The Serengeti National Park is a protected area and is located in northern Tanzania. The nature reserve is between Lake Victoria and the Kenyan border. As there are no fences in the border area with Kenya, the animals can move freely and move from the Serengeti National Park to the Masai Mara National Reserve or vice versa.
The Serengeti National Park covers an area of almost 15 thousand square kilometres and is famous for its amazing wildlife and it is called “big five”, because here are the five most dangerous animals in Africa that are the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino (black,) and buffalo. Serengeti National Park is home to the world’s last remaining migration of large mammals. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai (ethnic tribe) word “Siringet”, which means endless plains. In this park, you can see the migration of more than a million wildebeests through its plains in forests and unique landscapes with other spectacular fauna.
Serengeti National Park is home to the world’s largest population of Wildebeest, Zebra, Cape Eland, Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, and Gazelles with the scenic beauty of the sky with cool nights and warm days. It was awarded as the most visited national park in Africa two years in a row in 2019 and 2020. Serengeti, with its subtropical climate, can be accessed throughout the year. Surely, the best time to visit is from May to October, when it is the dry season. This time is when the animals are looking for food and water to drink. The rainy season is from November to April. From July to September, you will observe and enjoy the migration of wildebeests crossing the Mara River.
Attractions found in Serenegeti
The park is known worldwide as a World Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. The Serengeti Nature Reserve has many attractions and is a park with more tourist attractions than any other national park in Africa. While in Serengeti, you will see the Great Migration of over a million wildebeests accompanied by large numbers of zebras, Grant and Thompson gazelles, Eland and Impala moving throughout the year in search of fresh grass and water. The largest concentration of carnivores, including African big cats such as the lion, cheetah, leopard, andspotted hyena, enjoy their hunt as the migration moves across the Mara River into Kenya, where they sometimes fight for their territories.
Serengeti is the sanctuary for endangered species. Here you can find endangered species such as the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli) and the African hunting dog. Herbivores, including wildebeest, buffalo, impala, zebra, and Eland, are seen colouring the Serengeti’s verdant land and scenic landscape. In Serengeti, there are over 350 registered bird species. A quarter of them are migratory birds that come from other parts of the world. Some common species are European and Abdim’s storks, rollers, barn swallows, osprey, and martial eagles. Serengeti is surrounded by different tribes that have different interesting cultures and traditions. You can enjoy seeing and learning about these different cultures. The famous tribes that you can find here are the Maasai, Sukuma, and Kuria tribes.
Serengeti, UNESCO World Heritage Site
The beautiful scenic landscape declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 with vast plains, rolling hills and “Kopjes” (in the Maasai language means little head) is one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Tanzania. Kopjes are mounds of ancient granite boulders that poke through the younger soils and surface rocks. During the rainy season, the park is covered in beautiful wildflowers and butterflies.
Serengeti has many activities so that the travellers do not tire of staying in the park even for more than a week. These activities include safaris, filming and photographic safaris to witness the worldwide migration of the Mara River wildebeest along with other carnivorous animals such as zebra and impala, hunting predators such as lions and leopards, cheetahs, and crocodiles. There is also a hot-air balloon driven inside the park, which provides an unforgettable experience to see the spectacular view of the park and the wildebeest migration from the sky.
Another way to explore the safari is on foot with an armed, guided ranger. This experience will allow the traveller to get closer to the environment where they will be allowed to get out of the vehicle and stretch their feet and experience nature on foot. The Bush Dinner at the Bush Camps is not an experience to be missed once you are in the Serengeti National Park, where the meal is served in the middle of the jungle by a highly skilled chef.
Within the park, there are different accommodations from luxurious tented camps to camping sites where travellers will choose based on their interest and budget, and high services are provided. For all this, a visit to the Serengeti National Park will not leave you indifferent and will allow you to discover its nature and wildlife.