How to get to serengeti national park
In the northern region of Tanzania there lies Serengeti National Park -in the northern tourism route, this park is a UNESCO world heritage site seated on an area of 14,750 km 2 containing 4 sectors –North sector, south sector, western sector and seronera sector of Serengeti area. This park (Serengeti National park) is highly recognized as a famous and standard tourist terminus with a remarkable setting and lovely wildlife combined with the popular captivating migration/transfer of wildlife. One can access this park via 4 prime entry and exit points when on a safari in this same place.
For the western corridor of Serengeti National park this acts as the prime gate and does function right from 6:00-16:00, can still be accessed from Mwanza (the transfer takes 1.5 hrs) & from seronera is approximately 145 km.
Naabi Hill gate
This is the principal gate to Serengeti National Park that has gotten this profoundly traffic of which once you are transferring from Arusha town to this gate it takes about 4-5 hrs covering a distance of 254.6 km, whereas transferring from seronera sector to the gate it covers a distance of 45 km and this gate functions from 6:00-18 hrs every day.
This gate is positioned in the far east section of Serengeti National park on a twist tour joining Serengeti, Ngorongoro & lake Natron. You can take a duration of about 2-3 hrs to the park and it functions from 6:00-16:00 hrs every day. There is also another gate one can use known as Bologonya gate while on en-route to and from Kenya.
Accessing Serengeti National Park
Travellers embarking on a tour/safari to Serengeti National Park can access it by either using Air transport or Road transport as shown below: –
Accessing Serengeti National Park by using Air transport
Having a flight to this park is actually the simplest and easiest way of entry to it (Serengeti National Park) for a tour that is International Air travel, Regional Air travel and Private tours.
International Air Travel
In this case the most used entry point to the park is using the Kilimanjaro international airport, which is positioned 200 miles away from Serengeti National Park which lies between Moshi & Arusha. These International flights to Kilimanjaro international airport are provided by flight operators like KLM & Ethiopia Airlines, Turkish airlines. But still then there is linking flights from Dar-es –Salaam(DAR) which are provided by British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, etc.
Regional Air Travel
Regional flights are gotten from Kilimanjaro international Airport/Arusha Airport. Regional flights hint to airstrips in Serengeti National Park seronera airstrip, Serengeti Kusini airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Fort Ikoma airstrip, Kirawira airstrip plus Kogatende airstrip. Now Regional flights to Serengeti National Park are functioned by Tanzania’s local airlines that is Air Excel, Coastal Aviation & Regional Air.
It is also still fine to book a flight from Kenya while using Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi & Wilson Airport to any of the Airstrips on Serengeti National park, if you are flying from places around Mwanza (Lake Victoria) then the best airport option to use is Mwanza Airport.
Accessing Serengeti National park by use of Road transport.
Transferring to Serengeti is quiet an incredible activity as you venture and observe some of the most picturesque spots along the way, transfers begin from Arusha town- starting place from tours in this park (Serengeti National Park). Transferring from Arusha to Serengeti national Park by road does take 8 hrs.Remember when transferring /driving to Serengeti National Park you are advised to drive a 4*4-wheel car since it is considered strong enough to transverse via the circuits heading to the park.
What must I know on my safari to Serengeti National Park.
- Park entry fees & other fees in the park are for single entry valid for only 24 hrs
- Entry fees for a tour in /to Serengeti National Park is only paid using the master card, Visa/through Tanapa (Tanzania National Parks Association) smart cards. So cash and any other form of payment is not allowed.
- You require to have valid identification for both East African Community travelers and foreign tourists.
- Fees once paid in Serengeti National Park are not refundable upon cancellation.
- Non- East African community travelers are required to carry with them a valid passport at the entry gate.
- East African community citizens are residents from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda & South Sudan, and when touring Serengeti National. Park, a valid National identification card is just enough.
- Resident permits class A, B & C.
- Exemption certificate.
- Temporary pass attached with government receipt and acknowledgement letter.
- Diplomatic passport /identification attached with government receipt and acknowledgement letter.
- Expatriates or residents in Tanzania together with their dependents must have the following documents to access Serengeti National Park for a tour.