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5-Day Serengeti Safari Tours

Serengeti National Park is a first-rate safari destination and is perfectly suited to a 5-day safari. With 5 days you could get to know a couple of areas in the park, or stay in one area and devote 3 full days to exploring your favorite spots. On a 5-day safari tour, the first day will include your transfer to the Serengeti, and the last day is when you’ll depart. It’s an opportunity to see the Serengeti’s incredible wildlife (of which the Big Five or big cats might be highlights) against a backdrop of iconic savannah landscapes. Nowhere else in Africa are there quite so many opportunities to see a lion on the hunt with a flat-topped acacia tree in the background as grasslands sweep to a far horizon.

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5 Questions About 5-Day Serengeti Safaris


5 Questions About 5-Day Serengeti Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Can I see the migration on a 5-day Serengeti safari?

“Seeing the migration of nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is certainly possible on a 5-day Serengeti safari. If you manage to see it, the migration is an astonishing spectacle. But to do so you’ll need to plan carefully. There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to when and where to see the migration. Each year is different, although there are some general guidelines that apply to most years. Wildebeests in particular give birth en masse in the southern Serengeti in January and into February, and this is usually the best time to be in the south of the park. The migrating herds then travel north through the park, and they’re often present around the Grumeti Game Reserve and the Western Corridor around June or July. By August, the animals are very often in (or heading towards) the northern Serengeti, and they often cross the Mara River into Kenya and the Masai Mara in September.”


Is there a self-drive option for a 5-day Serengeti trip?

“Self-drive safaris are less common than private or group safaris in Serengeti National Park, but they’re certainly possible. There are a growing number of operators offering self-drive safaris across northern Tanzania’s safari circuit. Most of these begin and end in Arusha, which works best if your time is limited. If you’re on a self-drive safari, 2 of your 5 days are likely to be spent driving to and from the Serengeti. Depending on where you’re starting from, this could take an entire day (from Arusha, for example). If that’s your situation, you’ll end up having only 3 full days to dedicate to the Serengeti. At the same time, self-drive safaris are an excellent way to travel: you will see so much along the way, and you have the freedom to decide when to stop and when to move on.”


How do I get to the Serengeti?

“There are two ways to get to the Serengeti: flying or driving. If you want to spend the maximum time possible in the Serengeti (as opposed to traveling to and from the park), flying is undoubtedly the best option. The downside is that flying is more expensive than traveling by road. On the plus side, however, you’ll have incredible views all the way into the park, and you should end up having so much more time to dedicate to your search for animals. Most people fly into one of the Serengeti’s airstrips from Arusha, or from one of the airstrips in another park or reserve in northern Tanzania or southern Kenya. The other, cheaper option is driving. How long the drive takes will depend on where you’re starting your journey. The most common starting point is Arusha, which is a full day’s drive to the Serengeti. You’ll see a lot along the way, and have the chance to experience Tanzania in a way that you just can’t when flying, although you’ll have less time in the actual Serengeti.”


How much does a 5-day Serengeti safari cost?

“Costs vary considerably for a 5-day Serengeti safari. As a general guide, expect to pay US$150 to US$200 per person per day at the cheaper end of the market, and US$500 or even more per day for a luxury fly-in safari. A fly-in-fly-out safari could add US$300 to the overall price of your safari tour. And always ask your safari operator whether the Serengeti’s park fees (US$60/30 per adult/child per day) are included in your quote price. Either way, you’ll have to factor in these fees to your overall cost. There are a number of issues that will determine how much you pay. One of these is the accommodation. You’ll obviously spend less if you’re camping on a safari where you’re expected to help out with camp chores than you will for a luxury high-end safari in which your every need is catered for. Most safaris fall somewhere in between. The season in which you travel (high season, with high-season prices, runs from July to March) also impacts the cost. And the type of safari is key: a private safari (where the guide and vehicles are for you alone) will cost more than self-drive or group safaris.”


What is the best time of the year for a Serengeti trip?

“The months from June to February are best for a 5-day safari tour through the Serengeti. The Dry season runs from June until October, and this is when you can expect clear skies, mild temperatures (except for some cold nights), and good track conditions. Animals are particularly easy to spot later in the Dry season (September and October) when water sources are few and the herds tend to congregate nearby. Rains are possible in November and into December, although these ‘short rains’ are rarely more than an afternoon thunderstorm. The longer rains are more disruptive and run from March to May in most years. For birders, November (when birds migrate into the Serengeti in great numbers) to April (when they leave) are the best months. The months of the migration vary each year, but it usually passes through the southern Serengeti in January and February, the Western Corridor and Grumeti in June and July, and the park’s north in August and September.”


Serengeti Reviews

4.9/5 465 Reviews
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

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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Stuart Butler  –  
United Kingdom UK

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

Classic Africa

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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Jeannette  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Apr 14, 2024

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

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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Barbara Barbosa  –  
Brazil BR
Reviewed: Apr 2, 2024

Serengeti is amazing. Its a beautiful park, amazing landscape, animals are respected and wildlife is there, in your face. I stayed in a camp inside the park and it was the best decision i could have made.

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Matthias  –  
Austria AT
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2024

It didn't have that wow factor you'd expect from reading about it or watching TV documentaries. Wildlife depends a lot on where the great migration is at the moment. You will still see animals (leopards, gepards, hyena, elefants, giraffe,...

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