Serengeti, Tanzania

Serengeti Park (from the Masai “siringet”, “endless plains”) is famous for its richest wildlife: here you can find about five hundred species of birds and three million large animals. In the north, the park borders on the Masai Mara reserve, in the southeast – Ngorongoro.

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In the summer of 2009, the Serengeti celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. In connection with this date, the management decided to introduce new rules to protect the park from an increase in tourist flow and illiterate buildings. Recently, in the east of the Serengeti, in the Olduvai Gorge area, which is also called the “cradle of mankind”, traces of an ancient man were found. Archaeologists say that uncontrolled access to the excavation site can seriously damage research. Therefore, this part of the park was closed to tourists for an indefinite period.

How to get there

From Arusha to Serengeti five hours by car or 1.5 hours by plane from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Weather in Serengeti

The climate of the Serengeti is dry and warm. The rainy season is from March to May, and there are also light rains from October to November. Best time to visit: December – July (wildebeest watching), June – October (predator watching).

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Entertainment and attractions of the Serengeti

The endless plains, savannahs, rivers and lakes of the park are inhabited by more than 35 species of animals: three thousand individuals of lions, wildebeest, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, crocodiles, hyenas, giraffes, jackals, baboons, big-eared foxes and many others. The reserve is considered one of the best places on the planet to observe the life of lions, cheetahs and giraffes.

The park offers hot air balloon safaris, trips to the nearby Serengeti crater, Oldo Lengai volcano, and flamingo watching on Lake Natron. Of the attractions of the park, one cannot fail to note the ancient rock paintings of the Maasai and musical rocks.

Animal migration

One of the features of the park is the migration of animals. Millions of wildebeest and more than 200,000 zebra move from the northern hills to the southern plains each year during the dry season of October and November, where brief tropical downpours occur at that time. With the onset of the rainy season, in April-June, animals migrate to the west and north. Thousands of tourists come to watch this amazing procession every year.

Serengeti, Tanzania