Six Things you always wanted to know about a Serengeti Safari

Where is the Serengeti Park?

The Serengeti National Park is located in the North West of Tanzania, near Victoria Lake and the border of Kenya (where it continues as Maasai Mara National Reserve). It is surrounded by other parks notably the Ngorongoro (Crater) Conservation Area which have to pass through (and pay for separately).

There is no human habitation allowed in the National Park. This also means there is no easy option to stay.

The Serengeti National Park was established in 1951 and gets about 350,000 visitors each year. It covers a total of 5,500 square mile snow.

There are a number of other protected areas nearby including the Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Indeed – a Serengeti Safari is not cheap

A Serengeti Safari is not cheap unfortunately – unlike a Kruger Safari.

The park is drive-able by Four-Wheel drive only and those don’t come cheap in Tanzania ($150-$200 per day).

There is a simple camp area ($30 per day) which you should avoid and the lodges aren’t cheap either.

Most people fly to Arusha (JRO, Kilimanjaro Airport) and venture for the eight hour journey to the park. There are flights to airstrips in the park from Arusha and Zanzibar. Prices are usually $150 one-way per person.

While it is easy to use miles to get to JRO you can’t use miles to fly directly into the park.

All tour operators are able to include transport, lodging and game drives for you.

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What are the Park entrance fee for a Serengeti Safari?

Park entrance fees are at $50 per/person and $30 per vehicle (if you bring your own).

You likely have to pass through the Ngorongoro (Crater) Conservation area twice and pay the fee twice.

What animals can I see with a Serengeti Safari?

Animals are often called ‘game’ and you will hear ‘game drive’ and ‘game reserves’. It all refers to animals living in the wild.

Masai Lion

African Leopard

Tanzanian Cheetah


Bush Elephant

Rhinoceros

African Buffalo

Giraffes


Serengeti Wildebeest

Yes you will see a lot of them!

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Most likely you will also come across some of those:

  • Gazelles
  • Warthogs
  • Topis
  • Impalas
  • Antelopes
  • Kudu
  • Oryx
  • Hartebeest.

There are a number of ‘game reserve’ in the area Maswa Game Reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast and east lies the Loliondo Game Control Area.

Does it matter when to visit? I heard about a great migration’?

The park gets most crowded in July and August. The great migration are the wildebeest herds going north in November and December.

Most experts advise not to worry too much about it as there is enough to see of all animals types most of the year.

Weather is rather stable in the area and the seasonal differences aren’t stark.

Where should I stay for a Serengeti Safari?

If you can afford it book the Four Seasons Serengeti – one of the few major chains that runs a lodge in the park. Unfortunately Four Seasons has no loyalty program anymore that would allow booking with points.

The Citi Prestige Fourth Night free benefits of course will work here. But don;t be shocked by the cost of teh three nights that you need to pay for.

There are plenty of other ‘tent’ like lodges in the park like the Serena Camp.

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