Serengeti National Park
The park, which includes Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, is Tanzania’s oldest national park and continues to be the tourism industry’s crown jewel. It boasts more than a million wildebeest and over 2,500 lions. Serengeti National Park Safari excursions and safari packages are available from Tanzania Horizon Safaris on a wide range of days, in conjunction with journeys to Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and as a component of the Great Migration Safari.
When the first European explorer, Austrian Oscar Baumann, traveled to the area in 1892, the Maasai people had been grazing their animals in the wide-open plains of the eastern Mara Region, which they called the “endless plains,” for about 200 years. The term “Serengeti” is an approximate translation of the Maasai word siringet, which means “the place where the land runs on forever” and is used to characterize the region. The park, which includes Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, is Tanzania’s oldest national park and continues to be the tourism industry’s crown jewel. It boasts more than a million wildebeest and over 2,500 lions.
Serengeti Plains (Central Serengeti)
The almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals – zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck – also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. “Kopjes” are granite florations that are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons.
Western Serengeti (Grumeti Region)
The landscape in the western part of the Serengeti is characterized by a hilly, open savannah. It is covered by woodlands, floodplains and riverine forests which serves as a perfect habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Wildlife viewing in the Western Corridor is consistent throughout the year. The savannah south of the Grumeti River supports substantial resident populations of giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, zebra and other typical plains animals, and lion. The little-visited open grasslands north of the river are good for cheetahs. Serengeti balloon safaris are offered during the Great Migration season (from the beginning of June to the end of October).
Southern Serengeti (Maswa Region)
The Maswa Game Reserve is located in the south of the Serengeti National Park and borders on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the east. It encloses Lake Ndutu and borders Lake Eyasi to the south. The open grasslands typical of the Serengeti lie to the north. The southeast is significantly hillier and you can see large rock formations, the so-called “kopjes” (hills and rock groups). Mammals such as giraffe, antelope, impala, buffalo, warthog and of course predators such as leopard, jackal, lion, cheetah and hyena live in the Maswa Game Reserve all year round. The Maswa region is also part of the great migration. Up to 8,000 young calves are born here every day in January and February, which of course attracts a lot of predators, so that large packs form.
Northern Serengeti (Mara Region)
The Northern Serengeti reaches all the way to the Kenyan border and the famous Mara River. It is therefore greener and more quiet in comparison to the southern Serengeti plains. The area stretches from the Lobo Hills southwards to Seronera and is typified by green rolling hills, which is a pleasant diversion from the much flatter southern plains. It is an ideal habitat to spot wildlife due to its versatile, green environment, its rivers and its acacia tree forests.
Serengeti National Park
Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
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