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Serengeti National Park


Probably what makes Serengeti National Park the most famous is the annual Wildebeests migration also known as ‘The Great Migration’ that involves more than 1.5 Million herds of wildebeests accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles. This annual natural phenomenon, also referred as the 7 wonder of the world sees the animals cover thousands of kilometers every year crossing the border from Tanzania to Kenya and back, in search of Water and green pastures.

An African safari to Tanzania with, Serengeti National Park included is an ultimate safari. The national park has a very high concentration of resident animals that includes among many others; the lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, warthogs, giraffes, serval cats, gazelles, topis, and many other species. The list is endless… For the bird watchers, this national park will amaze you with the number of species one can spot in a single day. The bird species the Serengeti National Park includes; The larger species; like Ostriches, Secretary birds, Kori bastards, Hammerkops, and many smaller species like the weavers, starlings, sun birds, doves, pigeons, honey guides, and many other species.

Serengeti is quite a long drive from and to Arusha, the safari base town, and is best reached after a visit to other destinations; Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. However flights to and from Serengeti National Park are available from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

The Serengeti is one of largest parks in Tanzania and it is located in the North East of Tanzania. The park is borders Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya from the north. Serengeti is a major component to most Northern Tanzania safari programs and you can access the park by road or by flight. Serengeti National Park borders Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) on the south which makes it easy to combine the two major wildlife areas in the Northern Tanzania safari circuit but you may also consider including Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks if you have enough time.

By flight you can access Serengeti from Arusha town, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Island or even from other parks by flying from the small airstrips that are located in the several parks in Northern and Southern Tanzania safari circuit. The flight to or out of the Serengeti is a good think to consider if you want to have a relaxed tour to Serengeti and especially if you are not visiting other parks that usually helps in breaking down the driving distances or if you are coming from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. If you are also traveling with the elderly folk or young kids, the fly in safari to Serengeti National park would be the best option.

Serengeti National Park is an integral part of a Tanzanian safari tour because of the large variety of wildlife species that can be found in this park. The Wildebeests Migration is definitely the park’s main attraction.

The Great Migration as it is popularly referred to, the wildebeests migration is a movement of around 2 million wildebeests accompanied by around 350,00 Thompson gazelles and upto 200, 000 zebras from Ndutu in Southern Serengeti towards the North Serengeti through the Western Corridor and ultimately crossing the Mara River to enter Masai Mara Game reserve in Kenya, in what has now been recognized as the biggest wildlife spectacle on planet earth.