Serengeti National Park

Location

Northern Tanzania-West of Arusha town

7 hours outside Arusha, 2.5 hours from the Ngorongoro Crater

Animals:

Virtually all safari animals.

Activities:

Game Drives, Hot Air Balloon.

The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian  National Park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu  regions It is is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) Wildebeest hooves pound its endless plain and  250,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing and renowned for its wealth of leopard , lions, African wild cats and for its numerous  Nile crocodile. Not only is it Tanzania’s oldest and popular national park but the mighty Serengeti is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. This park has been declared a World Heritage Site.

The vast reaches of the park are a hiding place for the endangered black rhino and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah, alongside the Serengeti’s thousands of other diverse species, from the 500 varieties of bird to 100 different types of dung beetle. Serengeti offers sensational game viewing in Africa with great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of African elephant and giraffe, and thousands and thousands of eland, topi, kongoni,impala, and Grant’s gazelle. Overall Serengeti has about 35 species of plains animal including big five and has 500-plus bird species ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo hills.

After the rains, the Serengeti’s magical golden horizon is transformed into an endless green carpet, flecked with wildflowers. The famous plains are interspersed with wooded hills, towering termite mounds, monumental rocky kopjes and rivers with elegant acacia trees.

SERENGETI WILDBEEST MIGRATION

Amazing Wildebeest Migration :Witness the amazing wildebeest migration which is one of the most amazing wildlife events. The wildebeest migration is a circular journey which happens through the whole year. Prepare yourself for majestic Serengeti Wildebeest Migration.

The Climate change sometimes affects the Wildebeest Migration pattern, travellers need to contact Restoration  Safaris so that we can plan the safari itinerary which would be good for the Great Wildebeest Migration Safari.

Visit Southern Serengeti -Ndutu in late November, December to March.  The  short grass plains here are rich in nutrition  which provides the herds with the best conditions to raise  their newborn. During calving season in February approximately 550,000 Wildebeest are born.  The concentrated herds attract around the good numbers of predators. It is a great time for photography.

Around June the wildebeest migration is in Western corridor  - Grumeti River,   often building up to a high density before crossing the river.

In July and August the wildebeest migration moves northwards, often spreading out across a broad front, some heading through the heart of the Serengeti National park.

In September , October the wildebeest migration spread out across northern Serengeti, where Mara River. It is common to see the herds cross the Mara River on one day, and then back south a few days later.

BIRD WATCHING

Serengeti National Park and especially Lake Ndutu is a paradise for both birds and bird-watchers. The national park is inhabited by over 500 bird species such as Ostriches, Secretary birds on the grasslands, the Black Eagles above the Lobo hills, larks, Kori bustard, fiches, raptor and African harrier hawk.The park is also the homeland of the amazing Lilac-breasted roller and the 3 endangered Tanzanian species: Grey-rumped spur fowl, Fischer's lovebird and the babbler-like Rufous-tailed weaver.

The Serengeti is also inhabited by a very special bird worth looking for the honey guide also known as the indicator bird.The Greater honey guide know sites of many bee hives in their territory, with symbiotic relationship with Honey badger, as the honey guide deliberately leads the honey badger immune to bee stings directly to bee hives. Honey badger  pull down the bee hives and open them to eat the honey,so that the honey guide can feast on the grubs and beeswax that are left behind.

 

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