5 Days in Tanzania For Serengeti National Park Tours

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Why Visit Serengeti National Park?

The Serengeti National Park is a wildlife refuge on the Serengeti Plain in north-central Tanzania. Established in 1951, it covers 5,700 square miles of grassland and woodland savanna. The park is famous for its herds of plains animals, including wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and other big cats! An international tourist attraction, the park's most attractive offering for visitors is its Serengeti National Park safari packages.

With so much land to cover and so many animals to see, planning a trip to the park can be daunting. Fortunately, Tanzania is home to many reputable tour companies that offer Serengeti National Park trips. These trips can be customized to cater to your interests, fit your budget, and provide a personalized experience that you will never forget!

A herd of wildebeests on serengeti in Africa

5 Bucket List Destinations In The Serengeti

For first-time safari-goers, tackling the vast, open plains of the Serengeti can be challenging. That is why reserving your spot with a reputable tour company is important. The tour operator will plan your itinerary, reserve your lodging, arrange meals, and safely navigate the roads within the country’s many national parks for you. So, if you’re ready for adventure, consider this sample itinerary as a starting point for your Serengeti National Park Safari package!

Day #1: Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a great place to begin a park tour. Named for the river that winds through the park, Tarangire is known as a favorite destination for birding enthusiasts. It is also home to the African Baobab tree, or “the tree of life.” Starting your Serengeti National Park trip at Tarangire National Park is an adventure! During your visit, you can see:

  • Elephants gathering along the Tarangire River.
  • Zebras, wildebeests, and water buffalo as they roam through the park's vast wilderness.
  • More than 500 bird species gathered in the park's trees and along the river's bank.
  • Predators like lions, leopards, and cheetahs as they stalk the park’s grazing animals.
  • Monkeys! But be careful – the curious creatures are known to take an interest in your lunch if you stop to eat and may try stealing your food.

Tarangire is a great place to begin your safari by learning more about wildlife behavior, how to track various animals, and the etiquette of a game drive before moving on to the Serengeti National Park. Once you have taken in all there is to see at Tarangire, venturing into Serengeti National Park will offer you the chance to witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration up close.

Day #2: The Serengeti National Park

Now that you’ve experienced your first day in the bush, you can head to the Serengeti National Park! The park is home to two million wildebeests, zebras, and antelopes. It's also an extremely large and wild game park, and home to the Big Five of Africa. This park is a favorite for tourists on Serengeti National Park tours. It’s easy to spend your entire day in the park on a game drive, looking for wildlife on the vast plains.

The name “Serengeti” means “endless plain,” and is very fitting. As you drive across the savannas, you will find yourself in the middle of a plain so large you cannot see its boundaries! But with such expansive and unobstructed terrain, you will soon realize you can easily spot all types of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, and even lions resting under the sparsely scattered trees. In this vast savannah, the golden sunlight filters through the acacia branches, creating a stunning natural backdrop for observing these majestic animals in their wild habitat.

Day #3: More Adventures In The Serengeti National Park

Game Drives in the Serengeti are among the most popular activities for visitors, and the easiest way to safely spot wildlife in its natural habitat. A typical game drive lasts from two to three hours in the morning and afternoon, with morning drives scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and afternoon drives scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Some of the more popular locations to visit on a game drive in the Serengeti include:

  • Grumeti River – watch the most exciting part of the Great Migration, as the great wildebeest herd lines up at the banks of the Grumeti River to wade through the rough waters on a daring river crossing. The bank is also a popular gathering spot for elephants, hippos, and monkeys. Just watch out for the crocodiles!
  • Moru Kopjes – in the middle of the Serengeti is a giant outcropping of rocks that rise from the earth. These are the Moru Kopjes, and they are scattered across the Serengeti plains. The rocks provide shade for the animals, as well as a great vantage point for predators.
  • Retina Hippo Pool – while a hippo looks like a lazy, gentle giant, just remember that looks can be deceiving! These ferocious animals are dangerous. However, at the Retina Hippo Pool, you can watch them relaxing in the water and showing off their lazy side as they relax.

Day #4: Ngorongora Crater

Serengeti National Park trips to Ngorongoro craterMake sure you have reserved a spot on one of the Serengeti National Park trips that visit the Ngorongoro Crater. This crater (once a giant volcano) is the largest intact caldera in the world. It is also a natural sanctuary for one of the densest populations of large mammals in Africa.

Because the crater is enclosed, it has effectively formed its unique ecosystem to support the variety of species that live there. The diverse range of flora and fauna found within the crater showcases the remarkable adaptability of life in this enclosed environment. Taking a trip to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a must for any visitor to the Serengeti. Game drives there are very popular, as the crater delivers some of the most reliable sightings of Africa’s Big Five – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard.

Day #5: Lake Manyara

The final stop of many Serengeti National Park Tours is often Lake Manyara. This park lies in a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. Its landscape is similar to Tarangire National Park but is more heavily forested – making it a great home for baboons and other monkeys. It is also a great location for birds and a very popular destination for bird watchers.

Lake Manyara is also home to Africa’s famous tree-climbing lions. Some scientists believe that the lions learned to climb trees to protect themselves from the constant irritation of insect bites they received when lying on the ground under the trees. Others believe this behavior helps the lions escape from the extreme heat of the underbrush. Either way, witnessing this unique activity is more than enough reason to visit the park!

A Whirlwind Tour Of The Serengeti

The Serengeti is much more than just one park. The region is teeming with conservation areas, parkland, and game preserves. It spans over 30,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most expansive and biodiverse ecosystems in the world. This vast ecosystem is teeming with a rich variety of flora and fauna, creating a haven for countless species to thrive.

Serengeti National Park safari packages can take you on a tour of the highlights of this incredible region, ensuring that you have the opportunity to see the best the parks have to offer. If you want to get the most from your safari experience, Serengeti National Park tours are a great option for any traveler.

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