The Serengeti is often dubbed as the greatest National Park in the world, but what makes this park in Northern Tanzania so great? It’s time to find out!
If you do a tour of some different parks in Tanzania, you will notice they all have a few different types of habitats which host a variety of animals. Well, the Serengeti has more types of habitats than any other park of its kind, you can go from woodland, to swamp, to mountain and even to a river in an instant. The majority of the 30,000 km2 of land in the Serengeti is taken up by open particular habitat though, the large and open plains, which make great surroundings for spotting wildlife easily.
The types of animals you can expect to see whilst on safari in the Serengeti varies completely, and can depend totally on what your surroundings are, for example if you are in a swamp or river area you may come across a group of hippos of crocodiles, if you venture into the open plains you may spot the likes of giraffe, zebra and gazelle, and if you keep your eyes open whilst looking at trees, you may spot a leopard up in the tree, or a pride of lions under the tree!
The greatest natural migration of animals in the world takes place in the Serengeti between December and June, I am of course talking about the great wildebeest migration. This phenomenon cycle occurs annually, and is spurred on by the animals hunger for fresh grazing pastures in the Masai Mara of Kenya. There are said to be roughly 1.5 million wildebeest (some of these are calves born in the mass birthing which takes place in the Serengeti around February), 200,000 zebra and 400,000 Thompson’s gazelle which take part in the migration cycle, some of these will meet their end on the journey; either being picked off by hungry predators, or drowning during the crossing of deep rivers.
If you are interested in visiting the Serengeti and taking a Tanzania safari of a lifetime, then do not hesitate to contact East African tour experts Ziara Safaris for a completely unique and special African safari holiday.