The famous Serengeti National Park is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations and it’s no surprise why; it’s home to the Big Five, about 500 bird species and Africa’s most well-known great migration. Here are 10 reasons to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania on safari.
If you’re determined to see the migration, to hear the grunting and see the dust, ask your safari company to help you book camps in the right areas for the month when you’re travelling. Bear in mind, though, that this is nature, and depending on the rains and many other factors, even in July/August you might sit for days waiting for a river crossing, or even miss one completely.
2. Game drives
4. Hot air balloon flight
5. Walking safari
6. Maasai village visit
Some Maasai cultural experiences can feel unauthentic and forced. The best way to avoid the more commercialised tours is to look for an operator that practices responsible tourism that benefits the local community in an ethical and sustainable way. See point 10 below for more about responsible tourism in Tanzania.
7. The call of the wild
8. The landscapes
9. Sunsets and sunrises
10. Responsible tourism
Responsible travel companies to look for in Tanzania include: andBeyond, Asilia Africa, Hoopoe Safaris, Kirurumu Under Canvas, Legendary Expeditions, Nomad Tanzania, Singita and Wild Frontiers. On each of their websites you’ll find a declaration of their responsible tourism attitude and achievements, helping you to choose your safari partner wisely.
Two bonus tips
If you’re making the trip to Serengeti, two things to do close by that you should consider adding to your itinerary are the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (a World Heritage Site in the Highlands that’s named after a large volcanic caldera/crater) and Olduvai Gorge (one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world).
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