A Complete Safari Guide To Serengeti, Tanzania
Serengeti is probably one of the most well-known safari destinations in Africa. It has been awarded the best national parks in the world multiple times and it is known to be the place to witness the greatest wildlife show on earth, the Great Wildebeest Migration.
With more than a million animals living on this virgin savanna covering more than 15,000,000 hectares (37,000,000 acres) across the northwestern part of Tanzania, there is no better place to go on a safari than here.
Within this travel guide, you will find all the information you need to help you plan out a safari trip of a lifetime in Serengeti National Park including a suggested itinerary, a guide on how to pick the right safari tours, and so much more.
Without further ado, here is the ultimate safari guide to Serengeti National Park. Let's begin by looking at what highlights and destinations you can expect from most safari tours in Serengeti with the map below:
The first place we visited after departing Arusha on our safari trip is Tarangire National Park, a great park to begin your journey where you will be able to learn a bit more about wildlife behaviors, how to track them, and what kind of protocol you should follow while you are doing a game drive.
Tarangire National Park is named after the Tarangire river that runs across the park. The place is known for its abundance of Baobab trees, long-live alien-looking massive trees that are native to Africa and Australia.
You will see one right out of the gate and plenty more inside the park. If you haven't seen one before, you are going to want to add Tarangire to your itinerary. They are quite a sight to behold.
Tarangire National Park is also known for its high density of elephants many of them often congregate along the river. You will also see a ton of zebras, wildebeests, water buffalos, and other species scattered around the park.
There are also more than 550 bird species living in the park, making it a great place for bird-watching. There are also predators like lions, leopards, and cheetahs, but we only saw a few lion cubs on a tree so they must be pretty rare here.
Your safari tour should arrive at the park before midday and they will take you on a game drive the entire afternoon with a lunch break at a lake viewpoint inside the park. Watch out for the monkeys there. They love stealing tourist food.
The food provided by my tour was always great throughout the trip. It was always freshly cooked by our chef and it is never the same each day. The food is often a mix of locals and international food. One day, you might be eating mishkaki (skewed beef, a local delicacy) and another a homemade pizza and pasta.