Serengeti packages guide- which one suits you?
A Serengeti safari is a once in a lifetime experience filled with adventure, emotion, wildlife and picturesque scenery. A Serengeti safari does however require a lot of planning including booking flights, accommodation and experiences all in a foreign country.
Planning a Serengeti safari by yourself is quite the task, this is why many people opt for Serengeti packages which include customizable activity options and accommodation options whereby your booking company will organise everything on your behalf and will ensure that your experience is a hassle free one. We’ve compiled a list of Serengeti packages for you to choose from that suit both budget and luxury preferences.
Serengeti packages: all you need to know about a Serengeti safari
A Serengeti safari takes place primarily in northern Tanzania, in and around the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania is a rich and diverse country with stunning wildlife, beautiful scenery and welcoming people, and it is also notably home to Mt Kilimanjaro.
One of Tanzania’s greatest attractions, however, is the Serengeti. The Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems on our planet and has been able to adapt and overcome any challenges, while maintaining the health of the surrounding environment. The vast plains of the Serengeti are home to thousands of different animals and thousands of different ecosystems, while hosting one of nature’s most spectacular occurrences, the great migration.
The great migration is the phenomenal large scale traveling of thousands of herds of wildebeest in search of fresh water and fresh grazing pastures. The wildebeest travel over 800km per annual migration and the 1,5 million wildebeest are accompanied by over 20 000 zebras as well as other gazelle who join the herds in the search for fresh grounds. The wildebeests have unique migrating habits whereby the herd will split up into smaller herds that will travel in circles around the main herd.
Serengeti packages: activities
Most Serengeti packages are customizable, and you can therefore choose which activities you would like to participate in and where you would like the bulk of your money to be spent. In the Serengeti there are numerous invigorating activities on offer, some of which are orchestrated by the parks that you visit and others you will need to book independently. Most Serengeti packages should include at least a few of the following activities and attractions; witnessing calving season, the lion spectacle, game drives through the various parks, a hot air balloon safari and also extensions such as visiting Zanzibar and the Masai people.
Calving season in the Serengeti is known as the period where the wildebeest partake in an exquisite display of courtship followed by a mass birthing over the month of January and up to roughly mid-February. The male wildebeest will make rutting and grunting noises in an attempt to woo the female wildebeest, who will have a gestation period of 257 days and will then give birth in the middle of the herd for protection from predators. Some Serengeti packages will include this spectacle and will take place at the beginning of the year where approximately 8000 wildebeest are born each day of the birthing period.
If you still want to see the great migration but are not interested in seeing the calves being born, then the spectacular lion battles are a must see. There are over 3000 lions in the Serengeti which means that there is a very high chance that you will get to see them. The lions follow and stalk the herds throughout their migration and pick off wildebeest from the outskirts of the herd which is definitely a spectacle worth seeing.
Majority of the Serengeti packages will include many game drives which are definitely worth investing in. The game drives will give you the opportunity to see all of the incredible wildlife that the Serengeti has to offer, including lions, zebras, elephants, giraffe, leopard, white rhino, black rhino, impala, eland and over 500 bird species. Some of the birds you could potentially see in the Serengeti include the rufous-tailed weaver, usambiro barbet, Fischer’s lovebird, grey-breasted spurfowl and the kori bustard.
Another unique and invigorating experience that many people choose to do during a Serengeti safari is a hot air balloon safari. A hot air balloon safari is an incredible way to view Africa, high up in the sky with a breath-taking view of the picturesque Serengeti plains below. You will rise early in the morning with the sunrise and your trained pilot will glide you over the terrain and various water holes which will be packed animals so early in the morning. A hot air balloon safari is definitely sure to get your adrenaline pumping and you can include it as an extension of your safari, costing roughly US$500 per person per ride.
While a Serengeti safari is sure to be a euphoric experience, many people extend their trip to see what else Tanzania has to offer such as Zanzibar and the Masai mara people. Zanzibar is the serene coast of Tanzania which also extends out to smaller clusters of islands filled with luxury accommodation and copious activity options. In Zanzibar you will Stone Town, or Mji Mkongwe, which is a historic trade centre influenced by the Swahili and Islamic cultures.
Serengeti packages: budget options
A Serengeti safari will give you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and explore the vast African wilderness. This experience, however, is not always the most budget friendly one so we’ve compiled a list of budget Serengeti packages that range in activities but are not as costly as some of the luxury safaris.
