The Serengeti National park is Tanzania's oldest park, covering an area of over 14,760 sq.km and it is the second largest park after Ruaha National Park. The park is located on the north eastern side of Tanzania and borders with Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
It is the country's most popular and famous park and a visit to Tanzania must include a safari to the Serengeti. "Serengeti" is a Masai (Maasai)word meaning "endless plain", which is very apt, as the park consists of flat, treeless plains stretching as far as the eye can see, and it is one of the highest concentration wildlife areas in Africa.
Virtually every game species in Africa can be found here, including the Big 5 (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo) but it is most famous for its vast herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and antelope, as well as "the Serengeti Lions". Also great for keen Birdwatchers with close to 500 species being spotted in the area, including various species of kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell’s vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks and harriers.
The most spectacular and unique event of the year is the Serengeti Annual Migration, which takes place heading north to south in October and November and back south to north between the months of April and June. This has been described by many as one of the greatest wonders of the world. The migrating herds of Wildebeest together with Zebra and Thompson's Gazelle are closely followed the predators; Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and hunting dogs with vultures circling overhead. There is no fixed migration timetable as the animals migrate according to rainfall patterns.
A very popular activity in the Serengeti is a Balloon Safari and, although fairly pricey, it is a well worth once-in-a-lifetime experience. The open savannah plains give a great opportunity to see so many of the animals from the air in peace and serenty, as well as taking in the panoramic scenery which is absolutely breathtaking.
There are several airstrips inside the park with scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza.
Most people travel to the Serengeti from Arusha, the road for most the part is sealed and in good condition. From Arusha, you will pass the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park and travel through Ngorongoro Conservation Area. For Ngorongoro to Serengeti the road deteriorates and is sometimes in poor condition, especially during and just after the raining season.
Approaching fromm Mwanza or Musoma on the lake shore, take the road east and you will enter the Serengeti through the Ndaraka Gate in the West.
Whilst wildlife viewing is good all year round, the best time to go on safari is from December to March, when many animals are concentrated in the park's southern regions.
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