Serengeti National Park

 

Serengeti migration - wildebeest

Serengeti, Tanzania's first National Park, is known for its vastness and one of the world most unique display of predator verses pray, the theme which dominates the annual wildebeest migration. A Serengeti safari is an unforgettable experience.

In Maasai language Serengeti means 'endless plain'. The plains were formed millions of years ago from volcanic ash exploding out of the Ngorongoro highlands, which served to establish the rich soil of the southern grass plains. The arriving colonists in the early part of the 19th century found a virtually untouched land which they exploited for it's huge hunting potential.

The Serengeti itself covers an area of 14,763 square kilometers. It is also central to the more expansive Serengeti ecosystem, a buffer zone which serves to protect the annual wildebeest migration. This liberating sense of space holds upwards of 3 million large animals. 

For three to four weeks in February to March, 90% of the female wildebeest 'flood' the plains with thousands of new born calves. The largest animal migration on earth starts here in the Serengeti (May to June) when herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra instinctively move en-masse to the Maasai Mara (in Kenya) in search of water and fresh grazing, followed closely by hungry predators. The Serengeti migration has been voted as one of the 'seven wonders of Africa'.

The unchanging Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. Within the Serengeti region two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established. The unique ecosystem has inspired writers, filmmakers and numerous photographers and scientists.

Highlights: 

Serengeti is home to the 'big five' and is a wildlife watchers paradise where action unfolds among the vastly diverse habitats of the western corridor, northern woodland, southern grass plains and the Seronera valley. Serious game viewing takes patience, so plan to safari in Serengeti for as long as you can. Africa's largest crocodiles are found in the rivers of the western corridor and the northern Mara region.

The landscape is dotted with unique rocky outcrops called kopjes.

Take a balloon flight over the Serengeti, a uniquely exciting way to really discover the landscape and abundant wildlife. Pre-booking is essential.

The Travel FAQs page has more information on the Serengeti migration.

 

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