Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park situated approximately 335km from Arusha, bordering Lake Victoria to the west and stretching north to Kenya covering an area of 14,763 sq km is one of the most visited National Parks in Tanzania. Its unique ecosystem has inspired many travelers, writers, photographers and scientists who visit the park.
The strikingly beautiful park has been featured in many documentaries and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers first class game viewing throughout the year.
The migration is the most popular activity in Serengeti National park where millions of wildebeest and about 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 200,000 zebras, join the wildebeest’s each motivated by the same old rhythm, fulfilling its natural role in the inescapable cycle of life move from south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November seeking for the greener pastures, as they migrate west and north after the long rains which fall between April, May and June looking for greener pastures every year. On the way they are faced by many challenges that range from predators to rivers invested by crocodiles.
The park also offers one of the most spectacular game-viewing in Africa. The park has all the major mammals. You will spot most of the predators and the big five except the rhino which is rarely seen. You will spot other animals such as buffaloes, giraffes, lesser kudu, African jackal, elephant, hartebeest, roan antelope, topi, steenbock, Kirk’s dikdik, spotted hyena, oryx, antelopes, eland, impala, kongoni reedbuck, waterbuck and Grant’s gazelle.
The Serengeti’s scenery is magnificent with its grassland plains and dotted trees in the southeast. Hilly and rocky on the north, and the western side of the park is made of forests, rivers as well as valleys.
Apart from the Mammals, Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes can be spotted on the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. More than five hundred species of birds have been recorded here as well as 100 varieties of dung beetle which have been recorded. There are birds like the marabou stork, ostrich, African fish eagle, lesser flamingo, lesser falcon, tawny eagle, helmeted guineafowl, secretary bird, kori bustard, crowned crane, black winged plover, Caspian plover, black winged pratincole, white winged black tern, purpuratus, Fischer’s lovebird, southern ground hornbill, redthroated tit, grey crested helmet shrike, and several other birds.
How get to the Park
Serengeti National Park can be accessed by road and air. There are scheduled flights from Mwanza, Lake Manyara and Arusha. One can also drive from Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater or Arusha.
Best time to Visit the Park
If you are looking for a spectacle of the wildebeest migration and follow them, the best time to visit is between December and July. And if you are interested in predators, the best time is between June to October.
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What to do
There are many activities that can be done within the park, such as:-
- Walking safaris
- Hot air balloon safaris
- Game drives
- Bush lunch or Bush dinner
- Visit to the nearby Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.
Where to Stay
There are lodges, luxury tented camps and campsites that are scattered throughout the park to cater for all type of visitors to the park. There are other lodges and tented camps that are situated outside the park.
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