Serengeti to Kilimanjaro safaris
Serengeti to Kilimanjaro Safaris : Serengeti national park is a famous safari destination in the northern part of Tanzania and another destination which is popular in Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest peak in Africa at 5895 meters.
Tourists visit both these destinations for an experience of getting to the highest peak in Africa and also enjoying a game drive in one of the oldest national parks of Tanzania which is home to numerous wildlife species.
It takes a couple of day’s safari to visit both Serengeti national park and also engage in a hiking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro. These combined safaris are usually lengthy and can be up to 8 or more days depending on one’s preference.
Wildlife safaris coupled with a hiking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience while exploring the northern tourist destinations of Tanzania.
Hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro can also be done and after this experience, tourists can visit other wildlife viewing destinations in the northern part of Tanzania such as Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and the Ngorongoro conservation area.
The distance between Serengeti national park and Mount Kilimanjaro is about 200 miles. Mount Kilimanjaro is found in Mount Kilimanjaro national park in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The national park is also home to different wildlife and bird species.
The different activities which are carried out during safaris to Serengeti national park include the following;
Game drives in Serengeti national park
Safaris to Serengeti national park involve driving around the savannah plains of the national park while looking out for different wildlife species such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, elands, waterbucks, hippos, wildebeests and many others. This activity is carried out in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. Game drives around Serengeti national park can also be done for a full day.
Guided nature walks around Serengeti national park
Serengeti national park can also be explored on foot during a guided nature walk experience which takes place in the company of an armed ranger guide.
The guided nature walks can be carried out during a safari for a period of about 4 to 6 hours around the grassy plains, rock outcrops and woodlands of Serengeti national park while exploring the varied ecosystem of the national park
Nature walks are carried out in some parts of Serengeti national park and can be for a full day or half day excursions. Wildlife species such as elephants can also be encountered during this activity in the national park.
Bird watching in Serengeti national park
Bird watching is also carried out during safaris around Serengeti national park which is home to various bird species including migratory birds, endemic and near endemic bird species. There are over 400 bird species in the national park.
This activity can be combined with a wildlife viewing experience around the vast savannah plains of Serengeti national park. The time of the year which is recommended for bird watching is during the months of November to April.
Hot air balloon safaris in Serengeti national park
A safari around Serengeti national park also involves engaging in hot air balloon experiences. This activity is carried out in the central part of the national park, western Serengeti as well as in the northern part of the national park.
There are 4 launch sites for hot air balloons around Serengeti national park which start early in the morning. This is an exciting experience as tourists enjoy an aerial view of the savannah plains and it starts with briefing.
After landing at the hot air balloon launch site, the passengers share champagne and breakfast before returning to their lodges and engaging in other activities during their safaris.
Community tours with the Maasai people
Safaris around Serengeti national park also involve experiences with the Maasai people who are known for their unique way of life and culture. The activity involves engaging in activities such as visiting the traditional homesteads, watching traditional dances of the Maasai warriors among others while getting to know more about their way of life.
Some of the accommodation facilities around the national park also organize the visits to the Maasai villages for their guests to enjoy learning more about the Maasai culture, seeing local arts and crafts and interacting with the locals and this is an exciting activity.
The Maasai can also be seen in other destinations around the northern part of Tanzania during safaris such as Karatu town and Mto wa mbu town.
Hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is popular for hiking experiences which are carried out around different routes such as the Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, Rongai route, Umbwe route, Shira route.
Hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro can take about 5 or 6 days and more depending on the routes which are used for hiking. There are 5 climatic zones on the mountain and these include the bushland zone, rainforest zone, moorland zone, alpine desert zone and the arctic zone.
During hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro, guides, porters and cooks accompany the hikers as they strive to reach to the summit of the mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro which is a snow capped mountain and also a strato volcano has 3 volcanic cones such as Mawenzi, Kibo and Shira.
- Wildlife viewing is also carried out during safaris to Mount Kilimanjaro national park which is home to wildlife species such as duikers, cape buffalos, monkeys among others and many bird species.
- Along the slopes of the mountain and in the neighboring town of Moshi, tourists during their hiking experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro can also interact with the locals such as the Chagga people.
How to get from Kilimanjaro airport to Serengeti national park
There are flights from Kilimanjaro international airport and Arusha airport where tourists on safari to Serengeti national park and Mount Kilimanjaro can get to the destinations.
Another way to get to Serengeti national park from Kilimanjaro international airport is by driving from Arusha to the national park which is however a long drive and recommended for long safaris to the destination.