In Northern Tanzania lies the spectacular Serengeti National Park. The park’s 14,763 sq. km of rolling plains are covered by long and short savanna grasses and continue to serve as the home of over 35 species of plains mammals. Serengeti is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. It contains the most spectacular wildlife sight in the annual migration of the wildebeest from the north to the south. In May, huge herds of wildebeest, gazelles and zebra begin their spectacular migration. In their wake follow the predators, lion cheetah and wild dog with vultures circling overhead. Over 3 million animals coexist in the park, making it famous for its incredible variety of wildlife. Among its 35 species of plains animals, it is famous for the black-manned lion. All the “big five” – elephant, rhino, lion (about 1,500), leopard and buffalo. The park is famous for its 400 species of bird life, both migrant and resident.
The Serengeti in Masai means “endless plains” and is a perfect description of the terrain. The park is situated on a high plateau with elevations that range from 3,000 to 6,000 feet. It is considered to be the last of the great wildlife sanctuaries and draws visitors from all over the world who come to observe the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra. A spectacular sight that is driven by their search for food and water.
The following can be found in the Serengeti – wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe, hyena, wild dog, hippopotamus, ratel, buffalo, waterbuck, wart hog, hyrax, rhino, baboon, dik-dik, antelope, gazelle, topi, kongoni, bat eared fox and over 200 species of birds.