Best Places to visit in the Serengeti
The Serengeti is an ultimate destination to witness the most amazing spectacle in the world – the annual Great Migration. It’s one of the most famous national parks in the world, featuring boundless plains and a wide variety of wildlife including the Big Five. It’s a wildlife haven, a perfect destination for game drives in Tanzania. A safari adventure in Serengeti is all about discovery, where a wide range of stunning attractions awaits tourists from all over the world.
If you’re planning to visit anytime soon, here are some of the best places to visit in Serengeti for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
1. A Maasai Village
The Maasai villages are usually situated close to popular national parks located along southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. There’s a Maasai Village in Serengeti, where you can learn about the way of life of the nomadic, herds-people. The Maasai are friendly people; they are the most popular tribes in East Africa, renowned for their cultural practices and lifestyle. Explore the villages, meet the people, buy some souvenirs – locally made handicrafts and enjoy a dance ceremony of the Maasai. A word of caution: you need to ask the permission of a Maasai before taking their photographs.
2. The Moru Kopjes
The Moru Kopjes are small rock formations in the ocean of grass, situated on the plains of Serengeti. The small rock formations feature bushes, vines and trees, small pools of water and a wide range of wildlife including rare black rhinos. The kopjes are the most visited and popular kopjes in Serengeti. Some of the rock formations are adorned with paintings created by the Maasai.
3. The Seronera Valley
The Seronera Valley is situated in the central region of the Serengeti, and it features numerous kopjes and a group of rivers and water streams. There is an abundance of wildlife around the valley such as elephants, gazelles, wildebeest, and zebras. Seronera Valley is the most popular area in the Serengeti as the water and abundant food attract the hunters and the hunted - the best place for predator viewing such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas.
4. Olduvai Gorge
Dubbed the “Cradle of Mankind”, Olduvai Gorge is a paleoanthropological site famed for priceless-trove of animal and human fossils dating back over two million years. The fossils were discovered in 1929 by the popular anthropologist Louis Leakey. The Olduvai Gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, in the eastern part of the Serengeti. The ultimate attraction features a visitor’s center and a museum where you can learn more about human evolution, archaeology, and the early hominid ancestors.
5. Mara River
Mara River is the best place to witness the most breathtaking spectacle in Africa – the Great Migration, where more than two million animals, led by wildebeest, zebra and antelope in their hundreds of thousands cross the river to search for greener pastures. The river is situated in the northern part of the Serengeti and it is home to the world’s largest crocodiles – Nile crocodiles. During the migration, the young, feeble or unfortunate animals get pulled down by the crocodiles. The annual Great Migration is the most spectacular wildlife event, brought about by the seasonal rainfalls and ultimately, survival.
6. The Bologonja Springs
The Bologonja Springs is an ideal spot for animals in the remote area of the North Serengeti. If you’re looking for an isolated place to visit in the Serengeti, Bologonja Springs is your best bet. It’s not usually crowded with tourists, as some of the more popular locations can be, especially at the height of the season. The springs attract a wide range of animals such as elephants, giraffes, and antelopes. With a variety of bird species such as hoopers, kingfishers, and rollers, it’s a great place to go bird watching. The nearby Larelemangi salt lick is also a sanctuary for wildlife and home to herds of elephant and buffalo.
7. Retina Pool
There are several hippos in the Serengeti, but the Retina Pool features hippos in their natural habitat. The pool is the best hippo viewing spot in the Serengeti. You’ll see hundreds of hippos gather in the pool to bathe in the warm waters, feed, and combat for their territories. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some crocodiles and herons in the pool.
8. The Serengeti Visitor Center
The Serengeti Visitor Center is an ideal place to get a wealth of information about the national park. It’s also a great place to learn about the history of Serengeti, its ecosystem, and wildlife. The center offers a beautiful picnic area with thatch umbrellas and tables, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the surrounding. There’s also a coffee shop, a gift shop, and washrooms located at the Seronera Park Headquarters.