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Serengeti National Park Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes.

It is best known for its huge herds of plains animals (especially the wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, topi, kongoni, impala, Grant’s gazelle ), and it is the only place in Africa where vast land-animal migrations still take place. The park, an international tourist attraction, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Serengeti is a huge national park so Xavier safaris recommends a minimum of four days stay in order to properly explore it and find the wildlife. Being so large, you do need to spend time driving around looking for the Big Five, which takes time. In four days, you’ll experience different weather and a variety of safari experiences.

A herd of Elephants at Serengeti national Park Tanzania Africa  Aherd of wildebeest at Serengeti national Park Tanzania Africa

 Birds of Serengeti National Park Tanzania Africa

The Serengeti National Park, although associated with endless plains, is in fact an ecologically varied area. The western portion of the Serengeti comprises savannah, scattered with impervious stands of whistling thorns and other vachellia (also known as acacias or thorn tress). A ribbon of riverine forest can be found along the Grumeti River. The northern portion of the Serengeti, next to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, is home to rolling hills, particularly around Lobo, and supports a variety of woodlands. So, while the Serengeti plains in the park’s southeast support relatively few bird species you associate with grasslands, the national park ranks amongst the best in terms of bird species variety. Birds are one of the most diverse life forms on earth and fill a wide variety of ecological roles: they act as herbivores, insectivores, predators and scavengers.

More than 500 bird species have been recorded in Serengeti National Park, making this an excelling destination for avid birders. Besides some iconic species, such as the Kori bustard, and African Fish Eagle, you may even be able to spot our ‘Serengeti specials’. These special birds are endemic to the region.

Kori bustard at Serengeti National Park Tanzania Africa African fish eagle at Serengeti National park Tanzania Africa

A pair of gray crowned-cranes at Serengeti National Park Tanzania Africa  A pair of black-faced sand grouse at Serengeti National Park Tanzania Africa

 

The Mara River in Serengeti national Park Tanzania Africa

The Mara River is one of the Serengeti national park rivers, found in the Northern part bordering Masai Mara national Reserve and Serengeti national park

 

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