Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Covering 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), Serengeti National Park is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeests and zebras.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established in the Serengeti. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. The Wildebeests travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitats. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive in the Serengeti.
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley) the land of endless plains with its classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor which is marked by the Grumeti River,forests and dense bushes. The north, the least visited part of the Serengeti, includes the Lobo area and the Mara River, which marks the border of the Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.
– 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
– About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.
What to do
- Game Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Balloon Safaris
- Special Rhino Watching in the Serengeti
There’s a wide variety of accommodation available in the Serengeti, from luxury lodges, Luxury Tented Camps, mobile Tented camps and Public Camping Sites.