How big is Serengeti ?
Size of Serengeti: How big is Serengeti, is one of the most asked question by guests due to its history, the great wildebeest migration, the endless plains of the national park that cuts boundaries to even Kenya Maasai Mara national Reserve.
Size of Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park covers an area of 30000 square kilometers (therefore size of Serengeti is 12000 square miles) making it the second largest protected area in Tanzania after Selous game reserve. The park has the best and the oldest Ecology not only in Tanzania but Africa at large, it has dotted acacia trees that form some of the ecosystem though the park is covered with open grassland that attracts more grazers in the park.
Serengeti national park borders Ngorongoro conservation Area at the South and Maasai Mara in the North. The Serengeti national park ecosystem inhabits the largest number of lions, Leopards, Hyenas and Cheetahs.
The park is also a home of large number of wildlife grazers like Buffalo, wildebeest, gazelles, waterbuck, topis, kobs, oribi, zebras, dik-dik among others. The southern part bordering the Ngorongoro conservation Area has open plains with little dotted or no trees with highly nutritious grass that attract the wildebeest in January to go for calving in this area. The Ndutu area calving season takes only two month then the wildebeest will migrate back to the central Serengeti after the young born wildebeest have got some energy can walk for long distance.
In the Northwest, the Acacia woodlands are few and they are replaced by the Terminalia-Combretum woodlands due to change of the ecology and soil profile. These is a sector where more buffaloes and Elephants are found in Serengeti national park.
Distance from Arusha
Serengeti national park is located on the Northern corridor 7 hours drive from the Tourist city of Arusha passing through the Lake Manyara region, Ngorongoro crater conservation Area then to Serengeti national park. The drive is scenic with stop over views of the Great Rift Valley escarpments at Lake Manyara, you will have an aerial view of Lake Manyara, view of the Ngorongoro crater at the viewing point then continue through the Maasai warrior mayantas where cultural tourism is done.