The Serengeti in Tanzania during the Great Migration is a once-in-a-lifetime destination that any wildlife enthusiast should have firmly near the top of their bucket list. Getting the best out of a trip to this incredible part of the world requires forward planning and expertise to make sure you maximize your chances of optimal game viewing, choose the right accommodation type for your party and efficiently plan your travel to and from this remote and magical part of the world. Safari365 has years of experience and the inside track, equipping us to help craft your perfect itinerary.
Types of accommodation
When planning your trip to the Serengeti, you can choose to stay in permanent lodges and tented lodges or mobile camps. The permanent options tend to offer a superior service to mobile camps (fully equipped and usually with more highly specced kitchens, as well as extras like bars, swimming pools and laundry rooms). Mobile tented camps are non-permanent structures with the upside that they can move according to the Great Migration route, and while smaller and more pared back, are by no means lacking in service. These camps will still have chefs and waiters to cater to your needs, and offer a more immersive experience of the bush.
Times of year
There is no ‘wrong’ time to travel to the Serengeti, as the timing of your trip will depend entirely on what you’d like to see, and where you’d like to be based. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, but certain areas are better at specific times. As a general rule, the best time to visit the Serengeti National Park is in the dry season (from late June to October). This period offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with June and July the best months to see the wildebeest migration in the western corridor and August to September good for the north of the park and a chance to see the famous Mara River crossing. The timing of the migration does vary every year while the wildebeest calving is from late January to February. March and April are the least optimal months weather wise – as this is the peak of the wet season.
Modes of travel
The majority of safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best way to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is situated about 46 kilometres from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and use a domestic flight to get to Arusha Airport (ARK).
. In Arusha you will be met by a Safari365 representative who will cater for all your road transfers. The most convenient method of travelling from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small charter plane to one of the numerous airstrips in the park (from Arusha, the Serengeti is approximately 325 kilometres often on dirt roads). If you do opt to do the trip with a guided 4×4 transfer, the views from your traverse over the Great Rift Valley are spectacular and landscape throughout intriguing.