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Best Things To Do in Serengeti National Park

Located in Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is a popular park, not only to Africans but to travelers across the world. The park is home to various animals including lions, leopards, and more than 475 bird species. It is a wildlife haven both for the animals and safari lovers. Zebras and other animals can enjoy their meal in the vast savanna. If you are a safari lover, here are 9 things to see and do when you’re visiting Serengeti.

9. Book a Game Drive

A game drive is a must-do when you’re visiting Serengeti National Park. You will have an opportunity to enjoy a trip into the wild and see the animals in their habitat, but you need to pay attention to several things when booking a game drive so that you will have a good experience. First, make sure that you get the right drive by doing a research on plenty of reviews before booking. Second,  make a sight-seeing priority list. Some areas of the park take longer to get than others. The long distance would be a waste of your time. Third, going with professional guides is recommended in your trip. Their skill will help you spotting wildlife and knowing more about the ecosystem and animals.

8. Visit the Serengeti Visitor Center

The Serengeti Visitor Center is a perfect place to take a rest for a while after exploring the national park. This visitor center has a nice picnic area with tables, washrooms, gift shop, coffee shop, and a walking path for self-guided walks. Serengeti history, its wildlife, and the ecosystem are explained in exhibits and detailed signs.

7. Explore a Maasai Village

Maasai Village is home to Maasai people, a semi-nomadic people who live in the Great Rift Valley. Visitors can visit the village, called bomas, and learn about the Maasai way of life. The Maasai people make traditional handicrafts and sell them to the visitors. It is an important source of income for the Maasai people. By visiting the village, you will not only learn more about their traditions, customs, and lifestyle, but also can help them increase their income from selling souvenirs.

6. Take a Night-Time Game Drive

Some of the animals that live in Serengeti are nocturnal animals, so, there is no way to see them other than booking a night drive. You will see hyena, impala, foxes, bush babies, aardvarks, and other animals hunting their prey or being hunted by predators. You’re not allowed to do night drives directly in the park. You can only do it on the very outskirts of the park. Though you’re only on the outskirts, don’t worry. You’ll still get the opportunity to see the animals.

5. Witness the Moru Kopjes

When you’re visiting Serengeti National Park, don’t forget to visit Moru Kopjes, miniature mountains in an ocean of grass. The kopjes are the most popular and most often visited kopjes in Serengeti. You can spot the big cats and other animals since the kopjes are a necessary vantage point for hunters and predators like cheetahs, lions, and leopards. Not only the hunters, but the black rhino also love the kopjes. Make sure to grab your binoculars so you can see them clearly!

4. Hear the Call of the Wild

If taking a game drive day and night are not enough for you, then staying overnight in safari tent would be perfect. By sleeping outdoors, you will hear the sounds of wildlife, including crickets, African eagles, and more. You can pay $50 USD for a basic tent or up to $1000 USD for a luxury tent. You can stay at the campsite after a day of game driving or maybe stay there before taking a night drive. Choose the one that works best for you.

3. Visit Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge is a paramount paleoanthropological location where Louis Leakey, a famous anthropologist, found human fossils and ancient tools in 1929. More than 60 fossil remains of human ancestors were discovered in the extensive gorge. Unsurprisingly, the discovery is invaluable and has been helping us to understand human evolution. Located in the eastern part of the Serengeti Plains, don’t forget to stop at Olduvai Gorge when you’re traveling between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

2. Take a Balloon Safari Over the Plain

Another thing to do in the Serengeti National Park is take a balloon safari. The hot air balloons will bring you up to the sky for an aerial view of this park. The balloons leave at dawn so you can see the sunrise too. The rides also include the added “bonus,” a glass of champagne and a full breakfast. The rides aren’t too long but it’s worth it.

1. Observe the Great Migration

The Great Migration is one of many reasons why people want to visit Serengeti National Park. They can see this most dramatic event at Mara River where herds of millions of ungulates (hoofed animals) migrate. The animals such as zebras, gazelle, and impala should cross the river and risk their lives. If they are unlucky, too young or too feeble to complete the journey, they can get dragged down by crocodiles or other predators. This is a cyclical event that begins with calving season, searching for grasses, and on to mating. Then they come back to their point of origin in southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Don’t forget to tell your guide in advance that you want to see the migration since it can be unpredictable.

 

 

 

Source: escape here

Originally posted 2017-06-06 08:29:32.

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