The Serengeti is easily Africa’s most famous national park and rightfully so. With an incredible density of predators and prey the Serengeti showcases the beauty and brutality of Africa’s wildlife like few other places. The annual wildebeest migration is among the biggest movements of biomass on earth; more than one million wildebeest are joined by 200 000 zebra and 300 000 Thompson Gazelle. It is also the Great Migration that gave Serengeti National Park World Heritage Site status in 1981. Desperate ungulates crossing croc-infested waters, cheetahs accelerating out of high grass, the thundering roar of a lion and vultures circling above will create memories of a lifetime.
Serengeti National Park is characterized by its vast plains, where the wildebeest breed between December and May. Large crocodiles lurk in the Grumeti River and feast when the Great Migration passes through from May to July. The woodlands of the north are inhabited by large mammals such as elephant and giraffe. The north of the Serengeti eventually meets the Kenyan border and merges with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Seronera is the touristic and administrative hub of the Serengeti and features an airstrip.
The vast plains filled with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, impala, hartebeest and buffalo attract a variety of predators. A successful hunt by a pack of lions is one of the most fascinating sights the natural world has to offer. The Serengeti boasts the full array of Africa’s popular game species including the Big 5. A healthy cheetah population preys on the plains game, while the leopards ambush their prey in the woodlands of the north. The park is also home to some of the world’s largest land mammals including elephant and black rhinoceros, which have both suffered from poaching in the past. The rivers are home to big-jawed crocodiles and the Serengeti offers birders a diversity of about 500 bird species including kori bustard, secretary bird, marabou stork, martial eagle and various species of vultures.
Hot air balloon safaris in the Serengeti National Park are possibly one of the most rewarding safari experiences in Africa. Floating noiselessly in warm winds the bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon allows you to fully appreciate the dimensions of the wildebeest migration. The ungulates form queues of up to 40 km at river crossings and the elevated view of Eastern Africa’s landscapes at sunrise creates unparalleled photographic opportunities. Game drives and walking safaris provide close up game viewing opportunities.
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