Entry Fees for Serengeti National Park
Entry Fees for Serengeti National Park are the charges that travelers must pay to access the park premises for different activities of their safari. One of the popular travel destinations you will find in Tanzania is Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary on the African continent and filled with great wildlife and splendid landscape that will give you a natural experience of the African wild.
Serengeti National Park is situated in the northern part of Tanzania which is found on the coast of East Africa. Serengeti National Park covers an area approximately 15,000 square kilometers with three main sections where you will find the plains filled numerous wildlife and the savannah bushes growing on the splendid landscape.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word “siringet” which literally means “the place where the land runs on forever”. In 1913, the first American to enter the Serengeti was Stewart Edward White who recorded his explorations in the northern Serengeti. After 7 years he returned with a companion and camped in the area around Seronera for three months. During his time, he had killed about 50 lions. The lions became scarce and in 1921, the British colonial administration created some part as a game reserve covering about 800 acres and a full one in 1929. This was the genesis of creating the Serengeti National Park which was established in 1951.In 1959; the British evicted the Masaai people from the park and relocated them to the Ngorongoro Conservational Area and this was done to preserve wildlife.
Attractions and wildlife in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is home to the greatest spectacle on earth, the great migration that occurs in the high season of the Serengeti National Park. The great migration is such a magical experience that involves the movement of about 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes that run through the park to the neighboring reserve that is Masai Mara National Reserve. Masai Mara National Reserve is adjacent to Serengeti National Park making it possible for the animals to move freely from one park to another throughout the year. Inside of Serengeti National Park, you will find wildlife such as the lions, cheetahs, leopards, different species of birds, baboons and the great number of wildebeest that keep wandering around the park. These animals can be spotted during night drives and day-game drives throughout the Serengeti National Park.
Additionally, Serengeti National Park is divided into three sections the Seronera Valley is what the Maasai called the “serengit” and located in the central/southern. It consists of the savannah, dotted with acacia woodlands and filled with wildlife making it the most visited area of Serengeti National Park. The western section is covered by more forests and dense bush while the Lobo area in the north is the least visited area of Serengeti National Park and it meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.
Serengeti National Park entrance Fees
Serengeti National Park entrance fees are managed by Tanzania National Park Authority where the wildlife reserves are managed by the wildlife division of ministry of natural resources and tourism. While at the entrance of Serengeti National Park, you can pay at the gate of your entry point and also a smart card system has been introduced where you prepay the money and it is put on a card which you present at the gate of the park.
Most importantly Serengeti National Park fees are subject to change without notice and all entrance permits are valid for 24 hours plus you need proof of your identity is required at the gate as per now the following is a list of prices as stated in their categories;
Entry Fees for Serengeti National Park charged per person per day
- Non-East Africa Adults- 60 USD and non-East African children(aged between 5 and 15)- 30 USD
- Non-East African Children (aged below 5 years) Free
- East African Adults – 30 USD
- East African children(aged between 5 and 15)- 10 USD
- East African Children (aged below 5 years) Free
Serengeti National Park Vehicle Permit Fees as charged per Vehicle per day
- Tare weight maximum of 2000 kg- 40 USD
- Tare weight maximum 2001-3000kg- 150 USD
Camp Entry Fees for Serengeti National Park as charged per person per night
- Adults (16 years and older)- 30 USD
- Children (5 to 15years of age)- 5 USD
- Children below 5 years of age free
Walking Safaris charged per person
- Shorter walks of up to 4 hours- adults- 20 USD
- Shorter walks of up to 4 hours- children(between 12- 15 years)- 10 USD
- Longer walks of over 4 hours- adults- 25 USD
- Longer walks of over 4 hours- Children(between 12- 15 years)- 15 USD
Traveling to Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania and this magnificent place is a center of attraction and the most famously visited national park in Tanzania. Reaching Serengeti National Park can be by land or air transport. The most convenient way to reach the park is by using air transport by flying from Arusha to one of Serengeti’s seven airstrips. By using the road, you need to book an overland vehicle that will transport you from Arusha to Serengeti National Park and along the way you get to view different landscapes and spot other wildlife in other parks.
Best time to visit Serengeti National Park
The largest concentration of wildlife in the world can be witnessed in Serengeti National Park because, during the months of June to July, the grassland loses its green lush enforcing to the great migration ever witnessed in Africa. About 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson gazelle begin to move. This is the best time of the year for visitors because they get to view these animals move to the neighboring park in Kenya, an experience that no one should miss to encounter on their Tanzania safari.
Accommodation facilities next to Serengeti National Park are quite many and visitors have the opportunity to choose what they prefer most. Many of these range from Upmarket, midrange and budget or basic facilities.
Kati Kati Camp: This mobile camp is situated in one of the best game viewing spots on the plains of the central Serengeti. It is fully equipped and features en-suite tents; you will experience a more refined version of camping in Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge: For the best fascinating views of the plains in Serengeti National Park, Serengeti Sopa Lodge is the favorite place for you as a visitor to the park. This relatively large place provides wonderful services and you can spot the migration right from the lodge.
Serengeti Migration Camp: Situated near the Grumeti River in the northern Serengeti, this tented camp provides some of the best luxurious camping experiences of a lifetime. If you time it right you can get to spot the great migration of a lifetime in Serengeti National Park.
Other lodges and camps you can find in Serengeti National Park include; Melia Serengeti Lodge, Kirawira Serena Camp, Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Ikoma tented Camp, Mawe Luxury Tented Camp, and Embalakai Authentic Camp.
In conclusion, Serengeti National Park can be visited at any time of the year and the fees are pretty affordable to enable everyone to get an adventurous safari in Tanzania. The fees that you pay are used in conservation projects of Serengeti National Park and the communities around.