Serengeti National Park
With world-class lodging, amazing views of animal wildlife, and scenic bushlands, the Serengeti National Park is the idyllic spot for the nature enthusiast! There’s a reason why hundreds of thousands of people visit this spectacular ecosystem every year.
Serengeti, which means “endless plains” in the Maasai language, is one of the first places listed as a World Heritage Site in 1981. The Serengeti, one of the oldest and largest ecosystems in the world, is famed for its annual Great Migration, where two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, 100,000 buffaloes, 300,000 gazelles, and many other wild animals make their slow trek around the 12,000 square-mile area. Other types of creatures make their home in this region, including agama lizards and rock hyraxes, that reside in the granite rock kopjes. You’ll also find over 500 species of birds and beetles throughout the park.
Located in northern Tanzania and extending all the way to southwestern Kenya, the area is characterized by warm and dry climates, with only two breaks of rainy weather — from March to May, and from October and November.
Established in 1951, the area is divided into two major areas, woodlands and grasslands. There is an active volcano, the Ol Doinyo Lengai, that emits minerals and ash that help fertilize the plains and provide nutrients to creatures in the area.
There are many indigenous tribes that currently reside here, including the Kuria, Ikoma, and Sukoma people, all agro-pastoralists. Then there are the famous Maasai people, many who live on the eastern side of the area and demonstrate many traditional customs and habits to this day despite taking on some more modern agricultural practices. Many attribute the success of the ecosystem to the hard work of the Maasai people.
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