Serengeti National Park is the oldest and the most famous park in Tanzania. It is a world heritage site and has recently been proclaimed as the seventh wonder of the world. It is famous for its annual migration of the wildebeest, zebras and Thomson gazelle in search for a fresh land to graze. There are variety of wildlife, pools of hippos and rivers flooded with crocodile. It is arguably the best park for game viewing in Africa.
The park is greatly known for the big five and Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. There are also Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
The park usually floods with tourist to view the famous great migration, when an estimated two million herbivores – mostly wildebeest – migrate from the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Hundreds of thousands of animals die along the way and the drama of this epic seasonal journey is a gripping, deeply moving experience and a wonderful photographic subject.
But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
There are many fun and great activities like hot air balloons, walking safaris, and picnicking, game drives, bush lunch or dinners can be arranged by the respective hotels, Maasai rock painting and musical rock. There is also fantastic bird watching, and its vast grassy plains and dotted by beautiful acacia trees. There is also a chance to visit the neighboring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron’s flamingos.
Tourists can get there through scheduled charter from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza. The accommodation in the park is easily accessible and it includes four lodges, six luxury tented camps and camp sites scattered through the park; one new lodge will be opened next season (Bilila Lodge); one luxury camp, a lodge and two tented camps just outside.