Little Known Facts about Serengeti National Park

October 4, 2019 | 4 Min read

For travelers wishing to visit the Serengeti National Park, there are 3 most common ways to reach it. Most people access the National Park from the Arusha Airport or the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

However, what is often overlooked is that you can also arrive via Mwanza and other lake zone regions. This region tends to be closer to the western corridor of the Serengeti. It is only a 2 hours’ drive away from the city of Mwanza. Comparatively, a drive from Arusha takes about 8 hours.

A lot of people visiting Mwanza are not aware that Serengeti is nearby. You can access the park from Mwanza through the Ndabaka gate. You can also access the national park from other lake zone areas such as Mugumu via the Tabora B gate.

From Mwanza, a traveler can take a flight or car to access the national park. There are flights to the park operated by several flight companies such as Coastal Aviation and Auric Air. If you are already in Mwanza, you can take advantage and visit one of the top national parks in Africa.

Apart from game drive in the Western corridor, you can also try our half day balloon safari. We operate via camps through our Kogatende, Seronera or Kirawira bases.

Different animals and plants that form an important part of the Serengeti eco system

There has been ongoing confusion about whether Serengeti is in Tanzania or Kenya. The Answer is yes or no, depending on whether you are referring to the park itself or the ecosystem in general.

To put it simply, Serengeti National Park is in Tanzania. The Serengeti ecosystem, however, is found in both Tanzania and Kenya. So, you can say that Serengeti is also in Kenya in that optic.

The Serengeti ecosystem consists of Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maasai Mara and Grumeti National Reserves, the Maswa Reserve, and the controlled areas of Ikorongo and Loliondo.

The Serengeti ecosystem is a collection of protected areas and community land hosting one of the largest mammal migration in the world. Every year, wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate from the Ngorongoro through Serengeti National Park and head north towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

It is a sight to behold for many tourists visiting the park. We offer the best seat in the house to enjoy the great migration.

Tourists enjoying a pleasant balloon safari over the Serengeti

The most advertised activity in the national park is Game Drives and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, you can do plenty of other activities in the park that you may find more appealing.

Balloon Safaris

For avid safari-goers and adrenaline seekers, you can get a balloon Safari for a new experience and a new take on game viewing.

A Serengeti balloon safari offers a unique view of the park and its inhabitants. It is a half-day activity done from dawn that will still leave you plenty of time to do other activities in the afternoon. 

Nature walks

You can take guided nature walks in some parts of the park. You won't get as much wildlife viewing on a walk in comparison to an actual Safari. On the upside, you do get to be up close to the plants, trees, and smaller animals.

Maasai Village Tours

For many years, the Serengeti ecosystem has been home to the Maasai, a tribe well-known for preserving their traditional ways of life.

You can visit a Maasai boma while in the national park and learn about their lifestyle and traditions. The visit can include a glimpse at their meals, how they dress, their livestock keeping activities, traditional ceremonies and more.

A scenic view of olduvai gorge in Arusha in the Serengeti

Historical sites Tours

A few miles south of Serengeti is Oldupai Gorge. It is a famous site which holds the earliest evidence of human existence that was discovered by the Leakeys in the 1930s. The site shows the development of the earliest humans.

45 km south of Oldupai Gorge you will find the Laetoli archaeological site famous for its ancient human ancestor's footprints preserved by volcanic ash. The Laetoli footprints provided evidence for the theory of bipedalism in early humans.

The Serengeti is a beautiful place to visit when in Tanzania. As a balloon safari company operating in the region, we welcome you to enjoy this UNESCO world heritage site.

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