Serengeti National park is a UNESCO world heritage site and also home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world –the wildebeest migration. It is one the most amazing parks in the world with great game drives not to forget the annual wildebeest migration. the endless plains punctuated with bristly acacia trees, the Serengeti kopjes, hippo and crocodile-laden rivers, and a verdant landscape that is home to the African Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants) and more than 475 bird species–it’s truly a wildlife haven. There is a lot to do while you are in Serengeti below are the top things to do.
While in Serengeti, the most obvious thing to do is a game drive on the many tracks. It is the best way to get up-close with the big five of the park in harmony with scores of other animals and enjoy the magic of the plains. However it is important to know what your priorities are in terms of what you want to see as no part of the park is the same yet it is a big place. A good tour operator and guide can come in handy to help you narrow down on the choices.
Although underwhelming for most visitors, the Visitors’ centers is a very resourceful place. It features a walking path for self-guided walks where exhibits and detailed signs educate visitors on Serengeti history, its wildlife, and the ecosystem. Chances are you could also spot some wildlife. The center also offers a really good picnic area with tables with thatch umbrellas for shade, washrooms, and a gift and coffee shop at the Park headquarters.
The Masai people, who inhabit the Great Rift Valley along northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, are some of the very few cultures that are still intact and have a long history with the Serengeti plains and ecosystem. They are popular for their devotion to their traditional practices including the vibrant outstanding attire. Theses semi normads have opened their villages up for visitors to share their warmth, food and culture dance and music, and all their lifestyle practices. After the visit you can by a few artifacts from them the most popular are the colorful beaded shoes, and scarf
The vast variety of wildlife in this park make it suitable for a night game drive as there are a number of nocturnal species. The night is a perfect time to catch up with animals like the aardvarks, civets, bush babies, nightjars and if you are lucky maybe even some hunting predators. There are also hyena, jackals, impala, giraffes, foxes, and zebra.
The Miniature Mountains that dot the Serengeti also known as the kopjes dot 5h Serengeti are a popular attraction. So how about visiting them while you are in Serengeti National park. The Bushes, trees, and vines that rise out of these interesting, rock formations provide small pools of water, shade, and a necessary vantage point for hunters like cheetahs, lions, and leopards. The Moru kopjes are the most popular and most often visited kopjes, some are adorned with paintings created by cattle herding Masai. The kopjes are a perfect place to see the black rhinos that are fairly scarce.
The Olduvai gorge in Serengeti National Park are the where the oldest remains were found by Dr Louis leaky. This is an important place for the evolution of humanity and it is a good idea to visit it on your trip to Serengeti National park.
A safari to the Serengeti cannot be complete without a balloon safari especially if you can afford it and access it. It provides the best views especially for the wildebeest migration alongside the spectacular aerial view of Serengeti National Park.
The wildebeest migration is something you should definitely experience it is a once in a life time opportunity to watch over 1 million wildebeests alongside other animals, cross from Serengeti to the Masai Mara national park extension in search of sufficient water and grass.
The Grumeti river is a perfect place to visit if you are in the Serengeti but this depend on what tie of the year. You could experience one of the nature’s greatest survival stories as countless beasts try to escape the hungry gaping crocodiles that infest this place and await to make a meal of the animals.