Experienced the thrill of Tanzania with an unforgettable safari in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates in the wild nature. Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, a world heritage site and proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. The Serengeti is also famed for its annual migration. Watch more photos from Serengeti and Ngororongo Crater on Travel Explorations` Facebook page - In the presence of the Big Five in Tanzania, Africa!
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The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration when more than 1,500,000 wildebeest follow some 200,000 zebra in a 2,000 km round pilgrimage in search of fresh grazing and water. The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. It is "The greatest wildlife show on earth" !
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. 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.
Serengeti is one of sixteen parks in Tanzania offering a lot more than game drives to view the spectacular wildlife! The sixteen parks managed by Tanzania National Parks offer a lot more than game drives to view the spectacular wildlife! Bird Watching, Boat Trips, Canoeing Safaris, Chimpanzee Tracking, Fishing, Hiking, Hot Air Ballooning, Mountain Biking, Mountain Climbing, Swimming, Snorkelling and Walking Safaris are among just some of the activities available to visitors.
Stein Morten Lund, 22nd February 2015
Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).
Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza.
Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.
What to do
Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators. Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.
Visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron's flamingos.
When to go
To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.
For more detailed information, see the the website for Tanzania National Parks.
Read about trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on our website:
Moonshine trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro
Suddenly I met the "wall". I gasped desperately for air, and had to sit down by the hillside. I took a couple of deep breaths. After a while I struggled up on my feet again. I could barely walk any further. I followed the strong moonshine that illuminated the mountain in the darkness. In a more or less conscious condition I approached the top very slowly. But would my efforts be enough in this height and steep terrain?
The name Kilimanjaro itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don't even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.