• A four-day camping safari in Tanzania: This safari is perfect if you are looking to experience an authentic and raw journey where you do not mind roughing it just a little. This four-day safari starts at US$860 per person and includes all meals and transfer rates which is a bonus. This specific package will have you viewing the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro crater and also Tarangire. At night you will stay at various campsites and by day you will be immersed in game drives and journeying through the African wilderness.
• A five day great migration budget safari: This safari starts at US$980 per person and will have you exploring the Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Serengeti. On this safari you could witness the notorious tree climbing lions of the Serengeti and other animals such as hyena, rhino, flamingo, elephant, buffalo, apes and many gazelle.
Serengeti packages: luxury options
A Serengeti safari is a unique and rare experience that many people choose to invest in to ensure that they get the best possible memories out of their journey. If you have the money to spend, then why wouldn’t you splurge on Serengeti packages that are fully equipped with all the means to ensure that you remain pampered and relaxed throughout your safari?
• Tanzania guided 4×4 safari:
This luxury ten-day safari will have you viewing the Serengeti from the safety of a 4×4 which will be able to tackle the rough terrain and take you to the best viewing spots that the Serengeti has to offer. This package will have you visiting Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro crater and the blissful Serengeti where you will stay in the Lake Manyara tree lodge, the Ngorongoro crater lodge and also any of the various Serengeti National Park lodges. Experience the fine hospitality of the Tanzanian people while you survey the wilderness, spotting elephant, lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhino and more. This luxury safari will start at US$9000.
• 9-day Treasures of Tanzania safari:
This luxury 9-day and 8-night safari starts at US$8000 and will have you journeying to the Serengeti, Arusha, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro crater. On this safari you could potentially see lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino and more. Aside from a beautiful dinner on the Ngorongoro crater floor, another raved about experience is the coffee tour in Arusha which is how you will begin your safari.
Serengeti packages: accommodation
Wayo Bonangi green camp:
Wayo Africa offers a unique accommodation experience that takes into account the environment and prioritises sustainability. Wayo’s green camps leave virtually no carbon footprint and do not cause any damage or harm to the wilderness. Wayo’s Bonangi green camp is located in central Serengeti close to the Grumeti river and ranges from US$350 to US$400 per person per night.
The Bonangi green camp most notably boasts the perfect view of the wildebeest migration, hoisted on the edge of the river with a perfect view of herds of wildebeest and zebra crossing through, as well as being a local watering spot for other animals so you are sure to see some activity here. The Bonangi green camp also boasts luxury sleeping arrangements in the form of glamping. Each tent is 4 metres wide and is kitted out with double beds, 100% linen bedding, chairs, luggage racks and attached a large bathroom with a hot water shower. The camp is even fitted with a kitchen and camp chef who prepares delectable 3 course meals or a buffet for the whole group to enjoy.
Manyara green camp
The Manyara green camp is located on the banks of the Endabash River where you will spot fish eagles, giraffes, elephants and a large concentration of baboons. The camp comprises of 8 en-suite square tents which are all on a risen platform with each tent being equipped with a double, twin or triple bed depending on your preferences. All beds come with fresh crisp linen and all rooms have a relaxing shower.
The Manyara green camp also has a camp kitchen with a camp chef who will prepare tantalizing meals made with fresh ingredients, the perfect way to unwind after a long day. All of the meals are three course and the camp eat as a group but if you would like a private dinner setting then that can be arranged. The Manyara green camp costs between US$400 and US$450 per person per night and includes meals, accommodation, drinks and park fees.
Rivertrees Country Inn:
The Rivertrees Country Inn is one of the best available accommodation options in Arusha and boasts a peaceful swimming pool as well as well as a beautiful restaurant serving up delectable meals. If you bring a group of friends, then you can have a BBQ around the fire and listen to the sounds of the surrounding wilderness. During the day you can embark on activities such as hiking, cycling or walking tours through the wilderness and during the evenings there is a games room, a library, a gym and even a spa and wellness centre.
Your bedroom will be fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom and a luxury bathtub or shower as well as bathrobes and toiletries. Your bed will be covered with a mosquito net to protect you from the African insects. The Rivertrees Country Inn is approximately 18 miles from Arusha Airport, 19 miles from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 43 miles from Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.