Africa Untamed Wilderness Adventures

  • Altitude 5020 ft
  • Area 14,763 sq kms
  • Distance from Arusha 335kms (to Serengeti)

Serengeti is Tanzania's first national park and the largest. Serengeti has also been declared a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its uniqueness as the last stronghold of the great migration. The name Serengeti is derived from the Masai word "Siringet", meaning "endless plains" It contains an estimated 3 million large animals, most of whom take part in a seasonal migration that is unparalleled in nature. Twice a year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands.

The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, and area that also takes in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve to the west. Within this 25,900 sq km (10,000 sq miles) of varied landscape live thirty – five species of plains animals and 500 species of birds.

The park is made up of several different vegetational zones; In the dry south are short and long grass plains, in the centre lies the acacia savannah, in the Western corridor we have wooded highlands and pans of black cotton soil, to the north is the wooded grasslands concentrated along the water sources and tributaries of the Grumeti and Mara rivers.