FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions regarding your safari to serengeti. Please find the answers to each of the questions below;

Where is Serengeti National Park ?

Serengeti National Park is a large national park in northern Tanzania that stretches over 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq mi). It is located entirely in eastern Mara Region and north east portion of Simiyu Region and contains over 1,500,000 hectares (3,700,000 acres) of virgin savanna. It is globally renowned for its exceptional wildlife and perhaps for the Great Migration.

What is the best time to visit Serengeti ?

Serengeti National Park is regarded as an year round safari destination as it offers ideal climate with abundant resident wildlife for excellent game viewing. However, the best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the dry season from late June to October. This is also when the spectacular wildebeest migration occurs. You can see more details here .

What is the Great Migration ( Wildebeest Migration )?

The Great Migration also known as the Wildebeest Migration is the mass movement of over a million plus animals including wildebeest, antelope, Zebra and the Big Cats such as Lion from Serengeti into Masai Mara. The migration is actually a continuous year long clockwise movement encompassing Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya, influenced by a number of factors including weather, pasture and mating~birthing cycles.

Do I need a Visa to enter Tanzania?

Yes, a visa is required if you plan to travel to Tanzania, except citizens from countries who are exempted. You will also need a passport with 6 months validity and at least 2 blank pages to enter the country. Tanzanian entry visas are exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their E-visa before departure. You can apply for the E-visa here.

Is it safe to visit Serengeti ?

Serengeti is quite safe to Visit. Tanzania itself is one of the safest countries in East & Central Africa. The Tanzanian parks and reserves are professionally managed with adequate security in place. Safety is bolstered by the fact the wilderness areas in Tanzania such as Serengeti, away from urban areas, is naturally safe and secure.
See more here Is Serengeti Safe. In terms of safety from Animals, incidents of wildlife attacks on visitors to the park are very rare. Camps and Lodges in Serengeti have night guards who patrol the property and keep the vicinity safe. During the day, your Safari Driver-Guides would typically guide you on how to approach the wildlife in the safest way, either on your game drive or your walking safari.

Why is Serengeti important ?

Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, African leopard, cheetah and African bush elephant. It also hosts the Great Migration, which secured it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten Wonders of the World.
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How much is it to enter the Serengeti ?

Park entry for non-residents is currently $70 per adult and $20 per child for 24hrs. For Residents and Expatriates it is $35 per adult and $10 per child for 24hrs. For East Africa Citizens it is TSH 10,000 per adult and TSH 2,000 per child or student for 24hrs. For a vehicle with 6 seats and under is it KES 400 and for 6-12 Seats is it KES 1000 per 24hrs.
Please note that this excludes the concession fee.

Can a child come on a Safari?

Yes, children of all ages are allowed to enter Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and enjoy a Safari.

Is there mobile network coverage at Serengeti ?

Yes, both Vodacom and Airtel mobile service providers have a wide coverage at Serengeti National Park. Some lodges and Camps even have complimentary WI-FI and computers for guest's use. Although there are some areas in Serengeti where there is no mobile coverage.

Is Malaria an issue in Serengeti ?

Due to the high elevation of Serengeti, Malaria is very rare since mosquitoes do not live at those elevations. However, although Malaria is sparse in this region, it does exist. You can see more on this page.

How many days do you need in Serengeti ?

Ideally, a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights is perfectly okay. This will give you enough time to explore and view the entire variety of wildlife and sceneries in the park.

What activities can I expect to do ?

To make most out of your safari; here is a list of to do activities: Safari Game Drives, Hot Air Balloon Safaris, Masai Village Tours, Nature & Bush Walk, Picnics in the wild as well as Bush meals and sundowners.

How many Hotels are there in Serengeti ?

Hotels in Serengeti fall into two general categories - Lodges and Camps. It is estimated that there are over 150 camps and lodges located in Serengeti National Park and the various conservancies neighboring the Park. Note that some of these camps especially the exclusive or luxury ones tend to have few rooms, with fewer than 40 beds.

Which are the best Hotels, Camps or Lodges in Serengeti ?

There are several luxury tented camps and lodges which are highly rated internationally and global award winners. Some of these include And Beyond Klein's Camp, Serengeti Bushtops Luxury Camp, Mbalageti Safari Camp, Sanctuary Kichakani Camp, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Namiri Plains, Mwiba Lodge, Lamai Camp, Singita Faru Faru Camp, Lemala Nanyukie, One Nature Nyaruswiga and Sayari Camp among others. You can see more details here .