The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
The Masai tribe called it the “endless plains” and it is indeed true. From anywhere in the Serengeti can you see no end to the vast treeless plains of this nature reserve. It is famed for its wealth of animals and on a safari in the Serengeti you will be amazed at the abundance of creatures. The yearly migration through the Serengeti plains and Masai Mara of millions of wildebeest and zebras to find fresh food and water is world-famous. These hordes are being closely followed by predators in anticipation of their next meal. No other national park will guarantee a better chance to see the Big Five than the Serengeti National Park.