Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National park is African Paradise and one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and the World. Roughly defined by the annual Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti ecosystem is expansive – the area of approximately 25,000 – 30,000 Square Kilometres.
History of Serengeti
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringeti” referring to an “Endless Plain”. As you stand on the Southern grass plains, you experience this vastness, and can witness one of the greatest concentrations of plain animals left on earth. The plains were formed 3-4 Million years ago when ash blown from Volcanic mountains of Ngorongoro highlands. The thick layer of ash preserved traces of early man, and established the rich soil which supports the growth of short grasses in Southern plains. From this early beginning, man and wildlife have shared this magical place. In recognition of the need to preserve this special area, The Central Serengeti was declared a Game Reserve in 1929.
In 1951, the Reserve became Tanganyika’s first National Park, and in those days included the Ngorongoro Crater. Further alteration in 1959 resulted in the Park boundaries you see today. Part of the Serengeti plains and the highlands were designated to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, while extensions to the North and South were included to provide more protection to Migratory animals. Covering approximately 14,763 Square Kilometers, the Park is roughly the size of Northern Ireland or Connecticut, making it Tanzania’s second largest national park.
Attractions in the Serengeti are vast, diverse and spread into several zones/ corridors and habitats. The annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. Originating on Serengeti short grass plains of the south eastern Serengeti, the dwindling of the available grass is the impetus for this primal trek. The horizon fills with more than 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 500,000 Thompson’s gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators.
The Park comprises of various activities that Tourists do during their visit such as Game viewing, walking safaris, Bird watching, Balloon Safaris, Bush Meals, Cultural and historical sites visits as well as Filming and Photographic Safaris.
Game viewing gives wide and superb wildlife viewing opportunity to explore various part of the park, tourist circuits designed to enable you to access the attractions.
Get out of vehicles stretch and walk, test, touch, feel and sense the true nature African paradise Serengeti wilderness. Short and Long walking safaris are designed to suit for all ages groups.
Bird watching in Serengeti is a rewarding as the park being birds paradise has more than 540 birds species, including raptors, water birds, song birds both residents and migrants from Europe, Afro tropic and other regions.
Gets the Birds eye view experience in a Balloon while enjoying the wildlife and the natural environment of the Park.
Bush breakfast, Lunch and Dinner give the true test of wilderness in a unique style.
Filming and Photographic Safaris
Serengeti provides the opportunity for Filming and Photographing of spectacular wildlife in their natural habitat. Take with you memories of the beautiful nature in this side of the World
The park has a number of picnic sites or view points. These are best area designed for taking shorts and stretching after long drives. They are also best points for taking packed meals while on game drives. Some picnic sites found in Serengeti are; MaweMeupe, Retima, Kirawira A, Seronera Visitors’ Centre and all Park entrance points.
Best Time to Visit
The park can be visited throughout the year, however the best season is between Mid-May to Mid-October. The short rains starts from early November to December while long rains starts from January to March allowing the Wildebeest to calve in the Southern short grass plains.
Best time to visit Serengeti National Park
What to do in Serengeti National Park
Wondering what you could do and see in Serengeti National Park? Here are a few itineraries that Original Masai Safari can offer you for your next trip to Northern Tanzania.