serengeti national park tanzania africa

Serengeti National Park

It is the most famous and oldest park in Tanzania.
It is known, above all, for the annual migration of wild animals, when about 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thompson's gazelles migrate through the National Park and go to Kenya in search of water and lush pastures.
The rows of migratory animals can reach the length of 40 km.

Here you can see one of the most interesting phenomena: that of the "migration", in which you can observe the animals that move through the park.
Also you can find large buffalo herds, small groups of elephants and giraffes and thousands of gazelles of various species.

"Predator and prey": you can watch the Serengeti hunting show.
The golden-mane lions hunt gazelles, the other predators that can be observed while they hunt are the leopards, the cheetahs, the three jackal species present in Africa, the hyenas and other smaller predators such as African Leopards (servals).

The feeling that you can live in the Serengeti National Park is the sense of freedom given by the vastness of the plains, which start from the savannah and get lost on the horizon.
After the rainy period, the "golden savannah" is transformed into an endless green turf covered with wild flowers, mixed with wooded hills and rivers on whose shores there are fig and acacia trees.

Peculiarities of Serengeti National Park:

  • its ecosystem has a huge concentration of plant and animal varieties, including more than two million of large mammals;
  • during the mating season about 8,000 calves are born per day;
  • its name derives from the word Maasai "Siringet" which means "endless plain";
  • he was one of the contenders to become one of the seven wonders of the world;
  • in the park you can find the highest concentration of wild animals in Africa, in particular lions and leopards;
  • the Seronera valley is the home of numerous herds of lions;
  • in the plains you can find rock formations that are called Kopjes, in which lions often rest.

What to do

Bird watching, hot air balloon safaris, wildlife safaris, camping, luxury safaris, safari wedding.

Position

This National Park covers an area of 14,763 km², practically the equivalent of the Northern Ireland, and it is 335 km from Arusha.

Getting There

Scheduled flights and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Manza.
By car from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro.

When to Go

During the day the climate can touch temperatures ranging from 35° to 40°C, while at night the temperature drops to 12°C.
At the end of the rainy season (in the period between May and June) migratory animals begin to move to the northwest area of the Serengeti, near the Grumeti river.
To see predators the best period is between July and October.
The season of the births, instead, starts from mid-October to finish towards the end of March.

Where to Stay

There are four hotels and four luxury campsites within the park.
Outside the park you can find: a luxury campsite, a hotel and two campsites.

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