Game drives in Serengeti national park : Game drives are among the many activities t take part in during a safari in Serengeti national park in Tanzania.
Serengeti national park is a famous wildlife viewing destination in Tanzania and it is found in the northern part of Tanzania. Tanzania Wildlife safaris to this destination can be carried out during anytime of the year.
Game drives in Serengeti national park can be done at any time of the day including early in the morning when the wildlife species are active and also during the afternoon and also in the evening hours of the day.
Full day game drives are also carried out when exploring the different parts of Serengeti national park including the northern plains, southern Serengeti and also in the western and central parts of Serengeti national park.
These game drives in Serengeti national park are carried out at different times of day in 4×4 safari vehicles which have open roofs that make it easier for the tourists to see the different wildlife species found in the destination.
Game drives in Serengeti national park can be organized by the tour operators as part of a package for Serengeti national park or tourists can hire a local guide to accompany them during a wildlife viewing experience around the national park.
Serengeti national park consists of vast savannah plains, acacia woodlands and the park also has kopjes and it covers about 14,750 square kilometers. You can explore the different habitats in the park during game drives and in the search of wildlife species in Serengeti.
During game drives around Serengeti national park, the wildlife species which can be seen during safaris include the big five such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos which many tourists visit the park to see.
The wildebeest migration is also among the attractions that can be seen during game drives in Serengeti national park. Over 2 million wildebeests can be seen during safaris in Serengeti national park during different months of the year.
Around January to March, game drives following the wildebeest migration can be carried out around the Ndutu area which is in the southern part of Serengeti national park where over 8,000 wildebeest calves are born. Predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs can also be seen during game drives around Ndutu as these predators wait to catch their prey in the savannah plains.
Game drives for a chance to see the wildebeest migration around the central part of Serengeti national park can be done around April and May. Many other wildlife species can be seen during these wildlife viewing excursions around Serengeti national park.
During the river crossings along the Mara river, game drives can be done in the northern part of Serengeti national park as they cross to the Kenya side of the river and continue to graze in the Masai Mara reserve. These river crossings during the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park take place during the months of June to August and they also take place along the Grumeti river in the western part of Serengeti national park.
Best time for game drives in Serengeti national park
They can be done at any time of the year and the best time for wildlife viewing at the destination is during the dry season from June to October when wildlife species gather around water sources.
Safaris in Serengeti national park can also be done during the rainy season which is also the good time for photography and bird watching. These rains are received around March, April and May and also around November.
Wildlife species which can be seen during game drives around Serengeti national park include wildebeests, elands, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, dik dik, kudu, waterbucks, impalas, gazelles, hartebeests, zebras and many others. Serengeti national park has one of the densest populations of lions and also numerous wildlife species which can be seen during safari.
Many other activities apart from game drives are carried out during safaris in Serengeti national park and these include hot air balloon safari rides, nature walks, bird watching and also cultural tours.
Hot air balloon safaris in Serengeti national park are also carried out during tours at the destination and they start as early as 5:00 am and the balloon ride takes about 1 hour before landing and enjoying a full English breakfast and sparkling wine. Wildlife species can also be spotted in the savannah plains below during hot air balloon safaris which are carried out in different parts of Serengeti national park.
Walking safaris in Serengeti national park are also carried out during tours in Tanzania and they involve exploring the savannah plains on foot and getting a closer encounter with the natural surroundings in the park and also seeing wildlife species with the help of a ranger guide. You can also enjoy bush breakfasts or dinners during tours in this part.
Bird watching is another experience to enjoy when exploring the park and there are over 500 bird species in the park. The best time for this activity of bird watching is during the months of November to April.
There are different ways to access the park during tours in Tanzania and they include driving from Arusha to the park which takes about 7 hours and another way to get to the national park is by flight. Serengeti national park is also a few hours drive from other parks found in the northern part of Tanzania like Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and also the Ngorongoro conservation area.
Flights to the northern part of Tanzania can be got to Kilimanjaro international airport and from this airport; you can be driven to Serengeti national park for the game drives during a wildlife safari. The different airstrips found around Serengeti national park include Kogatende airstrip, Seronera airstrip, Kirawira airstrip, Ndutu airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Kirawira airstrip among others. These flights are provided by domestic airlines such as Coastal Aviation, Regional Air among others.
Visit Tanzania today and explore the vast savannah plains during game drives as you look out for the different wildlife species during your safari.