The Serengeti National Park is a massive national park in northern Tanzania. This part stretches over 14 763 km2 (5,700 sq. mi). The Serengeti National Park is located entirely in eastern Mara Region and north east portion of Simiyu Region. It contains over 15 000 000 hectares (37 000 000 acres) of virgin savanna. The park opened its doors in 1940.

One of the most famous things which the Serengeti is known for is the largest annual animal migration in the world. It consists of over 1.5 million blue wildebeest as well as 250 000 zebra and the largest lion population in Africa. The park is under threat from deforestation, population growth and ranching.

Serengeti National Park Has Been Designated A World Heritage Site

This park teems with wildlife:

  • Over 2 million ungulates,
  • 4 000 lions,
  • Approximately 1 000 leopard,
  • 550 cheetahs, and
  • Around 500 bird species.

Go there on a safari and explore the endless Serengeti plains that are dotted with trees and koppies from which magnificent lions monitor their kingdom. Gaze on the Great Migration in awe or find an obscure leopard in a riverine forest. It’s also possible to see everything from a bird’s-eye view and fly over the plains at sunrise during a hot air balloon safari.

The Wildebeest Migration

Every year, more than  2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle go from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. If you’re there at the absolute right time, you will be able to spot herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon.

Elephants, which were nowhere to be found in the Serengeti 30 years ago, moved into the Serengeti National Park as human populations and agricultural developments increased outside its borders. The local elephant population is estimated at around 1 360.

The last of the Serengeti’s wild dogs died out in 1991 however there are around 30 000 domestic dogs in the area. It is likely that unvaccinated domestic dogs spread rabies to the wild dogs, causing their local extinction. A widespread outbreak of canine distemper resulted the deaths of almost one-third of the area’s lions in 1994.

The killing of elephants for their ivory tusks, the slaughtering of the now virtually extinct black rhinoceros for its horn, and the poaching of game animals for meat — an approximate 200 000 a year — are major threats.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

Just like the online slots in Australia, there is no best time for you to visit the Serengeti. However many might say that it might be a good idea to side-step the rainy season because the density of it can become taxing this is around April until May. Different times of year will provide different experiences so do your research beforehand about what you wish to experience and this will clearly coincide with how long you wish to stay in Tanzania for.

Where To Stay On The Serengeti

The Serengeti is endowed with a world of diversity not just in its wildlife but also in its accommodation facilities. There are luxury campsites and bush lodges which will suit even the most discerning traveller’s tastes.