The Serengeti is one of the oldest and most complex ecosystems on earth and with about 5,700 square miles (14.750 square kilometers) the Serengeti National Park belongs to the ten largest National Parks in Africa. The essential features have barely changed in the past million years. The landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by wind, rain, and sun. Early man himself made an appearance here about two million years ago. Topographically, the Serengeti is comprised of flat to slightly undulating grassy plains that are interrupted by scattered rocky areas (kopjes) which are parts of the Precambrian basement rocks protruding through the ash layers. Similar to the country size of Belgium this unique and pristine biosphere extends to the western shores of Lake Victoria and stretches even beyond the border of Kenya.
Serengeti National Park
The Endless Plan and the best safari destination in Africa.
Serengeti National Park is probably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and species-rich wildlife. There are over 70 species of mammals including zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, gazelle, hyena, impala, baboon and giraffe. With more than 3,000 lions the Serengeti is believed to hold one of the largest populations of lions in Africa. Due to the abundance of prey it is one of the best places to observe hunting lion prides in their natural environment. Serengeti National Park is one of the few places on earth where you can meet the “Big Five”, the five most popular African animals: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
The Serengeti is world famous for the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. The annual migration of about 2 million wildebeests, more than 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, followed by their predators, is definitely one of the most impressive nature spectacles in the world. There is neither start nor finish to their endless search for food and water, as those impressive animal herds circle the Serengeti-Mara ecosstem in a relentless sequence of life and death.
Best Time to Visit:
July to March, January to February to see the wildebeest calving, June to July to see the spectacular wildebeest crossing of Grumeti River
Protected area as of today:
5,700 sq mi / 14.763 km2
Typical vegetation type:
UNESCO World Heritage Site & UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
Tanzania´s oldest national park
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