The exquisite savannah land which makes up the Serengeti has become globally recognised as one of the world’s most breathtaking regions in which to view game. It is a nature lover’s paradise as it hosts over one million wildebeest, 200 000 zebras, as well as other species, including four globally threatened or endangered species, the black rhinoceros, elephant, wild dog and cheetah.
Following short rains in November, herds of wildebeest and other species move from Kenya into the Serengeti and cover the central and eastern region in December, moving further south in January. Calving season takes place in February and by March, the herds move on from the southern plains, making their way up to the Grumeti River by June. This river must be crossed, and in July, they are faced with the challenge of crossing yet another river, the Mara River, from Tanzania into Kenya, where they graze in the Masai Mara from August until the next migration. Abundant opportunities for guests to experience Africa in its purest form thus await in the Serengeti. The awe-inspiring sight of these animals moving through the region in pursuit of waters and green shoots can be experienced in open-sided game drive vehicles or, from a different perspective, via hot air balloon.
The skies are a majestic sight in and of themselves, providing guests with an open blue canvas, sometimes scattered with clouds, during the day, wondrous displays of oranges and reds during sunset and star-drenched backgrounds at night. Unsurprisingly, the Serengeti National Park, which forms the heart of the Serengeti, is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, indicating just how spectacular this region is.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Hot air balloon safaris are offered at Serengeti Explorer Camp, providing guests with the chance to see this majestic region from a different perspective.
The camp can be booked on drive-in basis where travellers arrive and depart with their safari vehicle; pre booked with their Safari Operator or on a game package where shared transfers and game drives are provided by the camp’s 4×4 safari vehicles. For an additional cost, the camp’s vehicles can be arranged on a private basis.
Dedicated vehicles are available for travellers wishing to fly into the nearest airstrip for their stay at the camp; this is included in your game package directly with the lodge.
These custom-built vehicles have open sides and a pop-up roof. They are driven by highly experienced English speaking guides who are familiar with Serengeti National Park, the migration and the other wildlife found near the camp.
Rafiki Explorer Club
An exciting adventure for youngsters.