Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular Safari destinations in Africa with an abundance of wildlife and classic African scenery. The park offers excellent wildlife viewing through the year, with the great migration occuring between July and November - which is one of the most remarkable wildlife encounters in the world. It therefore goes without say that Serengeti is the ultimate safari destionation for both first-timers and experienced safari-goers.
For many tourists planning to visit Serengeti, personal security is most important, as evidenced by one of the most frequently asked being ''is Serengeti a safe place to visit ?''
Serengeti National Park is a very safe destination to visit. The park is well protected by professionally-trained Park Rangers and wildlife Wardens. Below are some of the reasons why Serengeti is one of the safest park to visit for a safari in Tanzania.
Location: Serengeti National Park is located away from towns and cities, adjacent to the Kenya border and is northwest of the adjoining Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area is basically in the widlerness hence naturally peaceful and with a low human population. There is also an international border that separates Tanzania’s Serengeti from Kenya’s Masai Mara, and though the border is not physically marked, it is well secured and this increases the safety and security within the park as a consequence of there being an international border here.
National Importance: With Tourism being one of the leading sources of revenue in the country, the Tanzanian Government, as a priority, has put in measures to ensure the personal safety of tourists visiting key national parks and reserves. Serengeti is a premier park in Tanzania, attracting a huge number of tourists from al across the world, and making it a big income earner for the country. It therefore receives keen attention in terms of security from the Government of Tanzania.
Management of the Park: Serengeti National Park is managed professionally by TANAPA ( Tanzania National Parks Authority) which in turn have deployed highly trained park and wildlife rangers, some of whom may be armed. Teams of these personnel patrol the park on a constant basis. To further ensure your safety, virtually all the hotels, camps and lodges in the reserve have their own guards around the clock monitoring movements of wild animals in and around their properties as well as ensuring the safety of their tourists / guests. As wild animals can be dangerous, there are a set of park rules which visitors are asked to adhere to for their own safety, one of these being to stay in your vehicles at all times, unless at designated picnic or walking areas. Driving in the dark is also not allowed in the park and all the visitors must exit the reserve or return to their camps or lodges by dusk, usually 6.30pm. Night game drives are also not allowed inside the main reserve.
Every year, literally thousands of tourists visit and stay overnight in Serengeti National Park every year and it is rare to come across any safety or security related incidents. These statistics indicate how safe the park is for visitors.