Serengeti National Park : Facts, Features and More

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Serengeti National Park is the oldest and most famous national park in Tanzania, and possibly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Its vast plains are home to predator and prey, vying for grasslands and the last watering holes as the dry season progresses. Between December and May, millions of mammals migrate across the plains, and the interaction between species is awesomely entertaining.

Serengeti National Park : Facts, Features and More
Features

Size: 
14,763 sq km (5,700 sq mi).

 

335km (208 mi) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.

 

Getting to: 
A six hour drive, or one hour flight, from Arusha. There are also flights from Lake Manyara and Mwanza.

 

Best time to visit: 
To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

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Why should you visit?

Over three million large mammals of 35 different species undertake the great migration, however, Serengeti National Park is best known for the wildebeest migration, during which over a million wildebeest make the annual trip across the plains, trekking up to 1,000km across harsh terrains and environments to experience a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves a day.

The black rhino is also a leading feature of the Serengeti, but visitors should be aware of Tanzania’s unfortunate experience with poaching.

Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboons, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, serval, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, vervet monkeys and some 20 types of antelope including eland, hartebeest or kongoni, impala, kudu, reedbuck, roan, topi, waterbuck and the much smaller dik dik, duiker, klipspringer and oribi.

There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species of birds can be found including, bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

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