Serengeti Safari Areas : Discover the different safari areas around. Serengeti national park is one of the greatest wildlife viewing destinations in the world and Tanzania as well.
SERONERA AND SOUTH CENTRAL
Seronera is situated in the very heart of Serengeti national park and the area southeast of seronera is the center of wildlife viewing in Serengeti national park most especially during the December – April rain season as the vast herds of wildebeests congregate in the area. Seronera area is also known as predator capital of the world with guaranteed sightings of leopards, cheetahs and lions.
Seronera area is truly the Serengeti Central, the area is well-known area for Hot air ballon – safaris, the area is also the location a several campsites and lodges situated near the visitors center. The visitors’ information center includes a small museum, coffee shop, picnic area and staff village.
The peak of wildlife viewing in Seronera area is between March and May, in this period the wildebeests and entourage around in the area. The area hosts a variety of different habitats and the water is available all year round, wildlife viewing near Seronera is best done around Seronera River as it is a home to one of the world’s densest population of leopards and lion sightings are excellent.
The sausage trees and umbrella thorns in the Seronera Area are ranked among the best places in Africa to search for leopards, there are also several lion prides in the area. Lion sightings are common around the Kopjes near Seronera, the Moru Koppies offer very good lion and cheetah sightings. Seronera and the South Central also host about 25 black rhinos which are offspring of a heard of seven that migrated across from Ngorongoro.
Where to stay in Seronera and South Central
There are numerous safari camps and lodges located in the Seronera and South Central plains of Serengeti national park and they include Namiri Plains, Four Seasons, Dunia Camp, Siringit Serengeti Camp, Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp, Roving Bushtops, Nasikia Ehlane Plains Camp, &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas, One Nature Nyaruswiga among others.
SOUTHEASTERN PLAINS AND ANDUTU
Southern plains and Ndutu of Serengeti national park represent the image of the classic Serengeti, featuring short – grass plains stretching from the western side of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the South East Serengeti national park.
Southeastern plains and Ndutu are a vast open expanse teeming with wildlife year round, however the peak in terms of wildlife density is between December and April. In this period, Giant herds of wildebeests, gazelle and zebras are attracted to the area by the pouring seasonal rains and the best place to see them is around Lake Ndutu where the female wildebeests give birth to countless calves. This period is referred to as calving season and is one of the highlight of the Great Migration.
The newly born calves attract predators which results into the southeastern Serengeti becoming the dramatic scene of new life and death.
The Southern plains are dotted with several clusters of Koppies/kopjes forming a microhabitat inhabited by non-plains wildlife such as rock hyrax, klipspringer, leopard and several cliff-nesting raptors. Lions use the Kopjes as shelter as well as vantage point which enables them to survey the surrounding plains, Simba Kopjes found in this area on the main road between Seronera and the Ngorongoro Crater offer good sightings for lions.
Serengeti animals in this area include lions, cheetahs, eland, wildebeests, bat –eared foxes, zebras, Ostrich among others.
Where to stay in Ndutu & Southeast Serengeti plains
There are relatively few safari camps and lodges in the Ndutu & Southern plains of Serengeti national park, the accommodation options in this area include Olakira luxury safar tents, Nomad Camp, Mwiba Lodge, Roving Bushtops, Sanctuary Kusini Safari Camp and Serengeti Under Canvas.
The Western Corridor of Serengeti national park also referred to as Serengeti west is a stretch of land following the course of the Grumeti River from Serengeti Central for about 100 kilometers out towards Lake Victoria. The area is dominated by the Grumeti River and Mbalageti River, these river run more or less parallel in a westerly direction about 20 kilometers apart from each other.
Both of these rivers support substantial chunks of riverine forests before emptying into Lake Victoria, the area is dominated by a minor mountain ranges and the area supports a sizable spectrum of resident wildlife throughout the year.
May – July is the busiest period of the western corner coinciding with the Great migration passing through the western Corridor on their trek to the north, the herds faceoff The Grumeti River which is an enormous obstacle. Though it is not as large as the crossing of the Mara River, it is thrilling to see.
Wildlife viewing in the western Corridor is consistent all year round as the area supports substantial resident population of giraffes, wildebeests, elephants, zebras, lions, cheetahs among others.
Where to stay in the Western Corridor
There are just a few safari camps and lodges found in the western Corridor safari area of Serengeti national park and they include Nomad Safari Camp, Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge and Serengeti Under Canvas.
GRUMETI GAME RESERVE
The Grumeti Game Reserve is an integral part of the Great Serengeti ecosystem and is situated next to Serengeti national park, the game reserve was created in 1994 purposely to protect the annual wildebeest migration route.
Grumeti Game reserve is situated in a remote and beautiful corner of Serengeti national park and is one of the best – kept secrets of Tanzania, because of the remoteness of the area it offers exceptional game viewing experience with the feeling of exclusivity. Grumeti is known for its large prides of lions comprising of between 20 and 60 individuals.
Grumeti game reserve is one of the few places in Serengeti offering walking safaris this activity offer visitors an opportunity to explore the bush, track animals, learn about birds and insects and discover cultural and medicinal uses for indigenous plants.
Where to stay in Grumeti Game Reserve
There are a limited number of safari camps and lodges in Grumeti Game Reserve and these include Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge.
Serengeti Mara is one of the part of the northern Serengeti national park and is the only section of the park that can match the southern plains , this Serengeti safari area is a small portion of sloping grassland wedged between the Kenya border and the Mara River and is accessed near Kohatende Rangers Post by corssing a concrete causeway spanning the Mara River.
The area is an expansion of the world famous Masai Mara national reserve and is a home to significant numbers of lion, herds of elephants, topi, zebras, Cape buffalo, wildebeests and cheetah that can be spotted all year round.
This area is famous for the Mara River Crossing arriving in the area in July to September and is seen along the course of the Mara River, Serengeti Mara is the best location in Serengeti national park to see the wildebeest river crossing.
Where to stay in Serengeti Mara
There are numerous safari camps and lodges in Serengeti Mara safari area of Serengeti national park and these include Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Serengeti Bushtops Camp, Lemala Kuria Hills Tented Lodge, Nomad Lamai Serengeti and Olakira Camp.
NORTHERN SERENGETI PLAINS, LOBO AND LOLIONDO
Serengeti North is an great Serengeti safari area serving as an essential corridor for the Great Migration connecting the southern green season short-grass plains in the south with dry season areas up north, the area is a little visited portion of Serengeti national park and is normally overlooked by travelers, Serengeti Safari Areas
Northern Serengeti plains is unspoiled, beautiful and quiet when compared to the Southern Serengeti plains, the area stretches from the Lobo Hills southwards to Seronera and is typified by green rolling hills which are a pleasant diversion from the much flatter southern plains. The area is dominated by denser vegetation and because of this, wildlife viewing is more difficult and does not match up to the plains of south of Seronera.
Loliondo Game Controlled Area
The Loliondo Game Controlled Area is not part of Serengeti national park but functions as an integral part of the Great Migration route through the Greater Serengeti ecosystem and is accessed through Klein’s Gate (20 kilometers north of Lobo), the area also extends more than 4,000 kilometers along the north Eastern border of Serengeti national park and the northern border of the Ngorongoro Crater Area, Serengeti Safari Areas.
Where to stay in Northern Serengeti plains, Lobo and Loliondo
There a few camps and lodges located in the northern Serengeti & Lobo Area of Serengeti national park, these accommodations include &Beyond Klein’s Camp, Nomad Camp, Taasa Lodge and &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas.