No trip overseas anywhere in the world compares with the Serengeti Safari. The Serengeti National Park is a must just for the sheer exhilaration of its wildlife experience. The Serengeti safari is so spectacular that it deserves more time to explore and absorb its full-blown beauty.
The Serengeti National Park is the kingdom of predators, while the huge herds of the Migration thunder across the plains in countless numbers.
A unique way to see the Serengeti is a safari by hot air balloon. Leaving your lodge in the central Serengeti at 5 am, this is the one time to drive in the Serengeti in the pre-dawn. Night drives are not allowed inside the Serengeti National Parks. Take off is at dawn, ascending as the sun rises and floating silently in whichever direction the winds of the morning takes the balloon; sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
At times, ascend to 1000 meters or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. The hot air balloon is to travel along the Serengeti in silence apart from the natural sounds below.
Questions to consider when planning an Serengeti Safari
The cost to travel to and safari in the Serengeti is a major consideration for most people. The Serengeti is not cheap – with park fees alone are US $60 per person per day. There are some lodges that cater for budget safaris in the central Serengeti and if you also travel in low season then costs are reduced considerably.
How long should a safari be - the Serengeti alone is so vast months could be spent exploring. Five days spent in the central and southern Serengeti or the central and northern Serengeti depending on the time of year is the minimum time to get any real feel or enjoyment for the area.
What time of year is best for a safari? The dry season in the Serengeti National Park is July to December with the short rains in November. The long rains are from March to mid June. However, the weather does not always act predictably. Some years we have had more rain in January and February that the whole of the wet season. It may be better to say the rains are from November to June with a drier period from December to mid March. Low season is both cheaper and the Serengeti National Park has less tourists. It all depends on what you want from your Serengeti Safari and to work closely with your tour operator will help. I would try to avoid late July to the end of September for the sole reason it is just too busy.
Getting to the Serengeti - If you are a seasoned traveller, there is no reason why you should not arrive here and organize your safari with a local operator. This way your itinerary may be more interesting and you will save money. However if you do this late July to September you may be disappointed as the lodges at this time are fully booked [in some cases up to one year in advance].
The safest option is to book through and agent or tour operator. To join a group or a private safari. Joining a group will be cheaper; the cost saving being the only advantage in joining a group. To take a safari and have a vehicle to yourself will give you more privacy, is more relaxing and there will be more flexibility with the itinerary.
What to take - travel light or dress for dinner. This depends on your itinerary, what time of year you travel. Your tour operator will give you all this information. The more questions you ask the more successful will be your safari. The quality of the answers you receive to your questions will also indicate how interested your operator in Tanzania is on the success of your safari verses simply making a profit.
One last remark will be to relax whilst on safari – take off you watch as it simply will not be needed. There is not the same urgency in the Serengeti as back home so relax and enjoy the adventure
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