Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is a famous wildlife conservation area. It’s famous due to the dramatic annual wildebeest migration from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Spanning approximately 30, 000 sq km Serengeti National Park offers excellent wildlife safaris and awe inspiring hot air balloon rides over the vast plains.
Serengeti has the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem which is vitally important as such two sites have been declared as World Heritage sites and another two sites have been declared as Biosphere Reserves. The name 'Serengeti' is a Masai name for an 'extended place' thus the vastness of the Serengeti National Park supports the largest concentration large animals both grazers and browsers as well as the carnivores animals.
With a lion population well over 2,500, Serengeti National Park offers rewarding Lion Safaris. Apart from the lions other carnivores include; leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, all 3 species of jackal (golden, side striped and black-backed jackal families), caracal. In Serengeti there are over 500 bird species include 34 raptors, 6 vultures, and aggregations of over 20,000 waterbirds.
The Serengeti's climate is usually warm and dry. The main rainy season is from March to May, with short rains falling from October to November. The amount of rainfall increases from about 508mm on the plains in the lee of the Ngorongoro Highlands to about 1,200mm on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Serengeti Park offers a good collection of African holiday themed activities including; Serengeti hot air balloon rides, wildlife watching drives, hiking, picnicking, guided nature walks, photograph amidst incredible backdrops, bush meals, horseback riding safaris, cultural and historical visits to Masai rock paintings, Olduvai gorge, and honeymoons among others.
In addition, Serengeti National Park has attracted many a scholars and scientific researchers in ecology and even archaeologist such as Dr. Leakey who found a 1.75 million year old remains of early man.
Serengeti National Park has a good selection decent holiday accommodation scattered through the park. These facilities range from luxury lodges, tented camps and campsites suitable for backpackers.