The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. “Serengeti” means “endless plains” in the Masai language and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. Some 35 species of plains animals may be seen here including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog. Unfortunately very few of the latter remain in the Serengeti. Originally exterminated as a threat to domestic stock they have more recently become victims of distemper.
However, after being decimated by poaching, the black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed well in recent years thanks to constant surveillance and the shielding of the animals from mass tourism. There are now around 30 black rhinos in the Moru Kopjes area but they may be difficult to see as visitors are only allowed to drive through the area on certain roads. White rhinoceros are not found in the Serengeti.
In May or early June, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra begin their spectacular 600 mile pilgrimage. In their wake follow the predators’ lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal – while vultures circle overhead and some of Africa’s biggest crocodile lie in wait.
Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboons, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, serval, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, vervet monkeys and some 20 types of antelope including eland, hartebeest or kongoni, impala, kudu, reedbuck, roan, topi, waterbuck and the much smaller dik dik, duiker, klipspringer and oribi.
There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.
SERENGETI – 4 DAYS
Day 1 – Flying to Serengeti from Dar es salaam and proceed with full day Safari game drive.
Take a flight from Dar es Salaam to the safari capital of Tanzania or Geneva of Africa, Arusha Town. Flight will depart from Dar es Salaam at 0700am and arrive at Arusha airport at 0900am morning. Outside arrivals exit you will meet our representative for 10 minutes Safari briefing. Thereafter you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park Entry for full day game drive.
Later you will go check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 Transfer from your lodge in Mto wa mbu and do Game drive en-route to Serengeti national park
Today we have every chance of spotting the big five for a full day in Serengeti and abundant bird species including ostrich, ground hornbills, weavers, owls, Dove, Vultures etc. Later in the evening you will go check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Full Day Safari game drive in the Siringit- Maasai word meaning the endless plain
Spot hundreds of lions, all the big five around the mighty endless plains. Later in the evening you will go check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Sunrise game drive and flying back to Dar es salaam
Today will be a last day for a half day safari game drive in the endless plains of Serengeti. You will go for a early morning sunrise game drive which is the best for spotting wildcats. Late morning you will check out the park and drive back to Arusha airport ready to take a flight back to Dar es salaam of which will be your final destination.
Tanzania’s climate is tropical, the temperature ranging between 22 and 30 degrees centigrade. December to March are the hottest months, while June to august is the coolest. Coastal areas are usually hot and humid. There are two rainy seasons: long rains from mid march to June and short rains form November to January.