Serengeti wildebeest migration
Serengeti national park in northern Tanzania is known for the great wildebeest migration which takes place annually.
The wildebeest migration is considered the largest movement of wildlife in the world. This migration takes place in Tanzania and Kenya where wildebeests can be seen during safaris at certain months of the year.
Over 2 million wildebeests as well as zebras and gazelles can be seen during the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park as they roam around the savannah plains in search of water and green pastures.
Wildebeest migration in Ndutu area
The wildebeest migration can be seen in the early months of the year in the southern Serengeti national park, near to the Ngorongoro conservation region. Moving clockwise between the Serengeti-Mara habitat is the migration.
The calving season, which occurs in the Ndutu region in January, February, and March, is well-known. The wildebeest migration is visible at Ndutu at this time of year, and young calves are born in the grass plains. The savannah grasslands are home to several predators, including lions.
Wildebeest migration in Seronera area
The wildebeests continue to move into the Serengeti National Park’s central region also known as Seronera around April and May. The Seronera area is popular during safaris in Serengeti national park.
Wildebeest migration in Grumeti area
The Serengeti National Park’s migration can also be observed in the western section of the park, where the Grumeti River is crossed by animals. Along the Mara river in northern Tanzania, where the wildebeest migration takes place, there are also river crossings.
Wildebeest migration in northern Serengeti
The wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park can be observed in the northern region of the park during the months of June, July, and August. The wildebeest migration in Tanzania is considered to be highlighted by this river crossing, which occurs during the peak of the migration. In addition, this is regarded as the ideal time to visit Tanzania to view the wildebeest migration and for safaris in Serengeti National Park.
The wildebeest migration in Tanzania lasts for around 9 months before crossing over to the Kenyan side, where safaris are conducted in Kenya’s south-western Masai Mara national reserve to witness the wildebeest migration.
Crocodiles, as well as predators like lions and leopards, attack wildebeests as they cross the Mara River into Kenya. The wildebeests cross the Mara river at various locations, and tragically some of them perish while trying to do so.
Following their migration through Kenya, wildebeests head back to Serengeti National Park, where another cycle of their migration begins.
Park entrance fees for Serengeti national park
Many tourists, both domestic and foreign, travel to Tanzania for safaris during the Serengeti wildebeest migration. During their safaris, visitors to the Serengeti National Park are required to pay a park entrance fee.
When taking a safari to see the wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park, non-residents over the age of 16 pay an entrance fee of 70 USD in the peak season and 60 USD in the low season. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 pay an entrance fee of 20 USD, excluding 18% tax.
Tanzanian citizens over the age of 16 who visit the Serengeti National Park pay an entrance fee of 35 USD during the peak season and 30 USD during the low season, while children between the ages of 5 and 15 pay an entrance price of 10 USD, excluding 18% VAT.
During safaris in Tanzania, East Africans and Tanzanians are charged park entrance fee of 11800 Tanzania shillings for those above 16 years and children below the age of 15 years are charged entrance fee of 2360 Tanzania shillings.
Activities in Serengeti national park
Game drives, nature walks, and hot air balloon rides over the savannah plains of the national park are a few of the numerous ways to enjoy Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park while on a safari.
Game drives can be taken around Serengeti National Park in a variety of locations, including the north, south (Ndutu area), central (Seronera area), and western portions of the park.
Game drives around Serengeti national park are conducted in the morning, as well as in the afternoon or evening, and involve 4×4 safari vehicles. These game drives can be taken in the national park as part of private safaris or group tours. This activity is also organized by some lodges in Serengeti National Park for visitors to the park.
Wildlife which can be seen during safaris around Serengeti national park include lions, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, waterbucks, impalas, zebras, gazelles, hyenas, kudu, elands, hartebeests and many others. The best time to see the wildlife species is in the dry season around June to October.
· During your visit to the Serengeti National Park, you can also participate in a walking safari. Because this activity is done away from the usual routes taken by safari vehicles, it is a worthwhile experience.
During the walking safaris, which offer a closer view of the Serengeti national park’s boundless grasslands, a ranger guide goes alongside the passengers.
· Another method to see Serengeti National Park is through hot air balloon safaris. With this excursion, you may enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti National Park’s highlights and witness the wildebeest herds cross the Mara River or graze in the broad savannah plains during their annual migration.
How to get to Serengeti national park
During a safari in Tanzania, there are various ways to reach Serengeti National Park, and you can choose between flying and driving there. You may begin a safari drive to the Serengeti National Park at Arusha town, and the trip will take you there in around 7 to 8 hours.
Serengeti National Park can be reached more quickly by air, which is an alternative while traveling there. Domestic companies including Coastal Aviation, Regional Air, and Flight Link, Auric air among others offer these flights to the Serengeti National Park.
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