If you are residing in Africa or visiting from abroad, and are interested in safaris, then the Serengeti is the place to be. This Reserve has the largest concentration of all sorts of wildlife in the world. The area stretches from the north-west of Tanzania and into the south-western part of Kenya. The Serengeti Reserve has also been declared as one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The wildlife that can be viewed includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah and leopard amongst the larger animals. Then you can also view zebra, giraffe, gazelle, eland, kudu, hartebeest, and impala caracal, serval, jackal, fox, wild dogs, mongoose and genet of the smaller animals. Other species you can view include crocodiles, hedgehogs, shrews, agama lizards, snakes and dung beetles.
The birdlife also boasts more than 500 bird species where you can see kingfisher, fish eagle, lammergeyer, bustard, ostrich, weaver, goliath heron, hammerkop, flamingo, crane, stork, secretary bird and pelican. What makes the Serengeti very interesting is you can view a large variety of species in their natural environment throughout the year.
What sets Serengeti apart from many other nature reserves is the “Great Migration”. This event takes place when the Serengeti experiences its dry season and the wildlife migrates into Kenya for food and water. The migration starts in May and they all return before December. This migration includes 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 350,000 gazelles. All the wildlife involved has to cross the Mara River where the crocodiles enjoy Christmas in May.
Not only is the wildlife amazing but the scenery is out of this world. Views include grasslands, kopjes, forests, swamps and woodlands.
There are many Serengeti Safaris available which range from 5 days to 56 day tours. All these tours provide for different needs of the tourist such as destinations, budgets and interests. Below is the itinerary for one of our top African budget safaris in Tanzania: