Serengeti Fly In Safari
Excludes flights & taxes
This Safari is excellent for guests who are short of time. The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world.
Serengeti Fly In Safari
Transfer from Arusha Hotel to local airport for your morning flight to the Serengeti. You will have a meet and greet at the local airstrip and then take a transfer by vehicle to your camp. Explore the Serengeti in our safari vehicles with our professional guide to share all the history, flora and fauna with you. A safari briefing will take place either this evening, or in the morning before you head off!
Overnight at selected Serengeti Wilderness Camp; depending on the time of year and the anticipated movement of game; we will advise you of the best place to stay when you travel.
Serengeti Wilderness Camps are inside the national park, and are in the safari style of olde; simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of. The camp comprises of maximum 12 tents; each comfortably furnished with great attention to detail. Quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en-suite all add to your comfortable stay.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp enjoys a central location; and is a great place to base up just about all year round. There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope. At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp.
You will spend days exploring the Serengeti eco-system in our safari vehicles; in which you will find a selection of reference books on Tanzania’s parks, history, its flora and fauna, and a cool-box or fridge for drinks. In our specially customised extended land cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height extended to allow ease of photography and game-viewing; with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Our land cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360 degree views.
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than 3 million large mammals. One can see about 35 species of plains animals here, including the “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog. The black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed in recent years thanks to constant surveillance, but are in an inaccessible part of the park.
Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboon, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, serval, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, vervet monkey and some 20 types of antelope. There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.
But the most popular animals here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. One can see lions, cheetahs and leopard here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
We bid farewell to the camp staff, and transfer to the airstrip; allowing a little time for game viewing en route (you never know what you may see!)
Flight to Arusha, where you will take a transfer to Kilimanjaro airport, or onward to another safari!
The Migration Explained
The following should be used as a guideline; movement of wildlife depends on a great many aspects; but this helps to explain the seasonality of game viewing. Remember there is resident game throughout the year in the Serengeti / Ngorongoro eco-systems.
January, February and March
The big herds of wildebeest are generally in the southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system, calving takes place over approximately two weeks. Lots of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland.
April and May
The herds start moving toward central Serengeti. This is typically the rainy season, however, game viewing is still excellent and there are some great discounts available at lodges and camps. It generally doesn’t rain all day. Photography is generally superb with moody skies and good depth of colour.
June, July and August
The wildebeest move from the central area and split to the west and north, continuing their trek toward the Mara River. River crossings may be seen in both the western corridor (Grumeti area) and north (Mara River) within the Serengeti.
September and October
Whilst some of the wildebeest successfully reach the Masai Mara, there are still hundreds of thousands remaining in the northern region of Serengeti, offering those with patience the chance to see river crossings (the Mara River runs through the Serengeti).
November and December
The big herds start to return from the north, to the southern plains, to start the whole process again!