Serengeti National Park – Tanzania
This Park is one of the main highlights for most of the Safaris to Tanzania. It receives plenty of travelers from different parts of the World per year.
It covers a total area of 14763 square kilometers, its lush habitats provide a home to over three millions of mammals. Of the three million mammals, two million migrate annually in large herds north to cross the Mara River.
Serengeti National Park’s rich biodiversity consists of 0.3 m Thompson’s gazelle, 1.3 m wildebeest, and 0.2 Zebras in addition to other Wildlife species including the African Big fives.
Like Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park is renowned for the great Wildebeest migration which begins in June to October or November per year.
The Park’s area is engulfed by acacia savannah, with dry grasslands in its southern part, a western corridor of wooded highland, and the wooded grasslands along the Grumeti and Mara Rivers.
With this nature of the habitat, it is not hard to understand why around 3,000 Lions and 500 Cheetah inhabit this enormous locale.
The 14,763 square km of endless rolling plains reach up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria.
The park is concentrated with stunning wildlife, it is estimated that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains.
Just in May or early June, you can’t stop admiring sweeping views of the annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest as they stroll in search of water and forage.
For any Wildlife Safari to East Africa, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania can’t miss; this park is really endowed with plenty of species you can sight while on a game drive. Some of these common animals are listed below;
Antelopes like Patterson’s eland, Klipspringer, Dik-dik, impala, Zebra, gazelles, water, bush and reedbuck, topi, kongoni, cotton’s oribi, grey bush duiker, roan antelope buffalo, and wildebeest.
Plus: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat-eared fox, hunting dog, and jackal. Smaller mammals include spring hare, porcupine, warthog, hyraxes, baboon, vervet monkey, colobus monkey, Patas monkey, and mongooses.
Larger mammals include giraffe, rhino, elephant, and hippopotamus. Over 500 species of birds are recorded, including martial, fish eagles, ostrich, vultures, storks, flamingoes. Reptiles: crocodiles, a number of snakes and lizard species.
Wildlife in Serengeti can be viewed all year round concentrated along the Serengeti Plains. Though there are some specific periods with better wildlife viewing.
June to October (dry season) is the best game viewing time to relish the rich Wildlife in this Park.
Great Migration where wildebeests together with Thomson’s gazelles and zebras migrate from the Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai-Mara is the main highlight for a trip to Serengeti.
What’s more, large herds of buffaloes, elephants, and giraffes are also spotted around the park. The big cats such as the Lions, Cheetahs, and Leopards are a must-see since they are all over the plains.
It’s possible to see the big cats hunting down their prey (this shouldn’t be watched by the faint-hearted though it is a great experience not to miss; you can as well record a video to include it among your safari highlights).
Other animals in the Park include; Grant’s Gazelles, White Rhinos, Black Rhinos, Topis, Impalas, Elands, and Kongoni.
Tourists have one of the best game viewing experiences by game drives through different legal tracks, off-tracking is not allowed. Game drives offer close encounters with the animals while on Safari cars with pop up roofs.
You can also take in awe-inspiring views of Wildlife and Sceneries in Serengeti while on a hot-air balloon ride. If not that, you can choose for guided walking safaris, and here you are assigned an armed park ranger.
Walking Safaris reveals those Wildlife species that cannot be seen while on a game drive or up in skies on a hot-air balloon.
With over 238 bird species, Serengeti National Park is a destination to include if you are actually listing the top birding hotspots in East Africa.
Birding Safaris in Serengeti are possible all year round but the best time starts from November to April. This is the time when migratory bird species flock in to mix up with the resident species.
Some of the bird species found in Serengeti include; Black-headed Heron, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed Weaver, White-bellied go-away bird, White-crowned Shrike, Red-backed scrub.
More on the list are; D’Arnaud’s barbet, Decken-Toko Tockus, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Grey-headed Sparrow, Variable Sunbird, Secretary bird, Purple Grenadier, Yellow-throated sand grouse to mention but a few.