Serengeti National Park

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Distance: 335 kms away from Arusha town. It is in Mara region, and small part is in Arusha region.

BRIEF INFORMATION:

Was first protected in 1921. Established as a National Park in 1951, having an area of 14,760 sq kms. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word “Siringet” which means “an extended area” Apart from Selous, this park is the largest of all the parks in Tanzania.

ATTRACTIONS:

Wildebeest migration:This is the most spectacular and world famous sight. Best time is form December to May in the south of the park and from June to October to west (western corridor) and to the north. Balloon safari for Game viewing and observing wildebeest migration, two side trips; Lake Natron to the north, at the foot of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano (2 to 3 days roundtrip) with the possibility of undertaking and visiting Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, to the west (2 to 3 days round trip). Visiting Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute to observe wildlife research and treatment of sick animals.

WILDLIFE:

The big cats on the Kopjes which dominate the plains, hundreds of crocodiles in the Grumeti River hunting for 1,500,000 wildebeest migration crossing the river to Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Other animals include elephants, hyenas, zebras, buffalo, eland, hippo, dik dik, impala, giraffe, gazelles, and many others.

ACCOMMODATION:

Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Sopa Lodge, Serena Lodge, Lake Lagaja Lodge, Grumeti River Lodge, Klein’s Camp, Kirawira Camp western Serengeti. There is airstrip.

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