Are you wondering how to get to the Serengeti? If so, you are in the right place. This post is about how to get to the Serengeti National Park from several Tanzanian/East African cities.
Dar es salaam to Serengeti National Park
The easiest way to get to the Serengeti from Dar es Salaam is to fly there.
Coastal Aviation, a local Tanzanian airline, flies daily from Dar es Salaam to several places in the Serengeti.
Alternatively, you can travel from Dar es Salaam to the Serengeti by road (this is a long journey!) The journey takes about 17 hours.
Another alternative is to travel part of the way by air, to either Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport, or Mwanza International Airport, and then drive the rest of the way from those airports. This reduces the tavel time from Dar es Salaam to the Serengeti significantly, if you choose not to fly there directly!
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Mwanza to Serengeti National Park Arusha Tanzania
There are several ways to get to the Serengeti National Park from Mwanza. You can either fly there or get there by road.
Mwanza is only 2 hours away from the Ndabaka Gate of the Serengeti National Park. The road between these two places is good and makes for an easy drive.
Entering the Serengeti at its Ndabaka Gate takes you to what is known as the Serengeti’s Western Corridor.
The Western Corridor of the Serengeti is quite different in nature from Seronera, and the central plains of the Serengeti, but still makes for interesting animal sightings as well as interesting vegetation.
You can find some pictures I took in this part of the Serengeti here.
To enter the Serengeti at its Ikoma Gate, coming from Mwanza, takes quite a bit longer than driving to the Ndabaka Gate.
The drive from Mwanza to the Ikoma Gate is about four and a half hours long.
This is where you want to enter the Serengeti, though, if your plan is to get to Seronera or, more generally, to the central plains of the Serengeti.
Mwanza to Serengeti National Park by Air
The Serengeti National Park has seven airstrips so it is easy to fly between Mwanza and the Serengeti.
Coastal Aviation and Auric Air operate flights between Mwanza and the Serengeti.
These flights are not regularly scheduled, though, and are dependent on demand. Contact these airlines for more information.
This would take much longer but could be cheaper than flying between these two cities.
How to Reach Serengeti by Road from Arusha
So how about getting from Arusha to the Serengeti by road?
Serengeti Self-Drive Safaris
Although not recommended, especially for those visiting the Serengeti for the first time, the Serengeti National Park is accessible when travelling by rental or personal vehicle.
Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving by yourself through the Serengeti National Park.
A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year.
Petrol is sold at Seronera in the Southern Serengeti.
I have participated in two self-drive safaris through the Serengeti, myself–I am Tanzanian–and I found it both easy enough and quite enjoyable.
Mombasa to Serengeti
There are several ways to get from Mombasa to the Serengeti but none that are particularly easy or straightforward.
To drive between these two locations takes at least 12 hours of drive time including a crossing of an international border.
There are no direct flights between Mombasa and the Serengeti, so to fly between these two locations, you would first have to fly to either Nairobi or Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Tanzania, from which you can then catch a connecting flight to the Serengeti.
Coastal Aviation flies directly from Nairobi to the Serengeti, as for flights from KIA to the Serengeti, you can find out more about those here.
Photo Credits: Garnet Tours Tanzania (LTD)