8 Things to do in the Serengeti

Serengeti means Endless Plains in Swahili and the national park certainly lives up to its name! Spanning two countries into Kenya as the Masai Mara, the Serengeti can be a little intimidating at first sight due to its size. How are you likely to see anything in such a huge area? But you need not worry as the Serengeti makes for one of the most amazing Safari experience and with three Serena properties spread across the Serengeti including Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp and Kirawira Serena Camp, you are assured to catch the action no matter which part of the Serengeti you are staying at.

Go on a game drive twice a day

Due to its sheer size, Serengeti feels like you are on an episode of National geographic because of the many animals you get to see and the behaviors you get to observe. With numerous predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals and resident herds of antelope, giraffes, zebra and wildebeests, Serengeti really is the one stop place for all you could ask for in a safari.

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Cheetah on a mound to get a vantage point

Do it like the first explorers; enjoy some G&T as you watch the sun go down

When in Africa, drink gin. Many countries on the continent, such as Tanzania, were settled by Great Britain. If there’s one thing the Brits successfully exported to the world’ it’s gin.

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Sundowners in the Serengeti

The African sunset is a must witness

The landscape in the Serengeti is so unique that it instantly stands out of the crowd. With its relatively uncluttered horizon, and larger than life animals scattered among it, the silhouettes of elephants and giraffes make the Serengeti a truly unique experience.

Sunsets at Kirawira Serena Camp
Sunsets at Kirawira Serena Camp

Get to witness the greatest show on earth; the Migration

The Serengeti sets the scenes for the greatest show on earth; the Great Migration of millions of wildebeests and Zebras gazelles and elands s: the Great Migration of herds of over a million wildebeest as well as hundreds of thousands of other hoofed animals, including zebras, eland, and gazelle. There is this great misconception that migration happens over a short period in a year and comprises just one event. The truth is, the migration is a cyclical event and can be witnessed through out the year. January-March: the wildebeest are concentrated in the northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area and southern Serengeti area grazing and calving (February is prime calving month typically), April and May see the herds beginning to head in a northwest direction in search of green grass and May is generally the beginning of the mating season or “the rut” for the animals, June often finds the herds beginning to concentrate on the western side of the crocodile-infested Grumeti River (river crossings), July and August the herds continue to move in a northeast direction towards the Mara River and the Kenyan border (time of dramatic Mara River crossings), September-December the herds graze in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and then begin to slowly migrate in a southwestern direction back into Tanzania to begin the process again! The actual movement and timing of the migration depends heavily on the rainfall and weather.

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The Great Migration

Up up we go on a Balloon Safari

This is the most amazing way to see the Serengeti. Launching with the sunrise and seeing the plains open up below you is magical or if you would rather do it in the evening, you don’t get no better sunset views that when up in a balloon. Get to spot the animals as you fly over areas that you can’t get to by vehicle

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Balloon Safari in the Serengeti

The bird life

This open grassland supports a wide variety of bird such as Kori bustard, Larks, Fiches and Raptors. The park is home to the amazing Lilac-breasted roller and three endemic species of Tanzania: Fischer’s Lovebird, Grey-romped spur fowl and Babbler-like rufous-tailed weaver.

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Bird life in the Serengeti

Lunch in the wild

Lunch at carefully selected areas, offering the most spectacular views of the Savannah is the perfect surprise after an exciting morning game drives

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Bush lunch after a game drive with Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Stay at a camp that allows you to you to hear the wildlife at night

Tanzania has it as a rule that you cannot fence your property ensuring that the park remains undisturbed as much as possible and that the hotels do not interfere with the natural movement of the animals. At night you can hear the animals – hyenas, lions.. quite the experience to share their home with them. The campsite is not fenced and animals do come around the tents

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Mbuzi Mawe Serena Safari Lodge

 

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