Serengeti National Park is not famous for just any reason. The UNESCO Heritage site was recently recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the world where, aside from rhino, essentially all of Africa’s big game animals are commonly seen by safari.
The Serengeti is vast and beautiful: one of Africa’s most captivating safari areas. The sheer amount of game here is amazing with estimates of up to two million wildebeest, half a million zebra, hundreds of thousands of Thompson’s gazelle, and tens of thousands of impala, Grant’s gazelle, topi (tsessebe), hartebeest, eland and other antelope – all hunted by the predators for which these plains are famous.
Commonly split into three distinct regions the Serengeti consists of the Plains, the Western Corridor, and the North. In the Serengeti Plains, grassland dominates the landscape providing the postcard picture commonly thought of when “Serengeti” is mentioned. Between December and May, the gigantic herds of wildebeest graze the plains along with zebra, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, and other hooved animals. The plains are gifted with granite rocks called Kopjes that predators use as observation posts and also host pythons and hyrax.
In contrast, black clay soil gives rise to swamp savannah land in the Western Corridor. Giant Nile Crocodiles can be found here stalking the Grumetic River under the watchful eye of martial eagles and hippos.
Open woodlands set the scene for the Northern Serengeti region where green hills are locked in by the Seronera to the South and the Mara River to the North. This bushy savannah land is the best place to find elephant, giraffe, and dik-dik but is also home to migratory wildebeest between July and August.
The great wildebeest migration is by far the most stunning attraction at Serengeti National Park when over one million of the giant animals pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join their trek for fresh grazing. This is one fo the most unforgettable experiences of the entire safari circuit as is the Serengeti National Park in its entirety.