Serengeti

Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles)


The Serengeti National Park is in the Serengeti ecosystem in Mara Region. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded (brindled) wildebeest (bearded gnu) and 250,000 zebra, and for its numerous Nile crocodile.


The park is Tanzania's oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country's tourism industry, providing a major draw to the Northern Safari Circuit, which encompasses Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


The park consists of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve.


The Serengeti plains region of the park has endless, almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals - zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck - also occur in huge numbers during the wet season.


Wildlife

In addition to the Big Five, the park also supports many other species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, and giraffe.


The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds, and many species of vultures.