Serengeti

THE ESSENCE OF AFRICA

The Serengenti National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and of Tanzania. The origin of its name comes from the word “Siringet” in Maasai language which means “never ending plain”.

Serengeti is located in the highlands which extend from the east to the west of the high plains of Ngorongoro to Lake Victoria and continue to the north with the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The most impressive attraction of this gigantic ecosystem is the enormous concentration of herbivore: wildebeest, zebras, antelope, etc., on the plains and their annual migration. The wildebeest dominate in Serengeti and their herds are made up of hundreds and thousands of them.

The access to Serengeti from Ngorongoro passes through a vast succession of plains in the Seronera valley. Situated in the centre of the park, the savannah is dotted with acacias and with permanent sources of water. It is the ideal habitat for lions and leopards and it is relatively easy to sight cheetah in the area, where there is a large amount of prey such as gazelles which feed on the plains.

ico-animals THE WEATHER IN TANZANIA

Average Temperaturel: 20º
Temperatures range: 30º / 10º
Dry Season: From June to October
Wet Season: From November to May

ico-animals TANZANIAN WILDLIFE

  • Antelopes
  • Ostriches
  • Baboons
  • Buffaloes
  • Zebras
  • Jackals
  • Chimpanzees
  • Crocodiles
  • Elephants
  • Flamingos
  • Gazelles
  • Herons
  • Cheetahs
  • Hyenas
  • Hippos
  • Ibis
  • Impalas
  • Boars
  • Giraffes
  • Lizards
  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Mongooses
  • Wildebeest
  • Rhinos

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Serengeti & Surroundings

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Another of the originalities of Serengeti are the “Kopjes”. Islands of eroded granite rock located in a sea of grasses. They have their own ecosystem of vegetation and fauna where one can see lizards, mongoose, dik-dik antelope and where it is possible to sight the Verreaux eagle and leopards.

This area is dominated by the vast plains of low grass between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The highlands in the south, the Maswa forests in the southeast and the dramatic Gol mountains with the open plains of Loliondo to the southeast.

In the middle of this space, the area of Ndutu with its two shallow alkaline lakes contrasts as the forest disperses through the plains without trees, where the furrows made by the Olduvai Gorge have eroded the hard volcanic earth.

The lakes are always breath-taking and in complete contrast with other areas of Serengeti. On occasions there are large colonies of flamingos on their shores. There are always ample opportunities to see birds around the lakes and in the forests.

South Serengeti is especially important during the months of December to March a moment marked by the Great Migration. During this period large herds of wildebeest and zebras descend south to the fertile grasslands to give birth to the next generation of wildebeest and zebras followed closely by the predators. When the migration continues attention moves to the Seronera valley, well known for the large number of resident animals and the enormous opportunities to observe the wildlife.

Towards the north, the landscape is more undulated and the plains are substituted by open forests. It is the paradise of giraffe, impalas and elephants. To the west towards the region of Lake Victoria the “black cotton” plains extend making it difficult to access during the rainy season. Musabi, Ndabaka and Handjega and the river Grumeti with its well know and giant crocodiles and its forests are the habitat of lesser known species such as the black and white Colobo as well as a multitude of birds.

SAFARIS IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DRINKS AT SUNSET (SUNDOWNERS)

A HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI