Vast stretches of rolling hills, breathtaking views of savannah grassland, abundance of game, and one of the highest concentrations of predators in Africa – that’s Serengeti National Park. Africa’s premier safari destination, it is one of the few places that live up to the expectations of seasoned wildlife enthusiasts. The park is famous for its iconic landscapes, over 2000 lions, and not to mention, the spectacular wildebeest migration.
The biggest draw of the Serengeti National park is of course The Great Migration. One of the most incredible wildlife events on the planet, the Great Migration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for every wildlife enthusiast. When around two million animals migrate at the same time; the experience of watching them is unbelievable. The movement of migrating herds can be unpredictable as the wildebeests have no natural leader. Most of the safari operators follow the mega herds. The natural instinct of migrating is so strong in them that even the drought, gorges, and crocodile infested river waters fail to hold them back. Perhaps that is why many refer to it as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’.
A usual safari with a tour operator often entails that one has to stay in mobile camps. These tents usually have basic amenities that include a simple bed, camping toilets, and a shower. Many of these camps operate their own generators or solar lighting systems to provide electricity. Some of the popular budget stays are Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Ngome Camp , and the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.
Serengeti has plenty of options for the ones who prefer the finer things in life. There are safari lodges as well as Luxury Tented Camps that offer an absolutely wonderful safari experience. If you are here for watching the wildebeest migration, there cannot be a better option than the Serengeti Safari Camp. It is a luxury mobile camp, which follows the Wildebeest Migration around the Serengeti. Another enviable accommodation is the Singita Mara River Tented Camp, an unbelievably plush camp in the middle of the jungle. With huge private decks, contemporary décor and the most enviable location on the Mara River, this camp is everything a hedonist can think of. There are many other luxurious properties that are well-equipped with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Swimming pool, fine dining, en-suite bathrooms, private verandas and elegant furniture – these hotels have them all.
- Game viewing is fun, but those creatures can be dangerous. Do not stroll across the jungle on your own, especially at night. Always keep a proper distance from the animals.
- While you can certainly drive to Serengeti but opting for a safari can be more convenient in many ways. For one, the safari will help you save on fuel costs. Also, almost every safari package covers your transportation to and from the airport, lodging, and food.
- If you are on a limited budget, look for one of the camping areas around the park rather than the ones that are centrally located. The camping areas can offer you better value for your money.
- Keep a reasonable stock of things you need (camera batteries, band-aid, etc) before entering the park. These basic things cost very high in the park.
- You can pay with both the Tanzania shilling and the U.S. dollar throughout the park, but if you want to save money, use the shillings. You will get a better deal. Money can be withdrawn at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).