Days 5 and 6: Northern Serengeti

Ok, after my posts about Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara and Lake Natron (1, 2, 3), i’m going to continue with my Tanzanian journey and switch now to the Serengeti national park. This park is one of the most famous national parks in the world. It’s famous for its huge diversity and for the wildebeest migration together with other herds of cloven-hoofed animals like zebras, gazelles and impalas. It’s really an amazing and spectacular sight, but i was not lucky enough to watch it. The problem is that the animals migrate in the very northern part of the park which is quite far away from the northern entrance. So if you visit the Northern Serengeti, give yourself at least one full day and two nights to surely visit the migration at the river spot. The best time to see it in the Northern part is September.

We arrived there from the lake Natron, the road was astoundingly beautiful, but extremely bumpy. A good idea was to bring some radio or iPod dock station so you can entertain yourself a little bit. I also had a gauze bandage, since it’s really dusty! In total, it took us about 8 hours to get there and we saw a few jeeps got stuck on the way, basically in the middle of nowhere. So be sure that your driver is experienced enough and be prepared for some “unexpected” adventures 🙂

So, on our day 5 very late afternoon we arrived at the Northern Serengeti and on the way did some safari in the park till we got to the overnight stay spot. The spot is really amazing. Since not so many people visit this northern area, it’s quite empty, just a few tents. And the most exiting thing is that animals can visit you along the night. Well, i mean here buffalos, leopards, lions can walk around the tents during the night time. It was really a good idea to bring a disposable urine pack, so we could use right in the tent 🙂

Then in the early morning we continued with safari in the northern part of the park till lunch time. And afterwards we proceeded to the Central Serengeti. It takes about 2-3 hours to get there, but since it’s inside the park you still can see lots of animals on the way, so it may take a bit longer.

1. An Agama lizard right at the entrance.
agama lizard northern serengeti

2. Baby Coke’s hartebeest was just lying at the road.
baby reedbuck northern serengeti

3. A Black-backed jackal at the dawn.
black-backed jackal northern serengeti

4. Cheetahs are very hard to spot, so it was a great luck to see this baby.
cheetah in the field northern serengeti

5. We managed to see this animal when she was about to hunt, just walking around some gazelles.
walking cheetah northern serengeti

6. If i’m not mistaken, this is a Cokes hartebeest.
cokes hartebeest northern serengeti

7. Brothers or friends 🙂
group of cokes hartebeests northern serengeti

8. A small group of Elands.
eland antelope northern serengeti

9. There are few elephants in this part of park.
elephants northern serengeti

10. Lots of giraffes, but they are very shy and try to run away quite fast.
giraffe northern serengeti

11. I don’t know why, but lots of animals we saw turned their backs and …
giraffe northern serengeti

12. A Kirk’s dik dik antelope. This one is my favorite, so small and cute!
kirk's dik dik northern serengeti

13. A Klipspringer – another small but fast antelope, hard to spot. Usually, she stays at the rocky and hilly sides.
klipspringer northern serengeti

14. Landscape is very beautiful, as everywhere in Serengeti.
landscape northern serengeti

15. This king of animals was spotted during the noon heat lying in the shadow of a tree.
king lion northern serengeti

16. There were a few jeeps in front of him, so he was in a mood of posing for us!
posing lion northern serengeti

slepping lion northern serengeti

18. This old lioness was lying on the rock and having some rest during sunrise.
lioness northern serengeti

19. The night we spent at the Northern Serengeti park was one of the most memorable nights i’ve ever had: slowly rising huge full orange moon, quite strong wind bringing various smells, some sounds from animals, lots of stars above you. You can really feel the power of nature there!
night landscape northern serengeti

20. A teenage lion was spotted at some rocks.
small lion northern serengeti

21. A small rest between breakfast and lunch!
teenage lion northern serengeti

22. A Topi antelope.
topi antelope northern serengeti

23. And finally a very busy warthog running errands!
warthog northern serengeti

Stay tuned!

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