Serengeti National Park game drive safaris :  The stunning Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania’s northern region and dating back to 1951, is the country’s oldest national park. Spanning 14,763 square kilometres, it is renowned for offering the most amazing and unparalleled wildlife viewing safaris in all of East Africa.

There are game drives available in the Serengeti National Park in the morning, afternoon, evening, full day, and night time. There are two distinct seasons in the Serengeti National Park: the rainy, wet season and the sunny, dry season. Depending on the interests of the visitor, any season is worthwhile for wildlife viewing safaris. For example, November to May is the rainy season, when it is best to visit the park to witness the wildebeest migration, which is always the most popular activity in Serengeti National Park. During this time, visitors can see the wildebeests returning to the park from Masai Mara to give birth and get ready for their yearly migration once more, depending on the patterns of the rain.

Morning Game drives in the Serengeti National Park

An early game drive before the sun rises is an incredibly fascinating experience that takes you through the expansive savanna plains of the Serengeti National Park as early as 6:00am to witness the beauty of African nature. Here, you can see nocturnal mammals hurrying back to their hiding places before the sunrise, hunters returning from their protracted night time hunts, early-rising mammals grazing on fresh vegetation, and birds singing melodious tunes in the branches of the trees.The majority of the time, a morning wildlife drive includes a bush breakfast to allow visitors to remain in the wild until noon. You can, however, choose to head back to the lodge for breakfast before continuing your game drive till lunchtime.

Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Without a question, the greatest place in East Africa for a full-day game drive safari experience is the Serengeti National Park, where visitors can spend the morning hours before dawn to dusk. Carrying a packed lunchbox, which is always enjoyed as a picnic lunch under the tree shade and the wildlife drive continues, is the greatest way to spend a whole day driving in the Serengeti National Park. But, the majority of visitors who feel the need for a hot meal choose to come back to the lodge for lunch and breakfast after their all-day wildlife drive. During the whole day wildlife drive, visitors can witness nocturnal animals, hunters, and herbivores in the morning. By midday, herbivores are the most frequently sighted mammals.

When dusk falls, nocturnal animals and hunters can be observed emerging from their hiding places to begin their night time hunts. Previously, they would visit waterbodies to relieve their thirst. Start time for the full day game drive is 6:00 am and it ends at 5:00 pm.

Evening Game drives

Shorter than two to three hours, but very rewarding, evening game drives in the Serengeti National Park allow visitors to see grazing herds of various mammals as the sun sets. They can also see nocturnal animals and hunters as they emerge from their hiding places, watch the sundowner, and take memorable photos of it while taking in the sounds of roaring lions and other predators. The evening game drive runs from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., during which time visitors get ready for an exciting journey.

Serengeti National Park game drive safaris
Serengeti National Park game drive safaris

Night Game drives

In the Serengeti National Park, night game drives are conducted under strict ranger supervision beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the use of sport lights.

The best place in Serengeti National Park to go on a game drive safari

Since the Serengeti National Park is a savanna, almost every area is suitable for game viewing, though some may be challenging to navigate by car. There are many options available for wildlife viewing safaris, including flying in a hot air balloon and going on a walking safari, among other options, to see a variety of wildlife species in the endless plains. Large herds of wildebeests, gazelles, impalas, topis, and many other animals can be seen grazing in the savanna grassland. There are also many birds and monkeys in the acacia tree-filled woodland, buffalo, hippos, and elephants deep within the swamp areas, and hippos, crocodiles, and various aquatic birds can be found along the rivers. But the whole park can be divided into the following sections:

Southern section: The Seronera River and Valley make up the southern portion of the Serengeti National Park. There is a vast expanse of open savanna grassland in the southern section of Serengeti National Park that extends towards Seronera Valley, home to an abundance of species. Rivers run through this southern section of the Serengeti National Park all year round, providing wildlife with a fresh supply of greenery. In Seronera Valley, mammalian species are the most frequently sighted animals. Several animal species, including lion prides hiding in the Kopjes, leopards, wildebeests, buffalo, gazelles, zebras, dik dik, impalas, warthogs, and cheetahs. While some people live in the Seronera Valley, others come here during the dry months in quest of water. Walking safaris, hot air balloon safaris, and wildlife drives are available for exploring the plains of Seronera Valley.

Western section: The Serengeti National Park’s western section includes the Western Corridor, which runs to the Grumeti River and is the greatest place to go on a safari to see wildlife. Though primarily made up of savanna forest, the western corridor is the main destination for those hoping to see the wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park. In June and July, wildebeests can be spotted crossing the Grumeti River at this location, therefore plan a safari to see animals. Tourists can witness the most exciting and difficult scene in the Serengeti National Park when the wildebeests drown in the Grumeti River and some are seen being devoured by crocodiles. However, the remaining animals continue to cross the river and move towards the northern section of the park, following the greener, fresher vegetation on the other side.

These wide plains of savanna grassland extend towards the Masai Mara national reserve in the northern region of the Serengeti National Park. With the potential to see cheetahs, several mammal species, and bird species, this is also an excellent location for wildlife viewing.

 In summary, game drives and other wildlife viewing safaris, including hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, nature walks, and birding, are still the best ways to experience the Serengeti National Park.

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