The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous parks in the world. Chose as perfect location for hundreds of documentaries, it is Tanzania’s flagship, the prime example of what this extraordinary country can offer in terms of wild nature. It is 335 km far from Arusha and the natural border with Kenya.
Its surface covers 14,763 km2and it is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It is not only home to countless species of flora and fauna, but also the last place on earth experiencing the Great Migration of billion ungulates that migrate from the Serengeti to the Marai Mara in Kenya, seeking water and grazing during the respective dry seasons.
Serengeti comes from the Maa word siringet, the language spoken by Masaai people, and it stands for ‘endless plain’ to underline its extremely large area.
The Serengeti boasts a great variety of mammals, more than 300 species of plants and 500 species of birds.
The park is traditionally divided into 4 regions: the North, Seronera Valley, Western Corridor and the South… the two rivers that cross it are the Grumeti and the Mara river, both witnesses of the Migration.
Among the most frequent plants we cannot mention the yellow acacias, the Acacia tortilis, known as umbrella thorn acacia or Israeli babool, and the Kigelia, commonly named sausage trees or cucumber trees.
here are any amount of lion and cheetah, but black rhino sightings are quite rare: where they can be generally seen, there is a small museum, the Moru Museum, entirely dedicated to this species already almost completely extinct.
Very appreciated, even if rather expensive, the hot balloon safaris let you visit the park starting from different areas of the park. Launching one hour to dawn to float over the plains at a height of 1,000 meters, you will fly lower almost on the top of trees offering a unique perspective of animals. The trip ends with a special breakfast prepared under the shade of an acacia.
Serengeti hides another scenery: some areas are dotted with Kopjes, huge granite outcrops smoothed by the weather. The most favourite place of lions, which sit there to take a break from hunting; for this reason, they are called Simba Kopjes: simba means lionin the Swahili language.
At the Seronera Visitor Centre you can collect information about the flora and fauna of the place.