A day in Central Serengeti National Park

by Sandy Salle on December 5, 2017

Serengeti National Park is Africa’s most famous area for an African Safari vacation.  It is renowned for its large concentrations of big cats/predators – lion, leopard and cheetah and also the laughing hyena.  It’s also on the Great Migration route, which does a circle through Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania‘s Serengeti National Park.  The great Migration is where you get to experience two million wildebeest, and considered one of the greatest miracles on earth.

When you’re on safari in the Central Serengeti, you’ll be taking game drives to find the animals.

Here’s a “Day in the life of being on safari” in Central Serengeti.

After arriving at Seronera Airstrip, we met our guides Mohamed (Mo) and Solomon (Solo).  We were in for a surprise straight away.  Driving down the road we saw a hyena running after a baby gazelle, going round and round.  It seemed like a long time, in all honesty it was probably about 10 minutes.  As each step got slower for both the hyena and gazelle, it amazed us to see another hyena coming running in to steal his friend’s prize the gazelle.

From there on the sightings got better and better.

And the views amazing – Central Serengeti is where you get that Out of Africa feeling, endless plains and the occasional acacia tree.

We saw lots of beautiful elephants escaping the heat under acacia trees.

We spent some time enjoying watching a Serval cat trying to catch his food, jumping around and keeping us highly entertained.

The lions were right next to our camp, Lemala Ewanjan.  In fact, when we arrived I asked our guide to give me the layout of camp and where our guests would be staying.  One of our guests, Bianca, was a little nervous being on safari and this was our first stop.  Our guide had given the furthest tent to Bianca and I was in the closest tent to the main area.  I decided that we should switch.  In hindsight, this was not such a great idea – the lions loved the water dripping from the tap outside her tent, and would hang out there at night.  We spent a lot of time enjoying the lions around camp.

Central Serengeti can get busy with a lot of vehicles lining up to see the big cats, so it’s important to be clear to your guide how you want to safari.  I was clear that we did not want to be feeling like we were in a zoo.  So we took long game drives to far away places – this is where you get to see unusual sightings.  We were so fortunate to come across ostrich, and mating ostrich at that.

Do you know which is the male ostrich?  The male is the black ostrich, and when he’s ready to mate his neck turns a bright pink/red color.

We were so lucky to come across quite a few leopards whilst on safari in Central Serengeti.  Mostly they were up trees or coming down trees, but oh so lucky.  You are not allowed to drive off road in the Serengeti, so the leopards were quite a distance, but close enough for us to really enjoy them.

Of course, cheetahs are just some of my favorites.  Here are the cheetah boys.  We got up very early one morning and were on the road by 6am, only to come across these boys.  What a special experience – my advice to you, get up early, go on every game drive and soak up Africa.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a celebration of your day and to be grateful for everything you’ve seen and witnessed.  Central Serengeti does not disappoint – there is so much game, you get to see giraffe, elephant, the cats, zebra, if you’re lucky rhino.  You get to experience the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

So here’s to your next adventure – go on an African safari vacation.

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