SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Tanzania has emerged as African’s best safari destination’s, with a variety of activities to do and beautiful attractions to see. Serengeti national park, is regarded among the park of Tanzania’s best tour destinations to include on a safari expedition.

Serengeti national park is a national park located in the northern region of Tanzania in East Africa. It is located in the regions of simiyu and maya, this parks neighbors the Masai mara national park of Kenya and the Ngorongoro conservation area. Serengeti national park is famous for the large numbers of beautiful wildlife, the major highlight for visiting this national park, is to witness the annual migration of the zebras and blue wildebeest.

History of Serengeti national park.

Serengeti national park derived it’s name from the Masai term “siringeti” that is related to mean a’ land that runs forever”.  In 1921 part of the Serengeti was designated into a game reserve. Later in the 1930’s, the government of Tanganyika was pressured to system the Serengeti  into a national park by the complaint of the convention relative to the preservation of fauna and flora in their natural state.  In 1940 , Serengeti finally was designated into a national park.

The following years of 1940’s the national park was strictly protected. And the Serengeti board of trustees was formed to be in charge of the management and administration of the national park.  1951, the park’s boundaries were fully finalized, and in 1959, part of the Serengeti was cut to form  the Ngorongoro conservation area. An area of 8300km was cut off east of the Serengeti to carter for the Masai residents that could no longer access the national park.

The three regions of Serengeti national park

Serengeti plains

These are located in the southern region of the national park, famous for the granitic kopjes and the volcanic grasslands.  The almost treeless Serengeti Plain, are combined with volcanic grass community formed out of the volcano ash and the kopjes, that are spying grounds for predators of the areas.

Western corridor

This  is flatter than the southern area of Serengeti national park, with plants, mountain ranges, riverine forests and the plain rivers of (Mbalageti and Grumeti). This is the most preferred area by visitors, a glance of the wildebeest migrations can be witnessed in the western corridor, from the month of May to July.

Northern Serengeti

The inaccessible plains of northern Serengeti are made up of open woodlands, hills and the famous ground kopjes.

Activities and attractions in Serengeti national park.

Game drives

The most fascinating activity in Serengeti national park is a game drive experience. Exploring the big vast landscape can surely not be completed by a walking safari, but rather with the help of a 4 wheeled drive accompanied by a professional guide. Game drives through the park give a chance to see the various wildlife species located in the park, including the 5 five game. An early morning game drive starts early enough and ends at 11; 00am. For tourists that prefer the afternoon session, this starts at 2:00pm till 5; 30pm.  Wildlife spotted in Serengeti include the impalas, Elands, Lions, Giraffes, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, black Rhinos, Grant’s gazelle, top, Kongoni among others.

Birding

Bird watching in Serengeti national park is an exception experience, to encounter while with a visit to the park. Serengeti is home to over 500 different bird species, 11 of which are endemic to the park and 100 are permanent to the park’s forests. The forests are home to as well the migratory birds that usually migrate between the months of November and April. Birds species encountered while birding in the national park include the following. Kori busard, Fischer’s love birds, Rufous –tailed weaver, Grey Breast spurfowl, southern ground horn bill, Black –headed gonolek, grey –backed fiscal, crowned lapwing, Green-back woodpecker, Grey –capped social weaver, Nubian woodpecker, Speke waver and many more. .

Hot air balloon adventure

Game viewing is usually familiarized with a four wheel drive, in Serengeti national park, the park’s wildlife can be experienced with a “bird eye” view. A balloon safari takes off into the skies of the park, giving a better view of the different attractions, landscapes and wildlife where the tour vehicles cannot reach. This same adventure can be experienced in Murchison falls national park of Uganda.

Major attractions

The great migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and over 2000 Zebras is a major highlight for the Serengeti Park. Witnessing the great migration is a say more and worth planning for, for every wildlife safari. This usually happens annually between the months of May to July. Thousands of wildebeests are seen crossing dangerous rivers and plains, where some are preyed off by predators like the lions, crocodiles and dangerous snakes.

Retina hippo pool

This is located in the seronera sector of the Serengeti Park. Retina pool is a home to the huge number of hippos. Visitors can view the large pools of hippos on foot while taking memorable pictures and videos for pleasant memories.

Lobo valley

The valley accommodates most of the big cat species, for there is plenty of prey for the big cats such as the lions, leopards in the valley. Other wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and baboons can be sighted in the lobo valley as well. This is also part of the great migration in the months between July and November.

Kopjes

These are vastly dotted into Serengeti national park. Kopjes are rock formations. They are resting areas for most predators, and offer a magnificent   horizon view of the beautiful land scape of the park. A visit to these areas reward views of black rhinos of Serengeti.

Ngorongoro crater

This is part of the Ngorongoro conservation area that is part of the Serengeti part. The crater was formed by a volcanic eruption that dropped inward a mountain, forming into a crater. The area is home to about 30,000 wild game, open for viewing. This is whole year with that fact they cannot migrate from the Ngorongoro crater. The crater is a source of water to the thirsted wildlife and food from its ever vegetation.

Accommodation at Serengeti national park.

Visitors that wish to stay or spend a night at park, are availed with comfortable accommodation options ranging from budget, midrange to luxury. Some of these include; Serengeti Serena safari lodge, four seasons safari lodge, seronera wildlife lodge, kubu kubu tented camp etc.

For a relaxed wildlife safari in East Africa, Serengeti national park is among the top safari destinations to always think about, here at love Uganda safaris we help plan, and organize all safari tours for a lifetime story to tell.



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