The Serengeti is one of the most magnificent natural areas on the planet. The vast grasslands of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lions. There are also zebras and rhinos there. The migrations of antelopes, gazelles, wildebeests, elephants, zebras, and other animals are fascinating. Greg Adventures provides all of the Serengeti information and guidance you’ll need to plan your safari there.
It took a long time to secure the 30,000 square kilometers of threatened steppe. When big game hunters killed some Serengeti animals, many people became concerned about the animals’ safety. The Serengeti has been a national park since 1951. Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael received an Academy Award for their film “Serengeti Must Not Die.”
The Serengeti’s survival depended heavily on the Grzimeks. As a result, they were able to figure out that the intended boundaries of the park would deter animals from moving.
Park and Unesco World Heritage Site
The Serengeti, a 14,800-square-mile national park, is nearby. Since 1981, when it was officially named, this park has been a Unesco World Natural Heritage site. The Serengeti also includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Massai Mara. The Serengeti is a vast expanse of flat, grassy plains known as “Siringitu.” This term translates as “endless plain.” There is, however, some woodland and steep mountains, the largest of which is 1850 meters high, so there are some sights to behold. Finally, the Ngorongoro crater is a volcano crater that is quite large.
Animal migrations caused by climate change
The climate in the area is extremely chilly. It doesn’t rain for months at a time throughout the summer. It rains much more during the wet season, turning the desert into a sea of flowers. During inclement weather, animals must travel large distances, always between water supplies and grasslands. In May and June, as well as July and November, there are a lot of people migrating.
More than 3 million animals reside in the world’s most wildlife-rich national park, nearly twice as many as in Grzimek’s time. Buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, and the uncommon African wild dog are all found here.
The Seronera Valley is the most regularly visited area of the Serengeti and has the greatest number of lodging. In high season, you won’t feel lonely here, although predators are a real possibility.
Here, the scenery is more diversified and attractive. The smooth granite kopjes emerge from the flat steppe, overgrown stone islets where lions like to sleep. There are fig and ebony-tree-forested slopes, as well as numerous little streams with pools lined with magnificent umbrella acacia trees. The yellow bark acacia was once known as the yellow fever tree by early settlers. They were thought to be the source of malaria, which spread wherever the tree was discovered—near stagnant bodies of water where the insects responsible were still unidentified, waiting for their victims.
The Serengeti wildebeest is a large mammal in Africa.
Safaris and wildlife viewing in the Serengeti are two activities available in the Serengeti.
The herds then migrate large distances, accompanied by predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Those who had the opportunity to see the show are unlikely to forget it. The area is also home to a variety of birds, including the marabou, lesser flamingo, South African crested crane… They can also be found near the national park’s watering holes.
Seeing a fight for survival from the perspective of a human is an incredible sight. Many of them go over 1000 kilometers, constantly on the lookout for predators and in search of water. Finally, there isn’t much time for them to give birth and raise their babies before they must embark on the lengthy voyage again.
The migration is as follows: there are one million wildebeest and two hundred thousand Thomson’s gazelle. The migration is also followed by elephants, buffalo, and antelope.
Animals in the Serengeti move a lot.
During a safari across the Serengeti, you can watch a wildlife migration.
The most stunning safari destinations.
Every year before Corona, a large number of visitors visited the Serengeti. Safaris, which mean “journey” in Swahili, are particularly popular since they transport you to the most essential tourist destinations. Sheep and cattle, for example, graze in the southern section of the country from December to May. Leopards and cheetahs can be seen at the Moru Kopjes and Seronera in the centre of the Serengeti, for example. Lobo, in the northern Serengeti, has always had water, so herds congregate there during the dry season. This is the place to go if you want to see elephants.
Western Serengeti insider tip
Because the roads are in terrible condition, there are few safaris in the western Serengeti, but you can view herds of wildebeest and zebra all year, as well as giraffes, buffalo, and hyenas. The Grumeti River, which does not dry out, is an important location. The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest crater, is very magnificent – a visit to this landscape is always recommended.
Ngorongoro Crater with Elephants.
Getting there: There are flights from Arusha (which also serves as a departure point for treks to Kilimanjaro) to landing spots in the Serengeti’s north and west. Alternatively, you can drive from Arusha (to Ngorongoro it is about 130 kilometers, to Serengeti 335 kilometers). The road from Arusha to the Serengeti travels past Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater to Naabi Hill Gate.
Best time to visit: December to July for wildebeest sighting; June to October for predator viewing.
The National Park has two entrances: Naabi Hill Gate (50 kilometers southeast of Seronera) and Ndabaka Gate (140 kilometers northeast of Mwanza)
Admission is $60 for guests 16 and older, $20 for minors 16 and younger and students, and free for children under 5. Prices are for a single day and a single person.
Safaris come in a variety of forms, ranging from camping safaris to comfort and luxury safaris. It is possible to book through Greg Adventures’s website. Get in touch with us!