The Serengeti national park is endowed with the big five animals. The park harbors a lot of wildlife roaming around the endless glamorous plains. A game drive at the Serengeti national park is very rewarding because of animals like wildebeests, elands, gazelles, zebras, cheetahs, jackals, lions and many more. The climax of game viewing is during the annual beast migration.
Serengeti national park boasts with lots of bird species, some of which are endemic to this area while others are migratory birds. Some of the birds found here are yellow throated sand grouse , little spotted wood pecker, Fischer’s lover bird, silver bird, rupells griffon vulture, grey backed fiscal, red capped robin chat and black headed gonolek among the rest. The best time for bird watching is from November to April when migratory birds are present. Serengeti national park has a lot of activities to offer tourists. Tourists need a well planned itinerary and a good number of days to explore the whole park.
The Great Migration
The great migration of the Serengeti national park occurs in July and November. During this time, tourists encounter thousands of zebras and gazelles along side millions of wildebeests crossing the Grumeti River as the predators following up their prey and crocodiles wait patiently for the animals.
Serengeti National Park was gazetted as a national park, the Masai warriors used to hunt on the endless plains and also graze animals here. Today the Masai people live in the northern part of Tanzania just near Serengeti and in the southern part of Kenya near the Masai Mara. The Masai people have very rich and unique culture you might not come across elsewhere in Tanzania. Tourists can visit the Masai villages and learn their ways of life and also get themselves unique cultural wears and gifts to take back home for remembrance. Tourists can also get entertained by the unique Masai dances presented by the locals.
The Ngorongoro Crater is just adjacent to Serengeti national park. This volcanic caldera was formed when a volcano collapsed on it self over a million years ago. The caldera is about 2000 feet deep. This place has got thousands of animals around and Masai villages are also near. For tourists interested in archaeology, the area has got geological and archaeological sites. The Ngorongoro caldera remains the world’s unflooded and inactive caldera lake. The area covers 8,292 kilometers squared. While at this area, tourists can also visit the only active volcano oldonyo lengai, olduvai museum, olkarein gorge, olmoti and empakai craters.
Seronera River and Visit Lobo Valley
The Seronera river valley is the best place to view leopards at Serengeti national park. The Seronera River is a water source for many animals and supports vegetation growth all year round. The Seronera valley also contains most of the park’s luxurious accommodation units and more wildlife. The lobo valley is one of the most beautiful places flooded with wildlife in Africa especially during the migration period. Gazelles, zebras and elands can be seen here. This northern sector of Serengeti has more wildlife in the dry seasons than the wet season.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
A hot air balloon safari is an excellent way of viewing wildlife apart from doing it on a car. This safari activity will expose you to more clear views of game and also view animals like hyenas returning to their dens after night hunting. The balloon safaris at Serengeti national park always start at 6am in the morning and last for about two hours. Tourists end up having a bush breakfast in the wild before they get back to their hotels.
Naabi Hill is one of the best to visit while at the Serengeti. The hill is mainly covered by acacia trees that harbor lions and cheetahs. The hill also serves as the main entrance to Serengeti national park after driving through the Ngorongoro conservation area. Moru kopjes is the only place to view the black African rhino at Serengeti national park. This place is always guarded by armed robbers as the rhinos have increased in the recent years due to poaching in order to acquire it’s horns. Other animals can also be seen in this area mostly during July to November.