Safari in the Serengeti

Safaris in the Serengeti of Tanzania

Up close and personal with the wildlife

photo: Creative Commons / Ikiwaner. A herd of African Bush Elephants

Where is the Serengeti?

Serengeti means “Endless Plains’ in the Maasai language. Serengeti is the oldest game reserve in Tanzania and is one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. It his hugely popular for the great wilderbeest migration, over 2 million wilderbeest and other herbivores migrate from Serengeti National park to Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The Serengeti also homes a vast species of predators on its grassy plains.It is the richest grazing ground for wildlife in all of Africa with its vast endless grassy plains. The Serengeti homes the largest herd of herbivores in the entire planet. Serengeti National park was originally created as a path for the great wildebeest migration.

photo: David Berkowitz/Creative Commons.

The Big 5 And Other Wildlife

The Serengeti homes a vast variety of wildlife of many different species. Among the wildlife in the Serengeti include the Big 5 which are The Lion, The Elephant, The Leopard, The Buffalo and The Rhinoceros. Other wildlife also present in the the serengeti include Cheetahs, hyenas, topi, hartebeest, eland, caracal, bat eared fox, serval, genet, hyraz, hares, jackal, giraffe, crocodiles, Mongoose, aardwolf, aardvark, monitor lizard, baboons, colobus monkey, over 500 species of birds among many other wildlife.

Photo by: Noel Feans, Creative Commons.

The Climate

Serengeti National park has normally a warm and dry climate. Its temperatures mostly range between 15 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius. There is usually a short rainy period/season which comes in between November and January. There is a long rainy season/period which usually comes in between march and may. During this period there is usually a heavy rain downpour which can last for half a day and sometimes even longer.

The Serengeti is a greatly enjoyable safari destination. It has amazing scenarios from the beautiful vast plains which are decorated with dotted acacia trees and magnificent views of the grazing herbivores. Serengeti also offers unforgettable hot air baloon rides which give a splendid view of the wildlife. Finally, the Serengeti is fantastic bird watching.