Serengeti National Park occupies 14,763 square kilometers; 15% of the total land mass of Tanzania.
The Serengeti is the oldest and most popular National Park in both Tanzania and East Africa. In
1959, the Maasai residents of the park were moved to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; this move
was to give the wildlife in the park freedom to roam and grow. The Serengeti provides the flagship
of the country’s tourism industry, providing a major draw to the Northern Safari Circuit,
encompassing Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park and the
Ngroongoro Conservation Area.
The most famous feature of the Park is the annual Wildebeest Migration; some 1.5 million
Wildebeest, in a 40 kilometer long column plunge through crocodile-infested waters in the act of
repleneshing the specie; over 8,000 calves daily are produced before the 1,000 kilometer pilgrimage
begins again. Accompanying the Wildebeest on this exodus from the Serengeti to the Kenyan
Maasai Mara, are 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s Gazelle, in their common search for fresh
As if this was not enough of a draw, the Serengeti is also the most scintillating game-viewing
location in Africa. Great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, as well as thousands upon thousands
of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle, live within its boundaries. The predator cats are
also in huge numbers; leopards, cheetahs, and Lions are easily spotted. The ecosystem is also
home to lizards, hyraxes, over 100 varieties of dung beetle, plus 500-plus bird species. Despite its
popularity, one can go on a Game Drive and never spot another human for many hours; the part is
There are dozens of upscale resorts within the Serengeti, plus numerous alternatives such as
campsites for the budget travelers.
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