The Serengeti: A Wildlife Marvel
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is home to the awe-inspiring annual wildebeest migration. This natural phenomenon sees a million wildebeest embarking on a journey of territorial conquests, mating, and a population explosion.The migration spans 1,000 kilometers and is a testament to nature’s ancient rhythm.Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
Biodiversity and Predatory Power
Beyond the migration, the Serengeti boasts incredible biodiversity. The Park is teeming with iconic African wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo herds, elephants, giraffes, and a variety of gazelles.The predator-prey dynamics dominate, showcasing nature’s delicate balance and captivating visitors with the spectacle of the hunt.
Diverse Ecosystems and Scenic Beauty
The Serengeti offers more than just wildlife. Its landscapes range from vast plains and sunburnt savannahs to wooded hills, towering termite mounds, and picturesque rivers lined with fig trees.The park’s diverse ecosystems provide habitats for reptiles, birds, and other small predators, adding to its ecological richness.
Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza.
Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.
What to do
Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators. Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.
Visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.
When to go
To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.