Serengeti National Park


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Endless plains...endless predators

Written on: August 30, 2013   |   I visited in July 2012 On television nobody even attempts to make the Serengeti look believable; aerial shots of a million wildebeest, a hyena that sounds like Whoopi Goldberg, lions attacking elephants. Meaning “endless plains” in local Swahili, the Serengeti is a freak of nature. Nowhere else in the world does the grass grow so quickly and abundantly says my guide. Even at the entrance gate it doesn't seem real, three belligerent baboons jumping through our truck window, ransacking our food and stealing my two packs of BBQ Pringles.

Once through the gate it begins. Every angle, forever, and ever, ever and ever. Grass. Thousands of zebra eating the grass, seemingly millions of Thompson's gazelle skipping in the grass, herds of wildebeest nervous amongst the grass, and immediately a herd of lions hunting. Four lionesses take carful steps towards potential prey but it seems like a half-hearted chase, these lions look well fed and healthy.

While the famous wildebeest migration continues all year, it is most accessible between January and March when they congregate closest to what most people's entry point to the park will be – the south east corner. Wildebeest bring predators and I lose count over the number of lion packs we come across, often coming to within touching distance of these great predators.

The Serengeti is a long initial drive from Arusha, so once you're there it's worth spending at least two days and nights. The budget camps are primitive, but there is a real thrill associated with sleeping in the same area you've witnessed prowling lions. Under the veil of sunrise we see a leopard on the move, slowly stalking gazelle and dipping its neck with cold precision. Unfortunately safari rangers are on the radio and within moments fifteen trucks have descended on the action and the gazelle sense something isn't right. There seems to be a competition between people on the trucks; who can see the most and most authentic scenes. However, there is a special serenity to the Serengeti. Moving away from the crowded south eastern corner there is less animals but a greater chance to appreciate the sheer beauty of the landscape.

I loved stopping in the middle of nowhere and watching the animal world go by; giraffes passing, lone animals getting suspicious, and lions sleeping under a tree. While the Serengeti is extremely expensive, the cost can be justified by the bounty of its landscape. It's not a park where you get quick glimpses or hurried sightings. Nowhere else are predators so abundant, and nothing can compare to the sight of seeing herds numbering thousands. This is a once in a lifetime experience, and even when I look back at my own photos it still doesn't seem real.
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 22, 2016   |   Visited: Sep 2016.
My first time to Africa (Kenya/Tanzania) was an amazing experience. Because of the careful thorough planning of Maasai Wanderings to every detail, everything went smoothly from start to finish. Each camp was luxurious, (Kaskaz, Naona Maru, Plantation Lodge and Nimali). The food scrumptious! The service and ALL the staff at each camp were pleasant, helpful and an ab... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 20, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
It is such a nice place to visit all year round. The only place to witness the annual wildebeest migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. Sometimes it is being referred to as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth', the Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 2 million wildebeest throughout t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 17, 2016   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
I've been in safari for almost five times but I see the Serengeti as marvelous and magic destination in the world for wildlife and game drives. When you're in Serengeti, you will see all animals. Between July to August last year we had been in Northern Serengeti where the migration was, and we saw wildebeest, zebra, topi, Hartebeest, eland, antelope, hyena, varieti... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
Probably one of our favorite destinations in Africa. In one word, perfection! The entire Serengeti experience blew us away and always does, from start to finish. Everything from the landing strip when we arrived to amazing wildlife we were able to see.

If you are able, make sure you visit the Serengeti during The Great Migration. This is a natural world wonder t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 01, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
We really had a wonderful safari to Serengeti. We enjoyed all the incredible animals, getting to see the big five plus numerous others. Everything, including the wonderful Serena hotels & Sopa Lodges and knowledgeable drivers with excellent driving skills, met our expectations. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 15, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
We had been in Serengeti for 5 days and 4 nights with the different groups of clients from America, Europe, Asia and Australia, in five days we able to see the best endless plains national park in the world

When you're in the Serengeti you will see great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongon... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 19, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
The father and son Grzimek made this film. Still you sometimes see it on tv. And please let it never die. I can only say this trip is so exiting, more and more that I ever expect. My guide knows on my many questions answers or show it to me. Tomorrow I am going on a hot air balloon ride.
This is my first trip to the Serengeti but not my last! read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
Serengeti, means endless plains and it is, but there's so much to see. There's the wildlife, the kopjes. This year, 2015, we saw so many lions, zebra, elephants, cheetahs, buffalo, giraffe, and three times we saw a leopard.
I learned how to find a leopard in the tree. Look if you see anything in the tree that is strange and yes there is a leg that makes the tree ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 21, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Many people do not know that in the Serengeti, there are more than 100 diverse varieties of dung beetle. Nearby are similarly 500+ bird types, comparable giant ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the exposed savannah, to the black eagles which make the park to be amongst the greatest and glowing acknowledged since of its ordinary of landless, diversities of flo... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 18, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
I was so lucky to be able to finally get to Tanzania. I've done much of southern Africa and have wanted to see this park for some time. I went in early June, which I found to be a particularly good time: it was just after the rainy season but before the next high season. Loved how green it was and seeing the wildebeest in rut. I am a vegetarian and was pleased with... read more
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