Discovery Germany: Serengeti Park Hodenhagen
For my 22nd Birthday, I had the opportunity to experience an African-style holiday right here in Europe. I’m soon turning 25 so time passes way too quickly (sobbing…) but this experience is definitely one worth talking about. To be more specific, in the north part of Germany, close to the city named Hannover, you’ll find the largest safari and leisure park with 1,500 animals including 200 monkeys and a leisure/water world with more than 40 rides. We had such a blast and an exciting, unforgettable day out here in the four fascinating discovery zones at Serengeti Park. If you are planning to discover Serengeti Park on your own, I have some tips I picked up along the way and if this is not in your plans I hope I will convince you to go.
How to get there
The most practical and the quickest way is by plane or train, depending on where you are coming from. The cheapest way to get from Bucharest is to hop on a flight to Hannover. Wizz Air is flying non-stop there, the flight will take about 2,5 hour and will cost around 26-210 euros. From there you can rent a car to get to the Park, or you can walk about 500 meters to Hannover Flughafen railway station and take the train to Hodenhagen. The trip will cost you about 10 euros and it will take 40 minutes to get there.
When to visit
The park is open from the 30th of March to 3rd of November, depending on the weather. The best time to visit is during the dry season from late June to October. During this time the park offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with the wildebeest migration at its absolute highlight. Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers and the vegetation is less thick and it’s mostly sunny with very little rain.
Where to stay
You can enjoy an overnight stay in the park’s lodges where you can spend the night really close to the exotic animals. The adventure safari stays open for overnight guests until dusk and with rowing boats, trampoline islands and a lot of greenery it offers lots of different opportunities for a relaxed end. There are seven types of accommodations available directly in the Serengeti park. We chose to stay at the tent directly at Lake Victoria. We’ve enjoyed a romantic peaceful night and colorful sunset from our tent where we could see lots of monkeys.
We rented a car so we were able to go straight in with it. If you don’t have one you can take the park’s bus but I recommend getting a car so you can watch the animals at your own pace. We were very excited but believe me, when you see a giraffe at a meter distance from your car you will freak! You will experience joy as a child once again when the huge giraffe will pop it’s head into your car thinking you have food. Feeding the animals is prohibited though unless they provide the food.
The animals are lively and it’s possible to see them from a very short distance. If you do choose to rent a car, you are not allowed to step out in certain areas but most animals will come to your window. Tigers and leopards will be further away but later you will get the change to feed goats and elephants so yay for that! There is an amusement park after the animals and the price includes all the rides which are offered for all ages.
In the end, if you don’t want to book a hotel or a lodge you could potentially make it back home if you come early enough, but chances are you won’t want to leave.
The park is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Europe and definitely worth the trip. The animals are treated well and are free to run around in the 200 hectares space, plus is the closest thing to the African experience.
Have I convinced you to go? Check out the article about Plitvice National Park in Croatia and ‘till next time stay brave & confident!