The name Serengeti comes from the Masai word Siringet, that means “endless plain”.
Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous and beautiful parks in the world, forms, together with both Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Masai Mara (Kenya) areas, a unique ecosystem crossed throughout the year by the migratory phenomena (the Great Migration) that follow the seasons. The Serengeti, to the east, is also the gateway to Lake Natron. A journey of about 11 hours from the center of the Serengeti.
The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
Serengeti: what to expect on a Safari
The presence of volcanic rocks in the subsoil makes difficult the growth of tall trees in the plain. You can enjoy an open environment in which it is easier to spot animals compared to other African parks.
The fauna in the park is incredible. Here you can meet, in addition to the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos and buffaloes), all the other animals such as cheetahs, hippos, gazelles, giraffes, antelopes and crocodiles. Moreover, wildebeests and zebras can also be spotted easily , as they are most involved in migration. In addition, for bird watchers, it is possible to spot over 100 different species of birds.
Serengeti: when to visit it
All year round, as for the Ngorongoro Crater. Each season always offers much to see in the “endless plain” even if you decide to avoid following the great migration.
Unlike the Ngorongoro crater in which one day is enough to visit the park, to visiting the Serengeti National Park we suggest to consider at least 2 nights. Moreover, in order to be totally absorbed by this incredible experience and immersed in the nature, we think that the best choice is to sleep in the tented camps; the sounds of the savannah during the night as well as the view of both sunrise and sunset are magical.
Furthermore, relaxing after a day of safari, in front of the burning fire, looking at the starry sky is an unbelievable experience.
One activity that we recommend to do is the balloon safari. A different point of view on the savannah and the opportunity to photograph animals from above. It is an expensive experience, but also one of the most beautiful and exciting activity you could do in your life.