The National park was established in 1952 gained more fame in 1959 after the award-winning book and later a film “Serengeti shall not die” by Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s, German zoologist who was first to conduct systematic wildlife population survey at Serengeti National Park in 1950s. The park covers an area of 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), which is larger than Connecticut State in the USA. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as from 1981 and as a Biosphere Reserves.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language and means “endless plains” suggesting its vast ecosystem. The annual wildebeest migration starts in January/February before spreading over to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in the months of July. Over one and a half million to two million wildebeest, zebras, topis, gazelles travel to the northern part of the park after the long rains in April, May, and June.
Serengeti National Park Weather
The park is usually warm and dry and it’s usually interrupted by two rainy seasons in March to May when there are heavy downpours and November to December short rains. Daytime temperatures vary between 15 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius, the variation is caused by the height above sea level, the higher you travel, the cooler it becomes, On average the temperature drops by 6.5 degrees Celsius for every 1,000m you climb (climb (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft), Though its hot during the day, it cools down at night and early morning.
Serengeti National Park Location
The altitude of Serengeti National Park ranges from 3,020 feet to 6,070 feet (920 meters to 1,850 meters), asl. The park ecosystem ranges from the shores of Lake Victoria, to the southern borders Kenya Masai Mara game reserve and to the south-eastern side lies Ngorongoro Conservational Area. It’s approximately 335 km (208 miles) from Arusha Town.
Serengeti National Park Hotels
Several classified categories of accommodations are available in Serengeti National Park; it all depends on your budget. They include; Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge. Please contact us for booking and recommendations.
Best Time to visit Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti National Park is an all year round tourist destination, best wildlife viewing is during the dry months and while the wildebeest are calving in the south eastern parts of Serengeti from late January to February though this may vary depending on the rains.
Serengeti National Park Safari
Serengeti national park safaris can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi as an extension of an Africa safari or from Arusha Town – Tanzania.
Some of Serengeti National Park Safari packages offered by DK Grand Safaris include; photographic safaris, private safaris, family safari, honeymoon safari, customized and group safari. These safari packages include; accommodation, safari with 4×4 Land cruisers, game drives, Serengeti fees, and park entrée fee, professional guides etc.
Serengeti National Park Animals
More than 35 different animal species have been recorded in Serengeti National Park, which includes; Thousands of wildebeests, several zebras, gazelles, elephants, hippopotamus, primates, buffalos, hyenas, lions, jackals, giraffe etc.
In addition to mammal viewing, more than 350 species of birds have been noted in Serengeti National Park, They include; several species of vultures, bustards, weavers, larks, hornbills, starlings, kingfishers, doves etc.
Safari to Serengeti National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Chief Park Warden
Serengeti National Park
P.O. Box 3134 – ARUSHA
Tel: 028 2621515/1510