Tour Starts & Ends
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
No. Persons Limit
Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.
On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)
Cost of Addtional Services
Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels $ $ $
3 – 2 day Serengeti safari tour in the Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is an African wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see. Popular for its wildlife and the Great Wildebeest Migration, a Serengeti safari has a lot on offer.
As you’ll see the Serengeti is a massive park, measuring 14,763 square kilometres. It’s part of Tanzania’s famous Northern Circuit, and is usually accessed from Arusha, a town south-east of the park.
What is the best month to visit the Serengeti Safari ?
The peak season from July to October are the best months to go on a safari to the Serengeti as the weather is dry, the wildlife is in abundance and vegetation relatively sparse, which makes viewing easier.
Below is a month-by-month guide to timing your Serengeti safari based on what you want to see.
January-March: Calving Season
Large herds of wildebeest and zebra are gathered in the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. January-February also offers a brief dry spell between the rainy seasons.
March-May: Out of Season
This is the rainy season so not all of the lodges are open and some roads are inaccessible. Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park are effectively closed during this time, however, the Seronera region has good sightings all year round. Benefits to travelling out-of-season are that there are fewer tourists and safaris and accommodation cost less. Dunia Camp’s rates in April and May are half that of peak season.
May-July: Western Corridor and Seronera
Some wildebeest herds are in the lesser-visited Western Corridor or Grumeti section of the park where visitors may see smaller river crossings. Mobile Camps are set up in central Serengeti which is known for sightings of the big cats.
July-October: Dry or Peak Season
The sparse vegetation and gatherings of animals around the water make this the best time for wildlife viewing. This is also the best time to see river crossings at the Mara River in northern Serengeti. Expect more people and vehicles around sightings.
November-December: The Short Rainy Season
For bird lovers, November to April is the best time of year as many species are in breeding plumage and European and African migrant birds are around.
Wet weather also means fewer people and lower prices. Depending on the year, rains could come early or late, so if you are well prepared the risk may be worth it.
How much does a Serengeti Safari cost?
The average Serengeti safari tour will cost around $1,000 per person for 3-4 days or $1,300 for 5-6 days.
However, the cost depends on how long you’re planning on staying and other critical factors like the safari type (private or group tours), transportation (flights), meals, and accommodation (camping or lodges).
Luxury safaris are generally longer with more time in each area and a cost upwards of $10,000 per person. Whereas budget Tanzania safaris can cost as little as $150 per day.
You can also check out which Tanzania safari packages suit you best and how to prepare for your next great adventure.
Additional experiences like hot air ballooning in the Serengeti (from $ 850 per person) will make your stay extra special. It is worth budgeting for optional extras.
How long should I spend in the Serengeti safari ?
There is so much to see in the Serengeti so ideally, you’d spend at least a week, but you could conceivably spend two weeks.
If possible, include other areas like the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park.
Most Serengeti safari tours start at Arusha and stop overnight in popular spots, including some combination of the national parks.
If possible, book to stay longer in more remote areas. This way you avoid rushing between tourist attractions and get to experience a more authentic safari. A longer stay gives you time to explore remote areas and enjoy special experiences.
Bookings should be made as far in advance as possible because the best accommodation and tours fill up quickly, especially over peak season.
Night safaris are not offered in the Serengeti National park borders but are available in areas just outside of the park, including Singita’s Sasakwa, Faru Faru and Sabora. Here you might encounter such nocturnal creatures as bat-eared foxes, aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, bush babies and African civets.
What is the difference between the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Masai Mara?
The differences between Serengeti Safari , Ngorongoro and Masai Mara come down to four important factors: geography, size, varieties in wildlife and tourist populations.
While Serengeti and Ngorongoro are 200km (about 124 mi.) apart in Northern Tanzania, Masai Mara is on the south-west border of Kenya and 192km (about 119 mi.) from Serengeti.
