Wildlife viewing safaris in Serengeti national park: Serengeti national park is one of the most famous national parks and tourist destination both in Tanzania and the world, the park is situated in the northern regions of Tanzania near Kenya and Tanzania border. Serengeti national park is a vast national park covering an area of 14,759 square kilometers consisting of endless plains, the park was named Serengeti a Masai word meaning endless plains.
Serengeti national park is a great habitants for a huge population of animals and it experience the world’s most spectacular event of wildebeest migration which greatly contributes to the huge population of animals in the park. The wildebeest migration involves migration of thousands of wildebeests and zebras as they cross Mara River, other animals in Serengeti include hyraxes, African golden wolf, stripped hyena, serval, antelopes, giraffe, and coke’s hartebeests, topi, Grant’s gazelle and many more. Serengeti national park consists of sections which are visited while on game drives and are habitant to animals that is Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti.
Wildlife viewing safaris are the main highlight activity offered in Serengeti national park and one of the main reasons to why Serengeti national park receives many tourists throughout the year, wildlife viewing offers a chance to visits to view many animals found in the park and in Serengeti national park the activity is done in many categories. Game viewing safaris in the park were categorized depending on the time of the day and duration of the safari and below are the categories of wildlife viewing safaris in Serengeti national park
En-route Game drive
Serengeti national park is situated in close proximity with other national parks such as Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park and Lake Manyara national park which are easy to connect to while from Serengeti national park. The park stretches over 14763 square kilometers which is a home to many animals such as zebras, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, coke’s hartebeest, masai giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog, hippopotamus, antelopes, common eland, roan antelope, aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, 3 species of hyraxes, cape hare, fringe-eared Oryx, dik-dik, cheetah and many more. Most of the park is covered by short open savannah vegetation thus easy spotting of animals.
En-route game drive in Serengeti national park is done while on your route from your lodge most especially those situated in the proximity of Serengeti national park, as you drive out of the park to connect to ngorongoro conservation area you spot many animals such as lions as they lay in the short grassland of the park. Most time which on game drives you tend to miss out some animals and en-route game drive compensates as you spot many animals.
Full day of Game Drive
Full game drives is one of the most loved game viewing experience in Serengeti national park, full game drives in the park give a whole lot of time to spot millions of animals living in Serengeti national park such as the great wildebeest migration consisting of millions of wildebeests, zebras as they cross river mara. Full day game drive starts as early as 6:00 am in the morning, you depart from your lodge and head to the park. Morning game drive is an opportunity for you view many animals in large numbers such as wildebeests, elephants, lions, leopards, zebras and many more, in the morning the animal are easily seen because they haven’t dispersed into the park’s thick vegetation looking for sheds from scotching sunlight. After the morning game drive you drive back to your lodge, have breakfast and drive back to the lark for another game drive.
Full day game drive gives you ample time to visit all the regions the park and see many animals living in Serengeti national park, on this safari visiting seronera valley and the banks of Mara river will give you a magical experience. Seronera valley and mari river are the best wildlife spotting areas in Serengeti national park, on the full day game drive you do not only enjoy views of the animals but also scenic views of the open grasslands, valleys, many out crops dotted around the plains of the park that is kopjes outcrops and many birds.
Hot air balloon safari
When you talk about exciting and breathtaking way of viewing the wildlife of Serengeti national park, hot air balloon safari is your perfect expedition to chose, hot air balloon safari involves riding in a hot air balloon in the sky above the plains of Serengeti national park offering an eagle’s eye view of the park and its natural beauty. The expedition starts in the early morning hours by visitors leaving their lodges, at the early morning its almost still dark by the time you leave your lodge and if you are lucky enough you may get a chance to spot nocturnal animals while heading to the balloon launch site. Hot air balloon safari is an activity of 45 to 1 hour of adventure filled with a bird’s eye view of the spectacular plains of Serengeti, Mara River and many animals such as zebras, warthogs, hartebeests and many more. The duration of the safari depends so much on the weather conditions.
Early morning game drive
Early morning game drive in Serengeti national park is one of the great game viewing safaris to participate into while in the park, the activity offers an opportunity to see many animals in the park such as zebras, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, coke’s hartebeest, masai giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog, hippopotamus, antelopes, common eland, roan antelope, aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, 3 species of hyraxes, cape hare, fringe-eared Oryx, dik-dik, cheetah and many more. Morning game drive starts as early as 6:00 am before breakfast, early morning time is the best time to spot many animals as they are just walking up and you also enjoy the melodic sounds of the birds.
Evening game drive
Evening game drive in Serengeti national park is an exciting retreat, this activity is done in the evening hours an opportunity to enjoy both the sun set and many predators. With assistance from a spot right you spot many animals such as leopards, cheetah, lions, hyenas and giraffes as they hut for their preys most especially lions as they look for the antelopes. Evening game drive is the perfect safari for hearing a lion’s roar and giggles from the hyenas.
In Serengeti national park, it does not matter the category of wildlife viewing safari you chose. the experience is always heartwarming and unforgettable.