Serengeti National Park Travel Guide

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Serengeti National Park Things to Do

  • baboons

    Many troops of Baboons roam the Serengeti. Its the most common monkey and one of the most common animals in the park. It's best to maintain a distance as there are aggressive and will steal anything they can get their hands on.

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  • Martial Eagles

    This eagle is identified by their dark heads and white underbellies. Its one of the largest eagles and is found throughout sub Saharan Africa. its one of the continents fiercest predators feeding on everything from lizards to small antelope.

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  • Marabou Stork

    As everywhere throughout east Africa the Serengeti has marabou storks. As scavengers, you can find them at many kill sites but being omnivores a garbage dump serves equally well as a fresh kill. They prefer wetlands but can be seen just about anywhere.

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  • Superb Starlings & Buffalo Weaver

    These very colorful birds are common throughout the park and are found throughout Africa. The superb starling is the more colorful of the two with a blue top and orange breast. The buffalo weaver are mostly black and white with a dash of orange thrown in.

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  • Sacred Ibis

    Common in Africa, Asia & Europe, the Ibis is found throughout Kenya and Tanzania. They prefer wetlands and can be found in many of the shallow salt lakes of the region. They have distinctive black heads and wing tips.

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  • Kori Bustard

    This large impressive bird roams the savannah. Although able to fly they spend most there time on the ground where they hunt prey. They are found from South Africa to the Ethiopia and although rare are not considered endangered.

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  • Vultures

    Anywhere there's a kill you will find it by the Marabou storks and the vultures. There are numerous species of old world vultures who will come in once the primary predators have finished there kill to finish off what's left.

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  • Cape Buffalo

    Cape Buffalo are found throughout Africa. Although they appear docile, they are very dangerous as there are territorial and will charge if encroached upon. They live in small herds often intermixed with other animals.

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  • Cheetah

    Elusive and solitary, cheetahs stalk the savannah. About 2,500 of these majestic animals still live in east Africa where they hunt the savannas as one of the top and the undenied fastest predator in the world.

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  • Cokes Hartebeest

    A relative of the Wildebeest, the lives primarily in Kenya and Tanzania. The Coke's Hartebeest that lie in herds of 30-300 animals. They live primarily on open savanna territory grazing on the local grasses.

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  • Duiker

    The duiker is a small antelope that lives across Africa. They are shy creatures the prefer to hide in the bush making them difficult to spot. They are also one of the few antelopes that prefer to live solitary lives.

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  • Elephants

    Large herds of elephants are found roaming the park. Up to 2,100 elephants live here. Elephants are amongst the most intelligent of animals with complex social structures and communications methods used.

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    Whatever Your Guide's Name Is: Camp Food

    by Jmill42 Written Oct 10, 2008

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    Generally, your only concern is making sure that you don't end up on the menu. We certainly never came close to any "restaurant" out in the Endless Plains, but I wanted to mention wild game eating. I really enjoyed the game I ate in Africa. In order of tastiness I would rank them as follows:

    1) Warthog
    2) Zebra steak (go medium-rare, as if it is well-done, it loses its slight gaminess and tastes like beef)
    3) Eland
    4) Ostrich
    5) Camel

    Not all of these are available in the Serengeti, mind you, but some of them are in the fancier tented safari places.

    Ummm.  Tasty.
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Serengeti National Park Nightlife

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    Night in the Serengeti

    by PeteG Written Jul 26, 2005

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    Obviously in the middle of the Serengeti there are no bars and clubs. The only noises you will hear are those of the animals and it is absolutely brilliant!

    We were lucky enough to be camping at the time of the Wildebeest migration in June. All you could hear all night were thousands of Wildebeest stampeding. They were probably half of a mile away but it sounded like they were coming through the tent!!

    We could also hear Lion, Hyena and Elephant during the evening and throughout the night. Simply fantastic.

    They don't stop just because it's night!

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Serengeti National Park Transportation

  • Guided tour: Ranger Safari

    To get all out of Your safari holidays, guided tour is a must. Our Tanzania safari in February 2004 included Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara etc. We used Ranger Safaris and were very pleased to our driver/guide (good knowledge of the area, the animals, the nature and spoke English very well + had great sense of humor).

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  • 4WD and Trucks only

    The roads in the Serengeti are fairly rough as you'd expect. The holes and carved out main road will bash any vehicle around so best you only travel in either a truck or 4WD vehicle. Remember to take plenty of water with you in case of break down though with the number of vehicles in the area you should be saved fairly quickly.

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  • Road Trip from Nairobi to The Tanzania...

    Shuttle – ( Rainbow Shuttle)Nairobi to ArushaAs promised our drive arrived at 7:30 AM to take us to Arusha. What some said would be a 5-hour trip in actual fact took 7 hours. It was a rough trip for at least ¾ of the way over dusty bumpy dirt roads. I guess if they ever finish the construction it might be easier…but it looked like a very slow...

