Serengeti National Park


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Serengeti never gets boring

Written on: October 09, 2014   |   I visited in August 2009 When I was still working in East Africa as a tour leader, people often asked me if it doesn’t become boring, all these times driving through the serengeti with the same wildlife again and again and again. I was always surprised! How could the plains of the Serengeti dotted with wildebeests ever bore me? How could I get bored watching a baby elephant running through the herd, while the rest of the herd seemingly effortless avoid stepping on her. How could I get bored watching lion cubs trying to get one of the packs to play with them? Or watching a pack of my favourite animal, the African Wild Dog, going of hunting, I mean I could never ever imagine getting bored of that. Okay really if you would force me to tell what bores me, then maybe the sleeping hippos in a pool, but just when that starts to bore me, you can be quite sure something will happen or another animal will show up. I do remember on a safari one day we were having our lunch somewhere near the Grumeti river, watching lazy hippos (okay probably not nice to say so considering that they graze the whole night) in the river. I was already wondering where the crocs had gone, as Grumeti river usually has a good chance of seeing crocs. I mean those impalas on the riverbed were so close that it might have made a nice lunch for a croc. So really when I just started to get bored with this picture there was all of a sudden huge commotion among the impalas, it took me a moment to figure out what happened, it is the tail that we saw disappearing in the tree which made me realize that we just saw a leopard grabbing an impala....

There is a hippo pool in the Serengeti along the “main” road from Nabi to Seronera. Having passed it during several safaris, it might rank quite high in the “boring list”, that was until the day we were standing there and watching the hippos, unfortunately the wind was in the wrong way so the smell was not so nice either. Knowing that we would have several more chances of seeing hippos (as they sleep in pools during the day it is quite hard to miss that) I decided that it is probably better we move on. Just when I was explaining my clients that we would see hippos again, with a better wind, one of my clients requested just a minute to take a picture of a pied kingfisher which had just landed in a nearby tree. Luckily he did! Because while he was taking pictures of the kingfisher a troop of baboons came marching in to take a drink at the other side of the pool. Not a big troop, just a few animals. Being bored with the hippos I just sat there counting them, one two three four five baboons, no wait four baboons! Where that crocodile had come from nobody knows, least of all the totally freaked out baboons who desperately climbed into a tree with nothing to be seen of one of them (crocs drag their prey underwater to kill it).
So actually if someone asks me whether all that wildlife never bores me, no never, not even the sleeping hippos in the pool!
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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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