Top sights in Serengeti National Park
Top sights in Serengeti National Park: Serengeti national park is the oldest national park of Tanzania which is located in the northern part of Tanzania. This national park was established in 1952 and is known for its vast savannah plains.
This national park is home to numerous wildlife species and bird species. Serengeti national park is also home to the great wildebeest migration which is the biggest migration of over 2 million wildebeests which takes place annually.
Serengeti national park consists of endless plains and its ecosystem extends up to the Masai Mara national reserve in the south western part of Kenya. The national park also consists of rock outcrops referred to as kopjes, rivers, woodlands and beautiful landscape.
Tourists visit Serengeti national park from different parts of the world to enjoy seeing the various wildlife species in central Serengeti or Seronera area, western Serengeti, northern Serengeti and southern Serengeti.
The top sights which are visited in Serengeti national park during a safari include the following;
Retina hippo pool
The hippo pool is found in the north western part of the central Serengeti. During a safari in Serengeti national park, visitors can enjoy seeing many hippos as they swim in a pool in the central part of Serengeti national park. The hippo pool is formed where Seronera river and Orangi river meet.
The hippos are among the many wildlife species which can be seen while on safari in the central part of Serengeti national park. Over 200 hippos can be seen in the hippo pool while on safari around Serengeti national park.
The dry season is recommended for a visit to this pool where tourists can enjoy taking pictures of the hippos while on a wildlife viewing experience in the national park. There are also other facilities near the hippo pool such as a picnic area, restrooms and a parking lot.
Seronera river valley
The Seronera river valley is another sight to see in the central part of Serengeti national park. This part of the national park is popular among tourists on safari and is home to big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs.
Wildlife viewing in the Seronera river valley can also be carried out all throughout the year and the wildebeest migration can also be seen in this part of Serengeti national park which is made up of kopjes and open savannah where a variety of wildlife species can be spotted.
The wildlife species which can be spotted during a safari around the Seronera river valley include buffalos, impalas, lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, topi, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles among others.
Nabbi hill is another sight in Serengeti national park which is located in the northern part of the national park. The big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs can also be seen around the Nabbi hill area during a safari in the national park.
Other wildlife species which can be seen around Nabbi hill include gazelles, giraffes, elephants, elephants among others. The wildebeest migration can also be seen in this part of the national park.
Moru kopjes are also found in Serengeti national park and these are rock outcrops which can be seen over the savannah plains of the national park. The kopjes are found in the central part of Serengeti national park.
The endangered black rhinos can be seen around the Moru kopjes and other wildlife species which can be seen during a safari in Serengeti national park include elephants, lions, leopards and many others.
There are also other kopjes in Serengeti national park such as Simba kopjes and Maasai kopjes. During a visit to the Simba kopjes, lions can be spotted while engaging in a game viewing activity in Serengeti national park.
The Grumeti river is located in the western part of Serengeti national park and is famous for the river crossings during the wildebeest migration which takes place annually across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Wildebeests and zebras can be seen during a safari around the Grumeti area. Other wildlife species which can be seen around the Grumeti river include Nile crocodiles, hyenas, cheetahs, lions, leopards among others. Different bird species can also be spotted around the Grumeti area.
Bologonja springs are located in the north eastern part of Serengeti national park. This part of the national park is in the remote part at the destination near the border to Kenya. A variety of bird species can also be seen in this part of the national park.
Wildlife species which can be seen around the Bologonja springs include antelopes, elephants, buffalos, reedbucks, impalas, topi among others.
The wildebeest migration is one of the sought after attractions in Serengeti national park. This migration takes place annually and involves movement of over 2 million across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
This migration also involves movement of gazelles and zebras which accompany the wildebeests as they search for pasture. Predators such as lions and leopards can also be seen during the wildebeest migration.
The wildebeest migration can be seen in the different parts of Serengeti national park and the movement of the wildebeests varies according to the months of the year.
The Mara river is another location where the river crossings during the wildebeest migration take place. The herds of the wildebeests can be spotted during a safari around this river which is located in the northern part of Serengeti national park.
Hot air balloon experience
The hot air balloon experience is an activity to look forward to during a safari experience in Serengeti national park. During a hot air balloon safari, the passengers can enjoy views of the open savannah plains in the national park and also spot wildlife species in Serengeti national park.
These hot air balloon safari experiences start as early as 5:00 am and the capacities of the balloons vary.
Game drives in the vast Serengeti plains are also part of the safari experience which tourists get while in the national park. Watching as the predators such as lions and leopards hunt is also another highlight of the safaris in Serengeti national park. this activity can be carried out at different times of day such as in the morning, afternoon or evening.