The Wonders of Serengeti National Park

by apenz

In terms of wildlife diversity and abundance, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is unrivaled in Africa and even the world. Millions of herbivores like wildebeest, gazelle and zebra migrate every year back and forth between the Serengeti bush and the Great Rift Valley. It is also one of the few parks where one can observe all of the ‘Big Five’ animals: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Apart from its incredible diversity, Serengeti also benefits from exceptional natural setting. The vast plains of Serengeti are bordered by Lake Victoria, Lake Eyasi and the volcanic range along the Great Rift Valley, a huge territory where man didn’t interfere for millennia. The wonders of Serengeti National Park can be roughly fitted into three categories:

The wildebeest migration

by David Berkowitz

The animal migration is the number one attraction in Serengeti – a natural representation of epic proportions. It’s not only the numbers that impress when it comes to the wildebeest migration: but also the tough, unmerciful fight for survival. There are millions of herbivores moving from place to place in search for water and food, but along their trip they are fiercely decimated by the great predators of the savanna: lions, hyena, leopards, and crocodiles. Engaged in the everyday fight for survival you’ll also watch hypos, buffalo, giraffes, elephant, impala, jackals and even ostrich.

Ol Donyon Lenegai

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This melodic phrase in the Maasai language stands for the ‘Mountain of Gods’. The volcano is unique in the world due to the chemical composition of its lava. The considerable concentration of carbon makes it very fluid and less hot than the usual lava. The volcano is very active and the source of numerous earthquakes in the area. Its eruptions are very spectacular, spraying gasses and volcanic ash which rapidly cools off and transforms into a light grey powder, covering the top of the mountain just like snow.

Ngorongoro

by nat friedeman

Volcanic activity also gave birth to Ngorongoro carter, whose steep and perfectly preserved rims protect an incredible biodiversity. Ngorongoro conservation area comprises mainly the same species of animals like Serengeti, with the exception that they are all crowded in a relatively small surface, which makes widelife safaris much more exciting.
Another characteristic of Ngorongoro is its millennial history of human settlement. As far as the numerous archeologists searching the area could establish, hominid species have inhabited the area approximately 3 million years ago. Today, Maasai people also inhabit some areas of the park.

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