Serengeti National Park is so far the well-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, with matchless natural beauty and scientific value. Serengeti has the greatest concentration of plains which have earned the name of “endless plains” in Africa. The Serengeti national park is amazingly huge it is approximate 14,000 square kilometers of plains and the grassland savanna.
The Serengeti ecosystem is among the oldest on earth with the unchanging original, vegetation, and fauna in the past million years. Even then early man made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge almost two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, migration, and adaptation are as deep-rooted as the hills themselves.
The park was established in 1952 and it is home to the greatest wildlife show on earth – the great wildebeest migration. The resident populations of cheetah, giraffe, lion, elephants, and birds are also impressive.
Therefore the Serengeti National park can be divided into five distinct areas as explained below:
Around the end of April, May, and June, a huge herd of wildebeests along with partners; zebras, elands, and gazelles around the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, south of the Grumeti River. Haunted behind by lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles, many hundreds perish at the expense of the river crossing while others survive to carry out the cycle.
There is a sizeable resident wildebeest population which does not migrate but remains here year-round. After the periodic Mbalageti River runs dry, the Grumeti River holds the pools which draw thousands of mammals. Buffalo and hippopotamus rarely stray far from water.
Lobo, at the eastern edge of the Serengeti National Park and on a small stretch of the Grumeti River; that offers an excellent year-round game observation, gives unchallenged views of grassland and kopjes. Further southeast, outside the game park border, there is almost a third as large as the Serengeti National Park, Loliondo the private concession and handier; in this side of Serengeti you may walk and drive without restriction; day and night, on-road and off, taking packed meals or dining out in any location you choose; true freedom.
Lose yourself in appreciation of the way of life led by wild creatures. You may pay a visit to the native Maasai community which will enable you to experience and appreciate diversity in ways of life. The cultural and wildlife tour of Eastern Africa will liberate you by the discoveries you make about your identity. Enjoy a Serengeti East Safari during October and November
From December to March, you can follow the wildebeest in south Serengeti, in Ndutu area largely located inside Ngorongoro conservation area Ngorongoro and on the Maswa Game Reserve. It is spotted with kopjes where cheetahs, leopards, and lions prosper. The Serengeti cheetah project is based here too. Nearby alkaline lakes Ndutu and Masek attract colorful flamingos. Acacia woodlands provide homes for hundreds of birds, monkeys, and small mammals. Grassland erupts with wildflowers and fascinating insect life; black rhinoceros live here, protected by the park rangers. Not far away, the Olduvai Gorge hosts the prehistoric man.
From the Lamai Wedge Triangle, at the extreme northern end of the Serengeti National Park, lucky observers can overlook the climax of “The Great Wildebeest Migration” while they relish the newly approved comforts of Tanzania African safari eco-luxury tourism, away from the eager crowds of onlookers scattered on the Masai Mara National Reserve side of Kenyan border.
From July, August to September, the Mara River in northern Serengeti hosts the most dramatic river crossings. Fierce and deep, cliff-sided and rain-swollen, The river takes an enormous toll of the exhausted and terrified wild cattle that rush through its heavy flow, some drowning helplessly, wallowing in narrow gorges, struggling in mud, falling victim to crocodile, astounding, exhausted to dry land and often, in confusion, returning to the same scene of their suffering allowing the cycle to repeat itself.
Various small mammals hide in the riverine woodlands. Climbing hyrax, mongoose, and nocturnal bush babies inhabit the fig trees. Vultures and eagles soar above the cliffs, red-headed weaver birds hang their nests from acacia branches on the veld and Technicolor gems of lovebirds and rollers flash in blinding sunlight between showers.
Central Serengeti’s Seronera Valley is a year-round game-viewing with impressive populations of prey and predators which remain even after the spectacular herd of blue wildebeests and zebras have gone. Volcanic in origin, the terrain has weathered over time to form distinctive areas. The low hill ranges contain black clay pans, which support acacia trees and the giraffe that browse on them. Central grasslands teem with varied herbivores including elands, impalas, buffalos, topis, hippos, and also their predators, hyenas, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other small cats.
Coming from the above description, you might have noted how amazingly huge is the Serengeti National Park. It makes a suitable home to all kinds of wild creatures found in the world. For predators, it has the unending supply of prey the major one being the wildebeests, for herbivores endless savanna grasslands, the same to birds, insects, and trees. Indeed “Serengeti shall never die”
- Tanzania oldest and most popular national park
- World Heritage site and recently proclaimed a World Wide Wonder
- Famous for the annual wildebeest migration
- The Spectacular spectacle of predator versus pray
What to do
- Game drives
- Hot air balloon safaris
- Bird watching
- Walking tours
All year round
“Today the Serengeti National park, the Ngorongoro Conservation and Masai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth and one of the last great migratory systems still intact. The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas, which altogether make up 14%of the country’s land area, a conservation record that few other countries can match” SITE CATALOGUE-2018
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