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How to get to Serengeti

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“There’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done.” When musicians Elton John and Tim Rice wrote the opening tune to Disney’s “The Lion King,” they were describing the “Circle of Life.” But this lyric serves as a fitting description for world-renowned Serengeti National Park. This magnificent game park sprawls across 5,700 square miles of northern Tanzania in East Africa. When American hunter-turned-conservationist Stewart Edward White first set foot in the Serengeti in 1913, he described the journey: “We walked for miles over burnt out country. … Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise.”

Within the boundaries of the Serengeti, you’ll hear thousands of animals: Hyenas cackle as elephants trample well-worn safari roads and hippos splash in watering holes. And at any given time, more than 2,000 lions are poised to pounce on unsuspecting prey, preparing to chase their unlucky target through the seemingly endless waves of golden grass. The scenery rustles with the swift steps of loping giraffes, and tree branches shake with every monkey’s movement. But the most magical site you’ll behold is The Great Migration, during which White’s paradise is drowned by a sea of animals as more than one million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles traverse the Serengeti in search of greener pastures.

How to Get to Serengeti?

Distance from Serengeti to Arusha:

You leave Arusha, TZ and reach Serengeti, TZ.

Trip Arusha » Serengeti
Distance: 347.9 kilometers

There are two ways to get to the Serengeti National Park. This can either be by road or by flight. Whichever method you want to use will be determined by your comfort.

1. By car from Arusha

Suitable for explorers

The drive to Serengeti National Park from Arusha Airport will take roughly eight hours, but you’ll enjoy some incredible scenery along the way! When visiting Serengeti we highly recommend exploring the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a protected area suitable for wild animal spotting and home to a vast volcanic crater.

2. By plane from Arusha

Suitable for travellers with a tight schedule

The fastest way to get to Serengeti is by taking a small plane from a regional airport such as Arusha Airport to one of the several small airstrips located directly inside the park. To best way to get to Arusha Airport is by taking a domestic flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

4 days year round wildebeest migration

3. By plane from Dar es Salaam

Suitable for travellers with a tight schedule

Alternatively, to a domestic flight from Arusha it is possible to take a domestic flight from Dar es Salaam to Serengeti. More than eight flights per day depart to Serengeti National Park with a flight duration of about two hours. Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania’s largest and busiest airport, is located 12 km from Dar es Salaam. International airlines such as Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines operate at this airport. 


4. By bus from Nairobi

For budget travellers

Another option is to fly into Nairobi in Kenya and take a shuttle bus to the park. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi has scheduled flights from over 50 countries and serves as the major transportation hub in Eastern Africa. The driving distance between Nairobi and Serengeti is about 360 km and takes about eight hours from A to B. After having arrived in Nairobi take a local shuttle bus to Arusha (about five hours drive). Be sure to check in advance if you will require a visa for passing through the Kenya/Tanzania border.