari-goers, a bucket-list is not complete unless it has Serengeti in it.
Here's why Serengeti should be on your bucket list.
Serengeti comes from a Maasai word, Siringet, which means endless plains. As the name stands, Serengeti National Park is mostly made up of grassy plains that seem to roll on to infinity with some patches of wooded hills, termite mounds and kopjes.
The park is so large making sure you can do as much game drives as you like without going to the same spot twice. A great way to explore the park is via a balloon safari. It gives you a bird's eye view of the endless plains, a safari from the sky.
The Serengeti is also home to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, The great migration. It is a test of survival for the grazers like the Zebra and the Wildebeest.
These animals strive to protect themselves against predators such as lions and leopards while trying not to stray further from their group as they migrate for food and water.
It is a testament to the notion of survival of the fittest. While nature works in strange ways, it does provide onlookers with a spectacular show during the migration. We might be biased but we think a balloon safari is one of the best ways to enjoy and view the migration.
The park is well known for the "big five"; Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros and the African Buffalo. Its the only park in Tanzania with high chances of seeing the big five in one park.
Hot air balloon safaris are great in general. Hot air balloon safaris in Serengeti is an otherworldly experience taking you over the Serengeti plains. This safari from the sky offers you a bird's eye view of animals grazing in the early morning.
If you had any doubt of how large the Serengeti is, there's nothing like a hot air balloon safari to give you the magnitude of the sheer size of the park.
Hot air balloon trips start at dawn and this leaves you the rest of the day for game drives. And if you are an adrenaline junk, the take-off and landing experience will surely get your adrenaline pumping
Maasai culture is so rich and is one of the few tribes in Tanzania that have preserved their authentic traditions. Make a visit to a Maasai boma and experience their way of life, participate in a Maasai dance and enjoy a Maasai meal. For culture enthusiasts, this is a once in a lifetime experience.
Not for lack of things to do in Serengeti, but it is worth noting as mentioned earlier that Serengeti is surrounded by attractions all around the park including the neighboring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Oldoinyo Lengai, Singing Rocks, Lake Natron and more. With all these attractions, there's a lot you can do while staying in Serengeti, on the way to or on the way from Serengeti.
Serengeti is a photographer's paradise. It's so great that a book was written on this very topic. From the landscapes to the Maasai portraits, from the sleeping hills to the fighting animals, a photographer is spoilt for choices while in Serengeti.
Now with balloon safaris, a photographer has one more angle to capture the amazing wildlife experience
Serengeti is full of not only high-end accommodation but also it has medium to budget accommodations. The choice is all yours. There is also an option for day trips. Yes, there is! Day trips can be taken from the neighboring city of Mwanza and also from Karatu town.
Serengeti has plenty to offer for all types of Safari-goers. Not only are there plenty of activities to do, but also plenty to see. As a company dealing in the Serengeti, we're here to serve you and make sure you'r experience is one to remember.