Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park famous known as Serengeti plains which covers 14, 763 sq km, is Tanzania’s most famous game park and is continuous with the Masai Mara Game Reserve in neighbouring Kenya. Here you can get a glimpse of what a lot of East Africa must have looked like.
On the seemingly endless and almost treeless plains of Serengeti are literally millions of hooded animals. They are constantly on the move in search of pasture and are watched and pursued by the predators which feed off them. It is one of the most incredible sights you will ever see and the numbers are simply mind-boggling.
Serengeti Wildebeest Migration
Nowhere else will you see wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and antelope in such concentrations. The wildebeest, of which there are up to two million, is the chief herbivore of the Serengeti and also the main prey of the large carnivores such as lions and hyenas.
The wildebeest are well known for the annual migration which they undertake- a trek with many hazards, not least of which is the crossing of large rivers, which can leave hundreds drowned, maimed or taken by a crocodile.
During the rainy season, the herds are widely scattered over the eastern section of the Serengeti and Masai Mara in the north. These areas have few large rivers and streams and quickly dry out when the rain ceases.
When that happens the wildebeest concentrate on the few remaining green areas and gradually from huge herds which move off west in search of better pasture.
At about the time the migration starts, the annual rut also begins. For a few days at a time while the herds’ pause, bulls establish territories, which they defend against rivals, and try to assemble as many females as they can with which they mate. As soon as the migration resumes, the female herds merge again.
The dry season is spent in the western parts of Serengeti, at the end of which the herds move back east in anticipation of the rains. Calving begins at the start of the rainy season, but if it arrives late, up to 80% of the new calves may die from lack of food.
Serengeti is also famous for its lions, many of which have collars fitted with transmitters so that their movements can be studied and their location is known.
It is also famous for cheetahs and remarkably large herds of giraffe. You need to bring a pair of binoculars with you to this park, as the distances are so great you will probably miss out on a lot of the action unless it occurs close to the road.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris
Serengeti National park is also one of the parks in Tanzanian where you can take a hot air balloon flight organised by the balloon specialist and this can be booked at and arranged with Miracle Experience.
Viewing a game park from the vantage point of a hot-air balloon is a magnificent experience which you won’t ever forget. The experience floating silently above the plains with a 360-degree view of everything beneath you, without safari jeep/vehicles competing for the photo opportunity, is incomparable. It is definitely worth saving up for!
The flights typically set off at dawn and go for about 1 and a half hours after which they put down and you tuck into a champagne breakfast. After that, you will be taken on a game drive in a support vehicle and returned to your lodge. At present, these flights are available in Serengeti Ndutu in the south, Serengeti Seronera in the central and Serengeti Kogatende in the north part of the park and they depart daily.
Ballon safaris in the game park are an absolutely superb way of seeing the savannah plains and of course the animals but without the intrusion of vehicles and dozens of other tourist doing the same thing. Contact us today and we can assist you to book your best balloon safari over the Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro to Serengeti Route
The main route from Ngorongoro to Seronera village is a well-maintained gravel road with sandy and the occasional Skopje to one side or the other. A 3 hours drive and 160km drive you will see plenty of Maasai herding cattle from Ngorongoro as far as the Olduvai Gorge.
The animals are also very easy to see, as the Serengeti is substantially flat grassland with bushes and trees only in clumps, particularly along river banks.
This park is rich in wildlife and probably the best safari destination in the world.