What is special about Serengeti National Park?
What is special about Serengeti National Park? Serengeti national park is a wildlife viewing destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania. This destination is visited all throughout the year by tourists and is famous for the annual wildebeest migration.
There is a variety of wildlife species that can be seen during a safari around Serengeti. The wildlife species are among the special things which can be seen while on a safari in Serengeti national park.
During a safari in Serengeti, the big 5 are among the wildlife species which can be seen at the destination such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and rhinos. Other wildlife species can also be seen in the national park and they include zebras, cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks, hartebeests, antelopes and many others.
Another special thing about Serengeti is its open savannah plains, acacia woodlands, kopjes which make up the beautiful landscape at the destination. This national park covers about 14750 square kilometers where different wildlife and bird species and attractions can be seen.
The Serengeti ecosystem is also something to look forward to while on a safari around the park which is the oldest national park in Tanzania. Its ecosystem extends up to the south western part of Kenya where Masai Mara national reserve is located.
The annual wildebeest migration which is the biggest migration and a natural wonder in the world involves movement of over 2 million wildebeests as well as gazelles and zebras across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
Serengeti national park is made up of different parts such as central Serengeti or Seronera area, the western Serengeti, northern Serengeti and the southern Serengeti. Some of these parts of the national park are popular during safaris while others are remote with fewer tourists.
The central part of Serengeti or Seronera area is popular during safaris and is home to big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Many other wildlife species can also be seen around the national park.
During safaris in the western part of Serengeti, tourists can enjoy seeing attractions like the Grumeti river which is a major attraction at this part of the national park where the river crossings during the wildebeest migration can be spotted.
The northern part of Serengeti is a remote part of the national park where wildlife species such as lions, cheetahs and leopards can be seen and many other wildlife and bird species.
Serengeti national park is also part of the northern tourist circuit which also consists of Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and the Ngorongoro conservation area which are some of the wildlife viewing destinations in Tanzania.
Attractions in Serengeti national park
The different attractions of the park are of a variety and they include the following;
Seronera river valley
Seronera river valley is found in the central part of Serengeti national park is home to numerous wildlife species including the lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, impalas, topi, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, gazelles, elephants among others.
The Seronera river is also found in this part of the national park and can be seen during safaris in the national park.
Many hippos can be seen during a safari around the central part of Serengeti in a pool which is formed where Seronera river meets Orangi river. There is also a parking lot, restrooms as well as a picnic place near the hippo pool.
Activities in Serengeti national park
The different activities which are carried out in Serengeti while on safari are also part of the experiences which make the safaris to this destination special and they include the following;
Game drives which tourists engage in during their safaris in Serengeti national park are among the highlights of the safaris at this destination. These game drives take place at different times of day such as in the morning, in the afternoon or evening.
Wildlife viewing in the park can be carried out at different times of the year as tourists enjoy exploring its open savannah plains looking out for wildlife species. the dry season from June to October is recommended when wildlife species can be seen around water points in the national park.
Guided nature walks
Guided nature walks are also carried out during a safari in Serengeti and they give the tourists a close encounter with their natural surroundings as they explore the savannah plains in the national park and look out for different wildlife species.
Hot air balloon safaris
Hot air balloon safaris are a unique experience of taking in the breathtaking scenery of Serengeti national park over the savannah plains where wildlife species such as elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and many others can also be spotted.
This activity takes up to about 1 hour and starts as early as 5:00 am in the morning in the Serengeti national park. The hot air balloon safari experience costs about 600 USD and after the experience the passengers share breakfast and drinks.
Bird watching is another unique experience which takes place during a safari in Serengeti national park which is home to numerous bird species which include over 500 bird species such as ostriches, rufous tailed weavers, starlings, secretary birds among others.
Cultural safaris also take place during safaris in Serengeti and during the activity tourists interact with the locals (Maasai people) who are known for their nomadic way of life and for their traditions. They also have local art and crafts like beaded jewelry such as necklaces and earrings.
The Maasai also entertain tourists during their safaris by performing their traditional dances and chanting traditional songs. The Maasai live in the neighboring villages of the park in the northern part of Tanzania.
The various unique safari experiences in Serengeti make it special to the different visitors who go to the destination to engage in wildlife viewing activities and explore the various attractions.