A safari in the Serengeti is not just the best Tanzania has to offer. It is certainly also one of THE richest experiences Africa has to offer! In fact, when you say Africa safari it is the Serengeti that usually comes to mind. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most recognized names on the old continent!
The area has been the inspiration of creative types for centuries. Visiting writers (Ernest Hemingway of course), film makers (Hugo von Lawick, Alan Root…), painters, scientists and photographers, have been inspired by the lush landscapes and thrilling animal species that inhabit this unique region. Did you know there were two biosphere sites and two World Heritage sites established within the region? Quite fascinating!
When you take your African safari holidays in the Serengeti you will have the chance to witness over 70 different species of plains dwelling animals. In fact, most of the animals you can think of exist in this species rich region. All those beasts you always visited the zoo to see, roam wild in their natural habitat here in Serengeti National Park. Zebras, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, and even “laughing” hyenas just to name but a few, can be sighted in abundance!
Ever heard of the Great Migration? No? Well then, be ready to experience probably the most mind-boggling gathering of wildebeests and zebras planet Earth has to offer, with close to 1,5 million wildebeests and approximately 250,000 zebras! The cycle happens between the vast plains of Serengeti and Maasai Mara further up north, where the ungulates journey in an endless quest for fresh pastures and water!
Pretty much any wild animal that you can think of is roaming the plains free and unobstructed by cages. Topi, Thomson’s Gazelle, Eland, Impala, African Buffalo, Grant’s Gazelle, Kongoni, Giraffe, Warthog, Waterbuck, Elephant…you name it!!! Serengeti simply has it all! Seeing these animals where they live and how they live will be an experience you will never forget or recreate anywhere in the world.
The birds of the Serengeti are amazing as well. You can expect to see Yellow-throated Sand grouse, Ostrich and even the agile Secretary bird, Kori bustard and Crowned plover. As you check out the seasonal rivers of the region you may want to stand back a bit as you are sure to encounter a crocodile or two along the banks of the Grumeti River, and they may be hungry! Not to mention that they are amongst the largest crocs found anywhere in Africa.
Ultimately, if you are looking for more than animals in the Serengeti, you will find a myriad of plant species. This region is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Everything you see around you in fauna and flora has not changed in millions of years. It’s mind boggling but it’s true. The uniqueness and beauty of the plains is expressed wonderfully through the plant life. The reason the ecosystem has not changed in so many millions of years is that the conditions have not changed. The climate and land structure is just as it was many millennia ago and that is a vision of unchanged beauty!