A Beginner’s Serengeti Self-Drive Safari Guide (Updated 2024)

A beginners guide to planning Serengeti self-drive safari. Our guided self drive Serengeti safari tours will take you to the largest conservation area of open grassland and savannah in the world. The yearly wildebeest migration draws a lot of attention to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Elephants, giraffes, and lion prides can all be seen roaming the Serengeti’s green plains, which are dotted with watering holes.

You will have an abundance of wildlife to photograph on your Serengeti Safari Tour. Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Game Reserves. Get a taste for a self drive Serengeti Safari:

Self-Drive Safari in Serengeti, Tanzania

Guided Self Drive Serengeti Safaris

Relax as the wildebeest herds pass you by and let the world engulf you. While on an African self drive safari, you may feel like you’ve been transported into a cliched postcard.

The name Serengeti means “where the land extends forever.” Every year, after the rains in the Masai Mara, over 250,000 zebras make the long journey south. Surprisingly, they are unstoppable. Not even the government’s barbed wire fence, built in the 1960s to prevent animals from entering Ngorongoro, could keep them out. Migratory patterns in these species go back thousands of years.

Over 500 kinds of birds can be found in the Serengeti. On your game drive, you might also come across hyena, hartebeest, and buffalo.

Day and night wildlife drives are available on self drive Serengeti safaris. The abundance of species you can see in this stunning setting will astound you. Hold your breath as you watch the kill unfold as night comes and the predators come out to prey.

Why we recommend you consider a self drive in the Serengeti

How to travel to the Serengeti on a budget

Park fees in the Serengeti are $50 per person, per day, making it a quite pricey safari location. There will be an extra charge of $30 for each car and $30 for each tent. There are not as many places to stay in the Serengeti as there are in other African parks like Kruger National Park or the Masai Mara. Some of the reserve’s lodges charge upwards of $3,000 per night.

Best time to go to the Serengeti?

The greatest time to visit the Serengeti is between October and July, when the annual wildebeest migration takes place. Short rains are possible in October and November, then again in March and April, but otherwise the Serengeti has a pleasant climate year-round.