Serengeti National park in Tanzania hosts the largest number of wildlife ever sighted in a single park. The Serengeti is home to millions of thousands of wildebeest, impalas, zebras, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, elands, Kongoni, cheetah’s and spotted hyena. The park is home to the Big Five wild animals which are lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants, these are each Tanzania wildlife safari tourists dream encounter. Serengeti national park hosts the densest lion population in Africa with about some 3,000 lions seen almost in each side of the park. This is the best Tanzania safari park to witness the stunning annual great wildebeest migration. There’s a chance of seeing more than 100 wildlife species on a 1-day Serengeti safari.

Over 500 bird species fly within the beautiful blue skies of the Serengeti plains including the Black Headed Heron, Darnauds Barbet, Grey Headed Sparrow, Purple Grenadier, Red Backed Scrub Robin and many more. With a lot of diversity, the park is so vast for a 1-day Serengeti safari however, you can’t miss out, here are things to see and do in just one day.

Overview of the 1-day Serengeti safari

The 1-day Serengeti safari trip starts early morning at around 5:00 am from Mwanza or any other neighboring town. The drive from Mwanza to Ndabaka entry gate in Serengeti lasts 2h 33min via Sirari-Mbeya road. Your professional driver guide will pick you up from your place of residence and drive to the park.

Upon arrival at the park with clearance of the park entrance fees, you will embark on a full day game drive in Serengeti. A game drive is the best way of closely viewing wildlife within the park and the most possible sightings include the Impala, Zebras, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, elands, Kongoni and spotted hyena. The game drive gives you a full day experience of the wildlife behavior as the prey tries to hide from the predators.

The 1-day Serengeti safari comes to an end in the evening at about 6:00pm with a drive back to your place of residence.

1 day Serengeti safari

Wildlife in Serengeti national park

Best spots for your game drive on 1-day Serengeti safari

The western corridor is one of the best places for resident masses of wildlife like the wildebeest.

The Grumeti River and Retima hippo pool is the best place to see hippos and giant Nile crocodiles in abundance.

The Seronera area has numerous animals including the leopards, hartebeest, topi, buffaloes, hyenas and prides of lion.

What to carry for your 1-day Serengeti safari

  • Packed lunch
  • A sweater for the morning drive
  • A hat
  • Light shoes
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bottled water

Tanzania safari tour companies can help you plan your 1-day Serengeti safari and the tour package is inclusive of;

  • All park entry fees
  • Pickup and drop off from your place of residence
  • Safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking driver guide
  • All meals and bottled water during the safari

The tour package is not inclusive of all personal purchases, tips and flight fares.

Other activities that can be done in Serengeti national park

Olduvai gorge visit

Seeing Kopjes

Bird watching

Cultural encounter with the Masai Mara

There’s no need to worry on how to plan on seeing numerous wildlife in Serengeti just plan a 1-day Serengeti safari and have the experience.