Chances are that you’ve had dreams of Africa, and when you did, you probably dream about the Serengeti. Countless wildlife movies have been recorded in the Serengeti, and with good reason: this is the home of the Great Migration and may very well be one of the last true natural wonders of planet earth.
Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopard, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabit an area spans over 12,000 square miles (30,000 square kilometers), according to NASA, giving rise to its name, which is derived from the Maasai language and means “endless plains.
Serengeti National Park located in northern Tanzania, is most famously known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
Serengeti National Park was one of the first sites listed as a World Heritage Site when United Nations delegates met in Stockholm in 1981. Already by the late 1950’s, this area had been recognized as a unique ecosystem, providing us with many insights into how the natural world functions and showing us how dynamic ecosystems really are. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have since been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists.
Even though animals still rule the plains of the Serengeti, this area has an incredibly long history of human occupation. Not only humans, but also human ancestors (Australopithecus afarensi) lived in this area for almost 4 million years. Today, Serengeti National Park is still home to several indigenous tribes. One of the most famous tribes is the Masai: this tribe is unique and popular due to their long-preserved culture. Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Masai people have clung to their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Tanzanian and Kenyan culture.
A head full of fresh safari memories needs a soft bed for the night. At the park, there is a wide range of places to stay in the Serengeti Ecosystem and all these accommodations are luxurious, Eco-friendly all meant to provide a true Serengeti experience. Some of these accommodations include; Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Lodge, Namiri Plains which is a remote camp, Dunia Camp and Lemala Ewanjan tented camp among others.
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