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The Endless Plains

The Serengeti is one of Africa's best and most famous animal sanctuaries with much to see. For many years I watched TV programmes showing the life of various animals though I never had a big desire to go. When everything came together for me to climb Kilimanjaro I took the opportunity to do a Safari and included the Serengeti.

The Serengeti region is huge (approx 13,000 square km) and encompasses the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. It's no wonder the Maasai call this place Siringitu or "the place where the land moves on forever"!!

Reportedly over 90,000 tourists visit the Park every year bringing in an ever increasing part of Tanzania's income in what is an extremely poor country.

Lots to see

The Serengeti National park is a large area and is attached to the Ngorongoro conservation area. In fact the direction we approached the Serengeti took our truck through the main gate of the Ngorongoro conservation area and past a fantastic view of the Crater as we drove toward the Serengeti.

According to the experts, early man made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. There are several hominid bones to be seen at the museum at Olduvai (or Oldupai to the Maasai). No mention if this was the original Garden of Eden!

The Beasts

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous and the most television has been made. Wildebeest and Zebras move in huge numbers flowing south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November then west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.

There are most of Tanzania's big 5 here (Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard & Elephant) with only the Rhino missing from the bunch. We saw upwards of 50 lions in a couple of days plus lots of Buffalo and Elephants, a couple of Leopards and heaps of Giraffe, Zebra and Gazelle.

  • Last visit to Serengeti National Park: Sep 2009
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