Of the three, Serengeti National Park is the largest conservation area, measuring 14, 763 km² (about 5700 sq mi), whereas the Masai Mara National Park is 1,510 km² (roughly 583 sq mi) and the Ngorongoro Crater is 264 km² (roughly 102 sq mi). In layman terms, Serengeti is about 20 times the size of Masai Mara while Masai Mara is 7 times the size of Ngorongoro.
Other differences include what wildlife species can be found in each region. Serengeti boasts 35 species of wildlife (with numerous wildebeest, lions, birds and zebras) and the setting of 80% of the wildebeest migration route. In Serengeti, there are always migrating herds.
In comparison, Ngorongoro is home to over 300 wildlife species (like flamingos, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs) while Masai Masa boasts 90 wildlife species (as well as giraffes, hippos, cheetahs and zebras). Also, unlike Serengeti and Masai Mara, you will only be able to see certain animals like giraffes, impalas and crocodiles in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but not in the crater itself.
With that said, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Masai Mara do share some commonalities, like the popular wildebeest migration and notable sightings of the Big 5.
When it comes to choosing tourist destinations, Tanzania is generally less crowded than Kenya which makes for a more exclusive safari. Unless seeing Kenya is your goal, Tanzania is generally the better safari option.
It might just be that a combined Kenya and Tanzania safari package is more practical so you can get the best of both worlds.
What wildlife will I see in the Serengeti safari ?
The Serengeti has over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. It also has over 35 species of plain animals, and the largest lion population (roughly 3000 lion) in Africa.
Of all the Serengeti Animals, the Big 5 are the most sought after and you’ll be pleased to hear that the Serengeti has all of them.
There are also more than 540 species of birds recorded in the Serengeti. Some of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Many companies offer specialist birdwatching safaris.
In terms of the Big 5, here are some top tips to see them:
When is the best time to see the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti Safari ?
The best time to see the great migration in the Serengeti depends on the month you plan to go on safari. The map below gives you a rough indication where the migrating herds are in the park by month.
Find out more about the great wildebeest migration.
What accommodation options are there on a safari in the Serengeti?
There are three main accommodation options on a Serengeti safari: camping, mobile camps and lodges.
Mbalageti Safari Camp
Most permanent accommodation sites, including Sayari, Nomad Lamai and Lobo Lodge (which is more budget-friendly) are up north closer to the Mara River. Kusini Camp and Ndutu Lodge are in the south, and Singita has three camps on the Western corridor.
Please Note: For reliable WiFi, lodges and permanent camps are your best bet.
Where to stay? Here are 5 of my favourite accommodation options in the Serengeti Safari:
How do I get to the Serengeti?
Most Serengeti safari start in the town of Arusha. From here it takes around 8 hours to drive to the Serengeti National Park. It could be better to split the long drive by spending a night in one of the visit-worthy Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara or Tarangire national parks.
If you’re travelling in July-September time when the Wildebeest Migration is in the northern part of the Serengeti, it can be better to travel from the Kenyan side.
Finally, there is the option to charter a flight from Arusha.
*Costs are subject to change. These are just guide prices.
Please Note: small planes have strict baggage restrictions of 15kg per person, including any hand luggage and duffel bags. The costs are per person and are subject to change.
Transportation to/from Lodge : 360kms (9 – 10 Hours’ Drive)
from Arusha on a dry weather road through Makuyuni, Mtowambu, Karatu Area&Ngorongoro crater.
flight from Arusha Airport to Seronera Airstrip
Seronera Airstrip is 11Kms from the Camp,
‘Meet and greet’ and transfer services can be provided.
How safe is a Serengeti Safari?
Going on a safari in the Serengeti is a safe and fun experience. Always listen to your ranger’s instructions and note basic guidelines:
Please note: Malaria is a risk in Tanzania, so consult your doctor about medication options before setting off. Make sure to pack a first aid kit with necessities including band-aids, headache tablets and diarrhea medication.
What food will I get on a Serengeti Safari?
To make the most of game-viewing, you will be spending most of the day out in the vehicle. This means that meals will often be packed picnic-style – breakfasts, lunches and snacks along the lines of sandwiches or wraps, fresh fruit, cheese, cold meats, muffins and pastries.
