A trip to Tanzania is incomplete without visiting the majestic Serengeti Plains that are home to the Big 5 of Africa. It’s one of the few places in Tanzania where you can spot the Big 5!
Endless plains, beautiful landscapes, and exotic wildlife are characteristic of Serengeti!
Here are the top 10 things to do in the Serengeti National Park:
Watch the Great Migration of Serengeti! It’s a natural migration whereby millions of wildebeests (and thousands of zebras) migrate from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara and back again in a clockwise manner. Most of the time, the migrating herds are located in the Serengeti. The best months to watch the migration include February and September. In February, the herds of wildebeests are gathered for the calving season and in September, the herds cross the Mara River.
Serengeti is named after the word, “Siringet” which means endless plains of land! Go on a hot air balloon safari in Serengeti to witness why they call the Serengeti the endless plains!
You get to explore the beauty of the place from up above. Watching the animals beneath you as you soar high in the sky is a liberating experience. In fact, it’s an experience of a lifetime!
A celebratory toast and breakfast in the bush usually follow a hot air balloon safari.
The Moru Kopjes are located in Central Serengeti, toward the southwest side. Here, you can find very old rock formations that have eroded over the centuries. The surfaces of these rock formations have a reddish-brown hue. Another reason for visiting the Moru Kopjes is that it’s the main habitat for black rhinos in the Serengeti. There are many water bodies here along with plenty of shade and grazing so you can easily spot lions, cheetahs and black rhinos here!
The Retina Hippo Pool is one of the few places where you can get off your jeep and have a picnic by the pool. The Retina Hippo Pool contains a lot of hippos that bathe in the water to get away from the sun’s heat. You might spot some hippos submerged in water with just their nostrils and cute pink ears showing! It’s an amazing sight. Make sure you don’t “steal” their water space because they’ll fight anyone (even other hippos) to be in a cool water spot!
Game drives offer you excellent wildlife spotting! Your guide is constantly in touch with other guides. Whenever lions or other animals are spotted, everyone in the area will be notified so that they can rush to the site!
Game drives offer fantastic views of both, the stunning scenery as well as the diverse wildlife.
Fly camping is an adventurous experience where you set up random camps in the area and enjoy the camping life. There are no facilities like fancy showers available, so this is only for the true nature and adventure seekers! Depending on your budget, you can either sleep in camps or tents with beds for a more luxurious experience. Watching the sky fill up with stars at night while camping is an amazing experience that you get with fly camping!
Depending on your budget, you can get portable toilets and most of your meals will be cooked over the open campfire.
With a horseback safari, you have the opportunity to go off the tracks and explore the most untouched parts of Serengeti! Go during the peak migration months and you’ll also get to witness the Great Migration on your horseback safari, a 2-in-1 opportunity!
Spot zebras, gazelles, giraffes, impalas, elephants, buffaloes, and over 400 species of birds as you ride through Serengeti!
The Maasai tribe is a cultural tribe of Tanzania that’s also one of the most prominent tribes. The Maasai have settled in many villages in and around Serengeti so if you’re looking for a cultural experience, you can always visit a Maasai village with the help of your tour guide. You can spend a day in the village, have their food, observe their lifestyle and wear their traditional clothes! It’s an amazing experience, so don’t miss it!
The Seronera Valley is also called the “Big Cat Capital” of Africa owing to the fact that you can find all the big cat predators here, including lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas! Wildlife spotting is excellent in this valley year-round. Moreover, other small predators like jackals, fox and servals are also found here.
Moreover, the Seronera Valley is also very close to an airstrip and contains many accommodation options.
Glamping is a step up from fly camping. It involves luxurious camping in large tents with all luxurious facilities like showers and baths. It’s a form of luxury camping that brings you closer to nature. You might even be able to hear animals at night near your glamping tents! It’s a fun and comfortable experience. Serengeti is a great glamping site owing to the diversity of wildlife in the area and the beautiful sceneries it has to offer.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Serengeti National Park and have an amazing time witnessing raw natural beauty and exotic wildlife.