Serengeti National Park – Home to the Great Migration Safaris

Serengeti National Park is located in the northern part of the country and remarkably one of the famous destinations for African safaris by most tourists.

If the question is, what countries are in the Serengeti National Park? Serengeti National Park is located in the Mara and Simiyu regions and contains 1.5 million hectares of the savanna, and stretches on a total land area of over 14,763 square kilometers in Tanzania and was established in 1951. Serengeti National Park is at the heart of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and is well defined by the area covered by the Annual Migration.

Hot air balloon flights in Serengeti
Hot air balloon flights in Serengeti

Serengeti National Park lies in northern Tanzania, bordered in the north by the Kenya, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Serengeti National Park is made up of several sections which include the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the southeast of the park is theto, the southwest lies Maswa Game Reserve, to the west is the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast and to the east lies the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem.

What is Serengeti National Park famous for?

Serengeti National Park is one of the only fewer places where you can witness the unaltered natural animals migration in the world. With large of herds of grazers that move in pursue for fresh pastures and water for their survival, have remarkable made tourists to describe it as the greatest wildlife destination on earth.

When does the Great migration start in Serengeti?

The exact dates are not well known, however large numbers of mammal grazers with over one million wildebeest, thousands of zebras and gazelles, which move through the Serengeti annually in search of food and breeding grounds. The migration is also due to along round trek of drier lands in the country. Between December to June is the wet season in Serengeti and animals usually head towards the south to Naabi Hill, and as temperatures increase and the dry season sets, the large herds travel through the Seronera River Valley and the Western corridor before they cross the Grumeti River and moving north to the Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs.

Usually after several month of grazing on fresh pastures the herds turn around and start the process afresh. The large herds are usually followed by predator which hunt them down for food. Serengeti is the only place that can offer you a chance to see such a dramatic scene in the world that occurs naturally. Thus a visit here will only create lasting memories.

Wildlife in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park habituates a great numbers of wildlife, the spatial-temporal gradient with the abiotic factors such as the rainfall, temperature, topography and geology with the drainage systems in the Serengeti National Park have manifested the wide variety of large numbers of wildlife both aquatic and terrestrial.

Wildebeests in Serengeti
Wildebeests in Serengeti

The Park is a home to 2 million wildebeests, around 900,000 and 300,000 zebras as the dominant herds. Other herbivores in Serengeti National Park include the elands, hartebeests, buffalos, hippopotamus, black rhinoceroses, antelopes, and ten species of the primates.

The National Park also inhabits large numbers of predators, Serengeti National Park has one of the largest lion populations in Africa with over 4,000 lions, others include the leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, wild dogs.

Serengeti National Park is also a home to great numbers of birdlife with it habituating over 500 species of birds that are perennial. The most commonly spotted include; secretarybird, kori bustards, helmeted guineafowls, Grey-breasted spurfowl, blacksmith lapwing, african collared dove, red-billed buffalo weaver, southern ground hornbill, crowned cranes, sacred ibis, cattle egrets, black herons, knob-billed ducks, saddle-billed storks, goliath herons, marabou storks, yellow-billed stork, spotted thick-knees, white stork, lesser flamingo, shoebills, abdim’s stork, hamerkops, hadada ibis, african fish eagles, pink-backed pelicans, Tanzanian red-billed hornbill, martial eagles, egyptian geese, lovebirds, spur-winged geese, oxpeckers, and many species of vultures. Serengeti National Park has the highest number of ostrich population in Tanzania and probably Africa at large.