Serengeti National Park – Wildlife Safaris Tanzania: Car Rental Congo.
Serengeti National Park of Tanzania & Masai Mara National Park of Kenya are the top wildlife parks in East Africa that are visited while on Africa Safaris, According to Car Rental Congo, there is massive tourism in these two parks mostly during June, July, August & September.
Serengeti national park covers 14,750 square kilometers of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the southwest lies Maswa Game Reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast and east lies the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem. It is characterized by vast plains, savannah, wooded hills, large termite mounds, rivers, and acacia woodlands.
The spectacular wildlife witnessed in the park generally refers to the great Wildebeest migration where a million wildebeests chase green lands across the rolling plains of Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. Sometimes they are seen in 40 square kilometers long columns migrating across the rivers to the north, over a distance of 1,000 square kilometers, after spending three weeks of mating and giving birth to 8000 calves daily. This migration and life cycle creation is an annual feature witnessed in the park. This migration is in unison with 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle in search of grazing pastures, aptly described as “six million hooves pound the open plains”.
Other mammals seen here are buffaloes, elephants, giraffe, a large number of elands, topis, kongonis, impalas, and Grant’s gazelles. The predators inhabiting the park are lions, leopards, jackals, spotted hyenas, rock hyrax and serval cats. Reptiles include agama lizards and crocodiles. Bird species recorded are more than 500, which include ostrich and secretary bird. 100 varieties of dung beetle are also reported.
Don’t miss the wildebeest migration.
Africa is full of amazing wildlife experiences but one of the most spectacular to witness is the Great Migration. A once in a lifetime experience and on the bucket list of many a traveller to Africa, none can surpass this incredible spectacle: a million wildebeest crossing the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass while braving predators and perilous river crossings.
How to access Serengeti National Park
The most popular way to travel to Serengeti National Park by road is by booking a drive-in safari. In general, the drive-in safaris start from the town of Arusha. As it will take approximately eight hours to travel from Arusha to the Serengeti National Park, an overnight stay at one or more wildlife sites en route is usually part of your safari itinerary.
Serengeti self-drive safaris
Although not recommended, the Serengeti National Park is accessible when traveling by (rental) vehicle. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving by yourself through the Serengeti National Park. A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year. Petrol is sold at Seronera in the Southern Serengeti Area but driving is not permitted in the park after 19:00.