We were only a small group, the tour leader, the drivers and just three guests. This worked well for us as we were then able to take a cruiser rather than the large truck but it was very hard work for the trip leader as he was leading us and going out of the game drives and then once we got to camp he was then cooking too. We got to see the highlights of the area with the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro, these are very broadly similar but they each have their own distinct feel to them. We mainly went for the animals and basically saw everything that we hoped to see.
Serengeti Safari Holidays
Top 5 Wildlife Experiences on Serengeti Safari Holidays
Seronera: In the heart of the Serengeti National Park is the wildlife-rich area of Seronera. During the rainy season, between December and April, confusions of wildebeest head to Seronera. The area is also famous for being the predator capital of the world and there’s a good chance you’ll spot animals such as lions and cheetahs here, with rare sightings of the leopard. On a Serengeti safari you can explore the diverse habitats of Seronera where game congregate around the various water sources. Game drives along the Seronera River give you the opportunity to look for lions and the more elusive leopard, which is more likely to be found lurking among the sausage trees.
Visit the Ngorongoro Crater: This vast volcanic caldera is a must-see destination on any Serengeti safari. Created by a volcanic eruption, the Ngorongoro Crater was formerly the tallest mountain in Africa but now it is home to forest, grassy plains and a soda lake where flamingos and flocks of other birds gather. As you stare over the rim into the crater, you’ll see steep cliffs tumbling to the floor and extinct craters surrounding the valley. Bar the wildlife, this is one of the most spectacular sights you’ll witness on Serengeti holidays. While you’re here you might also be lucky enough to see the Big Five, consisting of the Black Rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard.
The Great Migration: If you haven’t heard of the Great Migration, this is one of the most dramatic spectacles in the animal kingdom that you’ll witness on Serengeti safari holidays, and it lures wildlife lovers from all over the world. Between January and March, millions of wildebeest, zebras, elands and gazelle begin their epic journey from the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of wetter grasslands. This is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that makes Serengeti holidays so unique.
Stay in a Tented Camp: If you want to truly immerse yourself in Serengeti safari holidays, camping in the national park brings you closer to the wild side of Africa. Being exposed to the sights and sounds of the wilderness lets you experience nature at its finest. And the best campsites are those that aren’t protected by fences to keep the animals at bay. Imagine waking to the sound of an African Cape buffalo grazing by your tent or listening to the distant roar of a lion – this is a wildlife adventure you’ll never forget.
Watch Animals Drink from Water Holes: The Serengeti National Park provides vital water sources for animals, and they are often seen congregating around the waterholes at different times during dry periods. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll find one of the many different species of animals gathering by the water, and you might even get a glimpse of a leopard here during your Serengeti safari. These much-needed sources of water can be one of the best places to get up close to game in their natural habitat.
Emma Biggs Kenya & Tanzania Adventure
Sarah Jones Kenya & Tanzania Adventure
We got very lucky on our trip and saw so much wildlife, including the Big 5 – even the black Rhino and Leopard! Our group leader and crew were all amazing and so helpful. The journeys are very long and bumpy, and can get very dusty – but you see so much, its worth it. We were given the option to upgrade our accommodation a few times, which was nice to get a bed. But the basic camping was also a great experience and still had decent facilities like showers and toilets. The beach stay at Paje in Zanzibar was a lovely end to the trip – I didn’t want to leave!
Barrington Smith Kenya & Tanzania Adventure
From initial contact through to updates and advise this was a very smooth and brilliant experience.
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