If you are residing in Africa or visiting from abroad, and are interested in safaris, then the Serengeti is the place to be. This Reserve has the largest concentration of all sorts of wildlife in the world. The area stretches from the north-west of Tanzania and into the south-western part of Kenya. The Serengeti Reserve has also been declared as one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The wildlife that can be viewed includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah and leopard amongst the larger animals. Then you can also view zebra, giraffe, gazelle, eland, kudu, hartebeest, and impala caracal, serval, jackal, fox, wild dogs, mongoose and genet of the smaller animals. Other species you can view include crocodiles, hedgehogs, shrews, agama lizards, snakes and dung beetles.
The birdlife also boasts more than 500 bird species where you can see kingfisher, fish eagle, lammergeyer, bustard, ostrich, weaver, goliath heron, hammerkop, flamingo, crane, stork, secretary bird and pelican. What makes the Serengeti very interesting is you can view a large variety of species in their natural environment throughout the year.
What sets Serengeti apart from many other nature reserves is the “Great Migration”. This event takes place when the Serengeti experiences its dry season and the wildlife migrates into Kenya for food and water. The migration starts in May and they all return before December. This migration includes 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 350,000 gazelles. All the wildlife involved has to cross the Mara River where the crocodiles enjoy Christmas in May.
Not only is the wildlife amazing but the scenery is out of this world. Views include grasslands, kopjes, forests, swamps and woodlands.
There are many Serengeti Safaris available which range from 5 days to 56 day tours. All these tours provide for different needs of the tourist such as destinations, budgets and interests. Below is the itinerary for one of our top African budget safaris in Tanzania:
Day 1: After your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be collected and taken to Arusha, considered the gateway to Kilimanjaro. Dinner will be served at your overnight accommodation in Arusha.
Day 2: Today you will visit the Tarangire National Park, which is one of Tanzania’s largest parks. Here you can find a lot of elephants, birds and baobab trees. You will spot plenty of the wildlife at the Tarangire river because this is the only permanent water supply in the park. After the safari you will stay the night in Tarangire National park.
Day 3: You will start the day with a breakfast at your accommodation. The tour will continue to the well-known game park Serengeti. You will spot plenty of wildlife, such as wildebeest, zebra’s and Thompson’s gazelle. You can also find the lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and other small predators. At the end of the day you will spend the night sleeping inside the park.
Day 4: Day four you will have the whole day exploring the Serengeti National Park. This is the best way to spot as much animals as possible. You can watch animals being lazy at the cold waters, or spend time at the hippo pool, or watching a pride lion hunting in the middle of the migration. You will see all the various landscapes Serengeti has to offer, from wide open plains to rounded hills, from grasslands to volcanic rocky outcrops. These landscapes make the game viewing even more spectacular. As today ends we will spend a second overnight in the middle of the park.
Day 5: The day will start early morning in the Serengeti trying to spot the larger predators actively hunting before they go back into lazing about away from the blazing sun. After this game drive the trip will continue to the Ngorongoro Crater where you will stay for the night.
Day 6: On day 6th the trip will continue into the Ngorongoro Crater in search of wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater is a unique environment because it is located in the Crater of the worlds largest inactive volcanoes. You will find wildebeest, herds, buffalo, zebra, hippo, eland, warthog, elephant and the endangered white rhino. The dense population of predators is also a thing the Crater is special for. You will spot lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and occasionally leopard. After a delicious lunch at the hippo pond you will return back to Arusha for dinner and the overnight.
Day 7: You will be return to the airport in Kilimanjaro after the experience of a lifetime.