The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was founded in 1952. It is the homage to the great wildlife sights such as the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The park is also populated by wild animals like lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds which are of wide variety. There’s a number of choices when it comes to accommodation, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park is as big as 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), which is even larger than the whole of Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles allowed to roam around. (photos by Shujaa_777)
Savanna plain with acacia trees against sky background. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Two Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) stand in profile near acacia tree in savanna against distant mountain and cloudy sky background.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) in profile stands in savanna against acacia tree background
Zebras flirt on savanna plain. Serengeti National Park, Great Rift Valley, Tanzania, Africa.
African male ostrich (Struthio camelus) goes on savanna plain. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Lion cub stands in grass. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Three Egyptian Gooses (Alopochen aegyptiacus) nibble grass. Serengeti National Park, Great Rift Valley, Tanzania, Africa.
Adult elephant stands before huge field stone in savanna against cloudy sky background. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Elephant herd with calf go on savanna against cloudy sky background.
Huge field stone in savanna against cloudy sky background. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Safari campsite (camp-lodge) in savanna against blue sky background.
Tourist luggage and car in safari campsite (camp-lodge) in savanna.
Maasai village with dry dung cabins. Serengeti National park, Tanzania, Africa.
Central part of Maasai village with colorful handmade traditional souvenirs hanging on paling. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Small Maasai stockade village school sink to one side under thatched roof on flat meadow. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Numerous Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) bathe in river with stony bank.
Pink and blue agama lizard sits on brown stone.
Lion cubs lie in cleft between stones in shade
View on lake in back lit at dawn. Serengeti National Park, Great Rift Valley, Tanzania.
Panoramic view on savanna plain with acacia trees in back lit of bright Sun behind storm cloud at sunset. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Vanishing dirty road in savanna against mountain and cloudy sky background. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Panoramic view on plain savanna of Serengeti National Park from hill top.
A Safari in the Serengeti National Park
By Tom V Powell
Many people who have travelled to Tanzania and took a safari through the legendary Serengeti National Park seem to have a lot of praise for the park, but nobody ever seems to remember every animal they saw whilst there (as there are so many different ones, its great!), luckily I brought my camera and got some snaps of each animal we encountered, here are my wildlife spotting highlights!
The very first animal we saw upon entry to the park was a dominant female lion… asleep in a tree! We knew this was the female leader of the pack, as it had a collar on – our guide told us every pack leader was given one of these collars so that the lions could be observed easier for research. It sure was a buzz for the very first animal sighting of the Serengeti to be a lion! Many people spend a whole day or longer looking for one of these great large cats, but we had saw one almost instantaneously!
Our driver then proceeded to drive until we came to a large round-a-bout which had a large mountainous like rock as a centrepiece which was covered in foliage. Instantly, we noticed that the island was surrounded by a huge herd of elephants, featuring a baby and juvenile as well as a huge bull! We watched with burst of nervousness and excitement flowing between us as our close distance to the giant creatures allowed us to get a great look at how they ate and looked after their young.
The next spotting was of 3 giraffe which were picking leaves off nearby trees, as soon as we pulled up alongside them, they gave us a look and then disappeared into the bush.
We also saw some large herds that were mixed with zebra and wildebeest. I think these 2 types of animals gather together as a ‘safety in numbers kind of measure.
A few minutes down the road, we spotted a hyena running in the distance, the shape of its humped back and dragging motion made it easy to determine what it was. We were told that these hyenas sometimes go off alone in search of food rather than in a pack, however if they come across a hyena den which isn’t their own, they are in great danger.
We stopped off for lunch at the ‘hippo pool’, and hippos there was! And crocodiles! We watched their heads appear and then disappear as they surfaced to take breaths, and then continued our journey.
Along the way, we saw hartebeest, topi, warthog, thompson’s gazelle, baboons, impala, reedbuck and more lions and hyena.
If you are interested in taking a Tanzania safari around the greatest National Parks and Game Reserves in the country, then get in touch with Ziara Safaris – the renowned and reliable East African tour expert. Ziara can include a Serengeti safari within your personalised itinerary package to ensure that you see and do what you intended to.