Airstrips in Serengeti National Park
Airstrips in Serengeti National Park are commonly used nowadays in by travellers visiting Serengeti National Park and would not do with having road drives to the park. Serengeti National Park is one of the most visited Tanzania national parks, for the park inhabits a diversity of wildlife species and has amazing landscapes. Serengeti National Park is famous to the world for the annual wildebeest migration, a natural spectacle that has millions of wildlife crossing the Mara River to the Masai Mara National Game Reserve.
Serengeti National Park is about 235.5 kilometres from Arusha town, taking about 5 hours of road drive. Given that Serengeti National Park can be accessed by both road and air, some tourists do resort to use airspace to get to Serengeti National Park for a number of reasons say they have little time for a wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park specifically. There are a number of airstrips in Serengeti National Park which facilitate domestic flights, which usually start from Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. The following are the airstrips in Serengeti National Park that travellers can use;
Seronera airstrip is one of the largest and most commonly used airstrips in Serengeti National Park. Seronera airstrip is located in the heart of Serengeti National Park, in Seronera town and only 2 hours’ drive from Naabi hill gate and Ndabaka gate. Seronera airstrip has an airport building that works as a lobby and hosts administrative offices of Seronera airstrip.
Seronera town, where Seronera airstrip is found has special and public campsites, a tourist information centre, 2 fuel stations, shops, a dispensary and bars that tourists may find useful. Seronera airstrip is 5km from the Seronera visitor information centre.
Serengeti Kusini airstrip
Serengeti Kusini airstrip is another of the most commonly used airstrips in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti Kusini airstrip is found just near the Kusini Kopjes, south of the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti Kusini airstrip is strategically located that tourists on lucky days of transit can spot the great migration take place. The airstrip is also near Lake Ndutu, Lake Elemti, Lake El Dabsh and Lake Masek which are a great calving area for wildebeests and zebras during the great wildebeest migration. Serengeti Kusini airstrip is about 9kms from the Maswa Game Reserve.
Fort Ikoma airstrip
Fort Ikoma airstrip is a small airstrip located North West of Serengeti National Park, and is near the Seronera airstrip. The Fort Ikoma airstrip is not commonly used, given its nearness to the Seronera airstrip. Fort Ikoma airstrip is about 3kms from Retima Hippo pool, 1km from the Nyabogati hippo pool, and 1km from Fort Ikoma gate.
Kogatende airstrip is found at the southern banks of the Mara River, in the northern part of Serengeti National Park. Kogatende airstrip is conveniently located and best suited for travellers intending to access the remote area of Serengeti National Park, and also offers travellers with amazing aerial views of the landscape in the park. Given its nearness to the Mara Rover, it is a great airstrip to use for an opportunity to enjoy the amazing great wildebeest migration. Kogatende airstrip is 1km from both Klein’s and Bologonja gates of Serengeti National Park.
Kirawira B airstrip
Kirawira B airstrip is a small airstrip found in the western part of Serengeti National Park, and is a short distance north of Grumenti River. Kirawira B airstrip is only 3 hours from Mwanza town, and only 1 hour drive to Ndabaka gate, 4km from the Kirawira migration cross point 1, 8km from Grumenti Game Reserve and Handajeba gate, as well as 7km from Bali view point.
Lobo airstrip serves domestic flights for travellers visiting Serengeti National Park and neighbouring tourist destinations. Lobo airstrip is found in the north eastern part of Serengeti National Park, in Lobo area; am remote part of Serengeti National Park. Lobo airstrip is 6km from Klein’s gate, and 7km from Bologonja springs and 8kms from Ngare Naironya springs.
Serengeti National Park is an amazing Tanzania national park located in the northern Tanzania safari circuit, most sought after by most travellers visiting Tanzania on Tanzania wildlife safaris given the park has thrilling wildlife species and birds which roam the park. The great wildebeest migration, as well as the African big five like buffaloes, lions, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife in Serengeti National Park like gazelles, zebras, and wildebeests, among so many others shall welcome you to the wildlife capital of the world. With activities in Serengeti National Park like watching the wildebeest migration, game drives, birding safaris and so much more, travellers shall enjoy their time while in the park.
If not after a safari drive to Serengeti National Park, a flying safari can be put together for you, given the availability and well developed aviation industry in Tanzania. The airstrips in Serengeti National Park shall cater for your fly in safaris, anytime. Be sure to get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you put together an amazing flying Tanzania wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park.