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Serengeti National Park Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Serengeti National Park, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Capital Dodoma
Language Swahili
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Voltage 230V

Featured on countless wildlife documentaries, the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park have been attracting wildlife enthusiasts for decades. It is home to one of the world’s most incredible movement of animals: The Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest and zebra travel hundreds of miles on their continuous journey, risking their lives as they traverse crocodile-filled rivers, in search of fresh grass shoots following the rains. Fascinating predatory species are never far away, so ensure you have plenty of memory cards for your camera.

Luxury lodges and romantic tented camps boast prime locations amongst the wildlife hot spots of the Serengeti National Park.  Morning and afternoon safaris take you in search of the ‘Big Five’, as well as zebra, giraffe and hyena. After watching the setting sun over the acacia trees, gin and tonic in hand, return to your luxury accommodation for drinks with your fellow guests around the camp fire, before dining under a sky blanketed with stars.

Highlights+
Wildlife

The vast Serengeti National Park covers an area of nearly 13,000 square kilometres and is home to resident populations of lion, cheetah, giraffe and elephant. Rhinoceros, zebra and gazelles can also be seen grazing on the open plains, whilst hippopotamus wallow in the rivers. With 500 recorded bird species, this is truly a wildlife paradise.  With the annual wildebeest and zebra migration passing through the park, it’s no wonder the Serengeti National Park is on most people’s bucket list.

The Great Migration

One of the most spectacular wildlife experiences in the world can be seen in the Serengeti National Park, when over two-million wildebeest and half-a-million zebra migrate across the plains, in search of nutritious grass shoots, following the annual rains. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer volume of animals until you witness first-hand the vast herds as far as the eye can see. 

Walking Safaris

Accompanied by an experienced guide and armed ranger, a walking safari is a great way to gain a greater insight into the eco-systems of the Serengeti. Learn how to identify the tracks of animals , as well as which plants are used for medicinal purposes by the Maasai, as you journey on foot.

Climate+

The climate of the Serengeti National Park is subtropical. May to August is dry and relatively cool; September to October is warmer still and remains dry; while November to April experiences more rain, though still with warm temperatures. The below figures contain the average maximum temperatures and average rainfall for each month.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Serengeti National Park.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2980
February29100
March29130
April28155
May2790
June2735
July2615
August2730
September2855
October2970
November28115
December28105

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Via Amsterdam with KLM to Kilimanjaro from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Humberside, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.


Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam: 12 hours, 45 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Visas are required prior to arrival and can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission at www.immigration.go.tz for approximately USD$50 per person. NB: Five passport photos are required for the application.
 

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Please be advised that a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be required for travel (in any direction) between South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk
 

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