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3-Day Serengeti Safari Tours

The Serengeti National Park is one of those special safari destinations in Africa where the reality exceeds the hype, and it’s the perfect destination for a 3-day safari. This vast park is best known for the annual migration of around 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that make their way through the park. But this is a remarkable park at any time. The wildlife is as extraordinary as the landscapes that include seemingly endless savannah grasslands, bouldered kopjes (rock formations) rising from the plains, and so many perfectly formed acacia trees of the kind synonymous with an East African safari. But it’s the wildlife that most people come to see on their 3-day safari, and the Serengeti never disappoints.

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6 Questions About 3-Day Serengeti Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 3-Day Serengeti Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is 3 days enough time for a trip in Serengeti National Park?

“The simple answer is that 3 days is a minimum for exploring the Serengeti. But plan to stay longer if you can. You won’t be able to see all of the Serengeti in 3 days. But if you concentrate on one area, you’ll see enough to understand why this is the favorite safari park in Africa for so many people. Which area you choose may depend on the time of year you visit. If you’re here during the migration, your focus is likely to be on the area where the animals are during those months. If you happen to be where the migration is, then 3 days is all you’ll need to catch a glimpse of one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. If not, you’ll be surprised at how much of the Serengeti you can see in a relatively short space of time. After all, the Serengeti is one place where one thrilling sighting or wildlife encounter is all it takes to have a safari experience that makes the whole trip worthwhile.”

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What are the accommodation options?

“The Serengeti has an exceptional array of accommodation choices, but the mainstays are lodges and tented camps. Lodges are usually four-walled structures with rooms, often decked out in safari colors. The lodges offer accommodation that usually combines an excellent location (you often find them deep in the Serengeti’s best wildlife areas) with all-round luxury and good service. Tented camps consist of large canvas safari tents, where you can lie awake at night and listen for lions. These tents range from simple to downright luxurious. Some of these tented camps are mobile camps. That means that they follow the migration’s usual route through the park, staying until the animals have left the area. Then they’re dismantled and moved to where the animals are headed. These mobile camps are necessarily less luxurious but many are still extremely comfortable. These mobile camps move between two, or sometimes even three, Serengeti locations. There is also a handful of camping options, but only in the central Seronera area.”

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Which animals am I likely to see on a 3-day Serengeti safari?

“Where you are in the Serengeti will, to some extent, determine what you see. If you’re following the migration, you’ll see more zebra and wildebeest than you ever imagined possible. The noise of the passing migration is constant and, when seen from afar, the animals look like a moving river. Where there is this much prey, the predators are surely never far away, especially lions, leopards, cheetahs and spotted hyenas. You don’t have to be tracking with the migration to see most of these species. My most rewarding big-cat encounters have taken place far from the migration. The Serengeti has an endless array of antelope species. Also commonly seen are elephants, giraffes, black-backed jackals and buffalo, as well as an impressive portfolio of birds. Black rhinos also lurk in the Serengeti shadows, although it’s really hitting the jackpot if you see one.”

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How much will this safari cost?

“How much you pay for a 3-day Serengeti safari depends on a number of factors. At the top of this list is the level of luxury you’re looking for. If you plan on staying in high-end tented camps or lodges, you can expect to pay more than US$2,000 per person, more if you include local flights to, from or within the Serengeti. If on a budget and/or a camping safari, the costs will be considerably lower, starting at around US$850 per person and rising to around US$1,250. There are, of course, a number of other variables. These include which season you plan on traveling in, whether you’re staying for 2 or 3 nights, and transport options such as flights and the number of people per vehicle. At the lower end of the price range, if you’re on a camping safari, you may be expected to participate in setting up camp, cooking and other responsibilities while out on safari.”

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What can I expect from a 3-day Serengeti safari?

“You can expect to see lots of animals. In many ways, this is a classic East African safari experience with lots of animals to see against a backdrop of vast savannah grasslands stretching to a very far horizon. Expect to be out early as the activities of night predators spill over into the early daylight hours, and again in the hours before sunset as they get ready for the night ahead. Game drives usually last for anywhere between two to four or even five hours. In the hot hours in the middle of the day, you’ll often be back at camp or at your lodge for lunch and relaxation time, before heading out again in the mid- to late afternoon. A particular highlight of the late-afternoon drive is the sundowner, a most agreeable safari tradition whereby you’ll stop for drinks at a scenic spot close to sunset. A hot-air balloon safari is an incredible experience, but it’s usually an add-on to a standard 3-day safari.”

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What kind of vehicle can I expect?

“You will almost certainly be traveling in a 4WD vehicle while you’re in the Serengeti. Although you’re not allowed to stray from established trails while you’re in the park, many of these can be bumpy and often muddy, depending on the time of year, hence the need for a high-clearance 4WD. There are no paved roads within the park. Most often, your transport will be an open-sided vehicle with a canopy roof covering and tiered seating in anywhere between three and five rows. It’s a wonderful way to explore the wilds of the Serengeti. With no walls to separate you from what you’ll be seeing, you’ll catch a breeze, and you’ll feel really close to the animals, so close that you’ll feel like you can almost reach out and touch that lion as it passes (don’t!). There are other 4WDs that are enclosed, and these are used more often for smaller groups.”

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Serengeti Reviews

4.9/5 471 Reviews
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Stuart Butler  –  
United Kingdom UK

Stuart is a travel writer and author of numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks, including 'Kenya', 'Rwanda' and 'Tanzania'.

Classic Africa
5/5

What can be said about the Serengeti that hasn’t already been said? This is simply Africa as you always imagined it. Endless rolling bleached grasslands with scattered flat-topped acacia trees and animals everywhere. This is the...

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Mary Fitzpatrick  –  
United States US

Mary is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including South Africa, Tanzania, East Africa and Africa.

One of Africa's Greatest Parks & the Annual Wildebeest Migration
5/5

Serengeti is Tanzania's most visited park, and with good reason. Almost from the moment you enter the gates, wildlife surrounds you in astounding numbers and variety, together with an incomparable sense of space. The headline event is the...

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Mario  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jun 21, 2024
5/5

I'm not capable of putting into words how amazing the Serengeti was. Camping under the stars (even for me, who never slept in a tent in his life - it was amazing) combined with being a visitor to nature's home and observing the animals -...

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Noor  –  
Netherlands NL
Reviewed: May 27, 2024
5/5

Very special how much space there is! I really felt like entering the animal kingdom. landscape can be a bit boring, but you can look very far. Amazing to see the big groups of zebra's and wildebeasts.

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Jeannette  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Apr 14, 2024
5/5

Simply the best. We saw so many lions within 2-4 meters of our vehicle as well as elephants , but the lions were the most awesome. Unlike other visitors, we unfortunately did not see any lions chasing prey. The number of herds of gnu and...

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David L  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 9, 2024
5/5

This is a wonderful park. Lots of roads the carve up the landscape but give animals room to breathe. We saw everything, except rhinos. We came during the offseason and saw plenty of animals and few other tourists. When stopped to see...

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