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Serengeti National Park

 
 

While human intervention to wildlife is restricted to a great extent, Serengeti National Park still allows tourists to visit and enjoy their times witnessing how the animal kingdom works and interacts with the environment. By making Serengeti National Park your next tourism destination, not only you support the long on-going conservation effort but also see how so many majestic animals can live their lives naturally in undisturbed spaces of their own. Vast plain of Serengeti National Park stretches to about 1.5 million hectares area of savannah, located in the northwestern Tanzania.

The borders, all of which comprising the larger Serengeti ecosystem, are as follows:

  • To the north by Kenyan border (continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve)
  • To the southeast by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • To the southwest by the Maswa Game Reserve
  • To the west by the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserve
  • To the east and northeast by the Loliondo Game Control Area

Serengeti National Park is home to the highest concentration of large mammals in the world including but not limited to elephants, hippos, giraffes, and lions. It also has more than 500 species of birds including flamingos and ostriches. Of course, wildlife is the main attraction of Serengeti National Park, but because the environment is all natural, it delivers one-of-a-kind encounter like you have never experienced before.

There are only very few places on Earth where everything remains what it was thousands of years ago. With nearly zero human population, hence intervention, natural wonders thrive in its entirety as displayed on daily basis by the Serengeti National Park. It has been a while since the national park is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites; persistent restrictions towards development and human interactions over the years have successfully kept the park in pristine condition. There are potential threats in some places every now and then, yet collaboration by both national and international conservation organizations relentlessly show effective means to protect the ecosystem and ecological processes in the park as a whole.

The Great Migration

A major part of the unique experience in Serengeti National Park is to witness the Great Migration. In fact, this is the primary reason that everyone should visit the park at least once in life. Often regarded as one of the largest animal migrations throughout the planet, the Great Migration involves no less than one million animals including zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and wide variety of others searching for foods, water, and breeding grounds. While this migration does not happen all the time, it is easily predictable because the migration depends on season.

During Serengeti’s wet season (from December to June), migration moves to Naabi Hill and Southern Serengeti. As the wet season continues to dry out, packs after packs of animal also carry on their journey to Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs; along their way, they will come across Serenora River, Western Corridor, and the Grumeti River. After about several months of grazing the greener areas, the flock will fall back to where they started; it happens like clockwork.

It will all be easy if you can manage to arrive at Serengeti in December when migration starts. However, regardless of the month of visit, safari operators can make the proper arrangements so you are not left-out for the moments. Tracking the Great Migration is not particularly rocket science, and experienced operators at least understand rough estimations of where the animals are, when they are going, and which areas they should travel through. As long as you have knowledgeable operators with you, chances are you won’t be left behind in the migration. It is also possible to drive a vehicle through the park; make sure you have learned enough about this natural phenomenon and rent the right vehicle from reputable safari / tour operators.

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

When the word safari comes to mind, one of the first things you think about is driving through the wild and encountering animals on your way. Not every safari requires land vehicle, especially in Serengeti. As a matter of fact, Serengeti Balloon Safaris are more popular than the conventional way. Instead of driving on vast savannah, you have the chance to witness the Great Migration from air with the help of hot air balloon. There are multiple passenger capacity options from eight, 12, and 16. These balloons typically travel across Central Serengeti, and seasonally through Southern Serengeti as well as Western Corridor. You may not get a close-up look at the animals, but bird-eye perspective of the park is not to be missed either.


Grumeti River

Located in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, Grumeti River is a like a stage of wildlife performance in the journey of survival. Probably the most often captured wildlife activity of them all, Grumeti River is the place where migrating herds have to travel across the river and face the danger of crocodiles lurking in the water. Zebras and wildebeest need to cross the river for their survival, while hungry predators must prey on them for the same purpose. Many of the migrating herds will fall, but the vast majority will survive and reproduce.


Seronera River Valley

In the Central Serengeti where vegetation is plentiful and herbivores thrive, the Seronera River Valley is home to large number of predators including cheetahs, hyenas, and of course lions. Zebras, gazelles, wildebeest, giraffes, and elephants are roaming the area as well.

Apart from the aforementioned attractions, Serengeti National Park offers much more to bring the sense of natural world to your soul. It is beautiful, challenging, welcoming, happy, and sometimes also cruel enough to make you look away. All are parts of the natural ecosystem, and it is best left undisturbed for good. The national park has its challenges from illegal hunting, wildfires, lack of monitoring, and even tourism pressure. On the other hand, currently it has considerable human and financial resource to keep everything intact for the foreseeable future. Visit Serengeti National Park, and take part in the effort to keep this World Heritage Site untouched by ruthless modernization for the sake of future generations.

 
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