The Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in the African Safari Scene. Here you will be able to spot various wildlife activities such as the wildebeest migration, Predators hunting and so much more. Therefore, no surprise that this is a place that you would not dare miss out on your bucket list, whether during this period or sometimes in the future. To others, it is not just about its natural wonders but also for its world-class accommodation facilities located within the park.
The origin of the name “Serengeti”
The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai word “Siringit”, which means the “endless plains”.This accurately describes the endless vast savanna and its rolling hills. Though many people think that it is made up entirely of grassland, but it also consists of woodlands, forests, and savanna.
History of the Serengeti
Serengeti is among the oldest national park in Tanzania operated by the National Parks (TANAPA). It was first entrenched in the 1920s and officially declared as a national park in 1951. In 1981 it was named a UNESCO world heritage. The Serengeti currently attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year making it a major draw to the country’s tourism sector.
No permanent human inhabitation in the park, this was done so as to minimize human destructive activities within the national park, hence all the people (Maasai tribe) who inhabited the area were allocated to safer places.
Animals in the Serengeti
If you visit Serengeti National Park, you may be able to spot some if not all the big five animals which consist of the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, and Lion. Other animals you can expect to see include Crocodiles, Wildebeests, Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Hippos, and Antelopes.
Besides the animals, there are also has more than 400 species of birds, turning it to a bird watcher’s paradise.
Best season/time to visit.
This will vary mostly to tourists depending on their interests. For instance, one might be interested in viewing the Migration. Due to the migration interest, they are forced to visit a certain period of the year to spot the migration. But all in all, there is no specific time to visit the place, since wildlife sightings are all good all year round.
Activities in the Serengeti
Serengeti National Park offers a wide range of activities due to its Vast savannah. Hence, the following are the various activities that one can undergo while in Serengeti.
- Game Drives
- Hot Air Balloon
- Visit Olduvai Gorge
- Watching the Mara & Grumeti river crossings
- Wildlife spotting at Seronera Plains
- Hippo Pool visits
- Visit the Bologonja Springs
Located in Eastern Africa, Kenya, and Uganda to its North, Burundi, Rwanda, and Republic of Congo to its West, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to its South and the Indian Ocean to its Eastern Side. Tanzania poses as one among the best safari destinations to be visited all year round. With over 30% of its land as National Parks, so much wildlife and scenic views to be experienced and enjoyed.
Tanzania is among the biggest countries rich in a variety of Flora and Fauna allowing it to be among the most diverse in the World, from its beautiful beaches, tropical forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, islands and so much more.
Below are the four most interesting facts about Tanzania that you may need to know.
LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN AFRICA
Selous Game Reserve is the largest national park in Africa covering about 55,000 km2. Located in South-Eastern Tanzania, the park has various attractions such as Wildlife varieties including Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebras, Wild dogs, Elephants, Rhino, and the Hippos. The most famous attraction in the park is the Rufiji river which pours its water directly to the Indian Ocean.
HIGHEST POINT IN AFRICA & WORLD’S TALLEST FREE-STANDING MOUNTAIN
Many refer to it as the roof of Africa, commonly known as Mt. Kilimanjaro. Is a dormant volcano with three cones namely, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. With 5,895 meters above sea level, the mountain poses as the highest point on the African Continent and the World’s tallest free-standing mountain.
Situated in North-Eastern Tanzania within Kilimanjaro National Park, many tourists have summited successfully
SECONDDEEPEST, LARGEST &OLDEST LAKE IN THE WORLD
Lake Tanganyika is a freshwater lake situated in Tanzania’s western region and it acts as a border between Tanzania and the Republic of Congo. It is the second deepest lake in the world which reaches a depth of 4,823 feet. It is also the second oldest believed to have contained its water for a very long time ago, it holds the greatest volume of freshwater accounting to over 10% of the World’s available freshwater.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO natural World Heritage site located in the northern highlands of Tanzania. It’s mainly known for the astonishing Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera in the whole world. This is the only park in Tanzania where human beings (Traditional People) inhabitation was allowed to conserve the park. Also, in every direction you look, you can spot zebras, lions, elephants, wildebeests and if lucky enough, black rhinos too!
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