Serengeti - Best Tours & Trips 2019
Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Top Serengeti Experiences
- Observing a hundred sparring hippos stirring the muddy waters of the Retima Hippo Pool.
- Glimpsing tiny, speedy dik-diks—with their Bambi eyes—speeding away into the bush.
- Watching lions lie in regal repose atop the simba kopje (lion rocks) or out on the limbs of trees.
- Drinking tall, cold bottles of Stoney Tangawizi, East Africa’s answer to ginger ale.
- Listening to the lodge kitchen staff expertly serenade guests with local songs.
- Witnessing a lion kill, as a pride of hungry lionesses capture a young warthog.
- Stopping to view a spotted hyena family, with the mother nursing her pups.
- Gazing at the dark Masai giraffes as they graze and “neck.”
- Catching sight of a black rhino charging through the tall grass.
- Taking off from a dirt runway in a 12-passenger Cessna airplane.
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Serengeti Attractions & Landmarks Guide
At the heart of the Serengeti is Serengeti National Park, about 5,700 square miles of pristine wilderness in Tanzania. The park is surrounded by game reserves and conservation areas, including Ngorongoro to the east and Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the north.
Taken as a whole, the Serengeti is a vast ecosystem with a variety of terrain, from the short grass plains of the south to the moist woodlands of the north. Its western corridor comprises a savannah that stretches nearly to Lake Victoria. At the center of Serengeti National Park itself is the Seronera River Valley, superb for game-viewing all year and hence very popular with travelers.
Once a Hunting Ground
Before Serengeti National Park was established in 1951, it was a hunting ground for noted adventurers of the day, including Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway, among many. Lions were a favorite target. As late as the 1980s, poachers were decimating the elephant populations of the Serengeti.
As Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, and also a World Heritage Site, the Serengeti today has become a much safer and secure Eden for wildlife, although potential threats loom on the horizon. A proposal for a major highway across the northern portion of the park has raised a cry from international conservation groups. At the moment these plans are on hold, but there’s also talk of building an international airport just to the west of the park boundary.
The Great Migration
What makes the Serengeti so important -- the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s national park system -- is the Great Migration, the annual movement of ungulates and the animals that prey on them. This whirl of activity, based on an ancient calendar of sex, birth, life and death, takes in much of the Serengeti, with over a million wildebeest and some 200,000 zebras making their annual clockwise rotation through the region, their hooves thundering on the plains, raising storms of red dust. Nothing can stop them, not the hungry hyenas and big cats lying in wait, nor the crocodile-infested waters of rivers positioned to block their paths. Nature calls, and the animals answer, often much to their peril.
It is the migration and the ensuing spectacle of predator versus prey that have made the Serengeti famous for mobile tented camps that can move with these herds. Ranging from no frills to absolutely luxurious, these camps offer the best chance to see the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti and Mara Rivers, but permanent tented camps, exclusive lodges and larger, comfortable hotels are also in the offing for safari-goers. All offer commodious accommodations (usually with en suite bathrooms), appetizing cuisine and spectacular game drives at dawn and dusk.
With so many diverse lodges and terrains, and so many jaw-dropping animal encounters, you’ll wish you had more time in the Serengeti -- however many days you allow for your safari. Stride makes it easy to select the Serengeti adventure with the degree of expertise, comfort and daring you want, as you explore the most famous wildlife setting in Africa.
Once you’re on your way
- Take a camera, of course, but also pack good binoculars for rewarding views of the wildlife.
- Don’t forget your feathered friends. There are over 500 species of birds in the Serengeti, from the ostrich, secretary bird and marabou stork to the martial eagle and crowned crane.
- For an overview of Serengeti wildlife and a close-up look at the little hyrax, don’t miss the Serengeti Visitors Center. Student guides are there to help explain what you see.
- Be prepared to see and hear the King of Beasts. Recent estimates place the Serengeti, including the Masai Mara to the north, among the largest and last of the great lion strongholds, with some 3,700 lions in residence.
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