It is important to let your tour operator or camp chef know about any dietary requirements in advance. They will be happy to cater accordingly.
Please Note: It is illegal to feed the animals, take leftover food back with you to the camp.
ONE DAY SERENGETI SAFARI | $968 USD per person
The Fly to Serengeti Safari National park is one of the most important natural protected areas of eastern Africa. It spans over an area of 14,763 Km² bounded by the Kenyan border near Masai Mara, the Ngorongoro natural reserve and other important wildlife reserves. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO on 1981.
You will be able to find among many other species, all five members of the so-called “big five”: elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos (*black) and Fly to Serengeti Safari is perhaps most renowned for the great migration of its Wildebeest.
The Masai who had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for thousands of years had always thought likewise. To them, it was “Siringitu” the place where the land moves on forever.
Experience some of the best game viewing in Africa with scenic flight transfers, on this three day fly-in safari to the Serengeti. It is easy to extend your stay with extra nights and there is a choice of stunning camps.
Soak in the majesty of the savannah on your scenic flight to the Serengeti
Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on three game drives into the National Park
Learn about the local environment, flora and fauna from experienced guides
Stay at a choice of two safari camps, both in stunning surroundings
Transfer to Arusha airstrip for your flight across northern Tanzania to the Serengeti where, on arrival, you will be transferred to your choice of camp for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive.
Mbuze Mawe Camp: is located in the central region of the National Park, providing convenient access to seeing the migration through most of the year. The 16 spacious tents have a beautiful setting dotted amongst the rocky glades of the camp and feature en suite facilities and a private terrace.
Kirawira Camp (upgrade): is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti and offers 25 elegantly furnished tents, raised on platforms overlooking the plains. To arrive here is to be transported back to the safari camps of the early 1900s with a dash of Edwardian style. The elegant main tent is furnished with Persian rugs, antique escritoire and a wind-up phonogram for that classic ambience.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Our 3 days 2 nights Serengeti Safari is an exclusive wildlife safari traversing through the major Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. With our short safari in Tanzania, you are guaranteed to have the best safari holiday experiences, including wildlife sightings, and amazing luxury camping experiences.
(335 kms, 5 to 6 hours)
At 07:00 am, you will be picked up from your hotel/residence in Arusha and driven to the great Serengeti National Park (14,763 sq km or 5,700 sq miles). Picnic lunch will be served in the park, followed by game drives.
Serengeti National Park is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, African buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles and more. There are many species of birds, including the Eurasian migrants.
You’ll stay in Serengeti National Park
We have multiple amount of accommodations, which fits any type of budget
Ngorongoro Crater and Central Serengeti Safari
7 days/6 nights from $3894
Our Serengeti Walking Safari delves into prime wilderness areas of the Serengeti. Explore the eco-system and experience the sights, sounds and scents of the African Bush. Leave your vehicle behind and walk in the wilderness with our professional guides.
We’re uncovering the premier areas of this game-packed region. So we’re footloose for three days guided walking in the national park. Our guides show us how to look for footprints and track wildlife in this beautiful wilderness.
First of all, the Ngorongoro Crater sits on the rim of the collapsed volcano. Furthermore, it’s a world heritage site. Therefore, it’s often referred to the eighth wonder of the world!
The crater floor is a natural amphitheater with a span of 19.2 kilometres and an area of 304 km². It’s home some 30,000 animals including vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. And the brightly coloured flamingo on the lakes are an amazing sight.
Elephant, cheetah, leopard and lion can also be seen but especially relevant are the of the endangered black rhino. And, thanks to anti-poaching patrols, the crater is now one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can see black rhino, with the number now approaching 25.
The National Parks have some incredible pristine walking areas and without a safari vehicle in sight. Great for photographers – a unique and truly memorable game viewing experience.
You’re met at your Arusha Hotel. Briefing by your guide and leave for Ngorongoro Conservation area. Afternoon walk on crater rim with Masai Conservation Guide. Overnight Lodge accommodation h/b basis