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Serengeti National Park Local Customs

  • Obey the Rules

    Like any national park there are a number of rules to be aware of an obeyed. These can be found at each of the main entrances to the Serengeti (there are more than one) and are more common sense than anything else. The list of charges are also displayed and you can see why it is your local payment can get big rather quickly if you are visiting more...

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  • Masai

    The Masai have been moved out of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater over the years but you will still come across lots of them living outside of these national parks. You will find there will be lots of Masai women and children at any place tourists stop. They will all want to sell you beads etc that they have made and to be honest, they are...

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  • Dont take people for granted .

    I think its important to respect other peoples space and customs,when taking photos or visiting villages its nice to offer a few dollars for the privalige although the tribes people of the serengetti dont need money essentailly,it can help with medical supplies etc and other handy items,i actually envy people living in the modern world who live of...

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Serengeti National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Always ask before photographing a Maasai

    This is critical to your safety and the safety of your group. The warriors do nothing for free so may let you if you buy something or if you are part of an organised group doing a visit to a village. As the Maasai are not allowed into the Serengeti you are safe not making a mistake while inside however there are often Maasai at the gates either...

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  • Being safe at Night

    It's easy to take things for granted such as being able to walk to the toilet for a late night pee. In the Serengeti, due to the wild animals about, this isn't quite as easy. The rule is to never go the toilet by yourself - always take a buddy to keep watch and help raise the alarm in case of emergency.

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  • Photo Frenzy

    When you have found one of the big 5 - epsecially Lions - you'll most likely be surrounded by other photo hungry tourists in a matter of minutes. You can normally see jeeps of all shapes and sizes racing about the Serengeti trying to get their paying guests the 'great shot' of a Lion. Be aware that emotions can get a bit out of hand as other photo...

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Serengeti National Park What to Pack

  • Be ready for anything?

    To carry your gear you'll need a main pack of approx 70L and a day bag big enough for food and water during game drives. My day bag is only 22L and it was easy big enough for both the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Remember that it's very dusty here so what ever you wear on your feet, if the dust can get in it will! Sports shoes (tennis shoes, runners...

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  • Clean water

    Clean water is essential to your health whilst in africa dont ever assume that water is safe and this also applies when brushing your teeth and showering be very careful people die here drinking bad water !!!

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  • Chilly mornings and evenings

    Because of the excellent camouflage that the serengeti grasses offer it's denizens, you will need to scout for them using your binoculars and usually, standing in your 4x4 vehicle as you drive down the serengeti dirt roads. This makes for dusty and chilly winds sometimes.Evenings and early mornings are the best times for a game drive. That is...

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Serengeti National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    The big migration

    by inuit Written Jan 14, 2004

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    During migrating time of zebras and wilderbeasts in May and June there are over one million animals migrating via narrow corridors from Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the Grometi and Mara rivers.

    photo by: David Ben Zur

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Serengeti National Park General

  • private safari

    If you are looking for a private safari with a local company, choose Calabash Adventures and I was very happy wih the guide of Wilson and the food cooked by Juma!! And the boss in the office is Tillya and you can trust this company sending them the advance payment by bank transfer (which is normally the main concern for us people of the so-called...

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  • Serengeti Sunset

    No matter what you see on your trip, one of the most memorable and best things are the sunsets. As the sun goes down on the Serengeti the animals are out eating grass and each other. At this time it's really magic with the heat of the day gone, the animals out and the setting sun creating many a great photo.

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  • Upside down trees

    The Baobab tree looks like it is upside down with its roots showing instead of branches! It's an interesting part of the Serengeti with some stunning specimins to be seen. These trees flower at night once a year (under a full moon?) when they are polinated by moths and bats - bizarre but true. As the area is very dry the trees store water in their...

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Top 5 Places to See Animals in the Wild: Serengeti National Park

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Northern Tanzania provides more opportunities to see large numbers of animals in the wild than possibly any other spot in the world. VirtualTourist members mentioned both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area as prime spots to see animals in the wild. Both of these areas are famous for spotting the "big five," a phrase coined by hunters in Africa referring to lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros. Apparently, this phrase was coined because these five animals are the most difficult in Africa to hunt on foot, but now they refer to the animals visitors most want to witness on a safari. The Serengeti area also provides a unique opportunity to watch animal migration in action. The wildebeest and zebras spend the rainy season from December to June in the volcanic open plains below the Ngorongoro Crater where the grass growth is most productive and nutrient contents high. Once the rains stop in June, the animals move west towards Lake Victoria, and then migrate north into the Masai Mara, only to return to the Serengeti with the rain in December. It is one of the last great migratory systems intact and there are few opportunities to see over a million of any species, let alone just two, roam together.

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