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Tanzania National Parks >> Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park has probably been the subject of more books, television documentaries, pictures, photos and digital images on African wildlife animals, than any other African national park. Hosting the annual wildebeest migration across its grassy plains - arguably the world's greatest wildlife animals spectacle - this park is without a doubt a defining image of East Africa and more specifically Tanzania.

The Serengeti Park in Tanzania covers an area of 14 763 sq km, but the greater Serengeti - roughly 30 000 sq km in extend, incorporates several other reserves, notably the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Kenya's Masai Mara National Park. The park is a picturesque grassland of awesome beauty and size. Derived from the Masai phrase "Siringet" meaning "endless plain", the Serengeti Plains ecosystem is defined by an ancient migration route, followed annually by around two million animals.

The national park can be divided into 3 major wildlife animals vegetation areas: In the south-eastern area are the open grasslands, to the north the open woodlands and in the west a mosaic of grass- and woodlands. The lion is one of this African park's main attractions, as there are about 2500 of these animals in the Serengeti Plains ecosystem. This is the biggest concentration in the world of Africa's largest predators. Please refer to the map below, and images for further details and safari information guide on this awesome and picturesque wildlife national park in Tanzania.

Animals of the Serengeti

Even with the migration up in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park contains a substantial population of African plains animals including buffalo, giraffe, warthog and a wide range of antelopes like impala, bushbuck, waterbuck, dikdik, reedbuck, and the massive eland. The elephants also tend to be migratory and a large number move down south towards the Tarangire National Park area. But probably the most memorable of the park's animals is its thriving predators, which include the more than 3000 lions and whose males have unique and characteristic black manes, a great number of cheetahs, leopard, as well as over 8000 spotted hyenas.

When to visit the Serengeti on safari

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, provides for an unforgettable and remarkable African wildlife safari experience and can be enjoyed throughout the year. The rainy seasons (March to May and October to November) may affect road conditions, but this does not usually provide a serious problem. The wildebeest migration normally takes place between April and June, while the wildebeest are usually concentrated in the southern Serengeti during the calving season from December to May. From December to February the park is at its busiest, and to a lesser extend during July to August. The park is however massive and it will not get anything like the congestion experienced in the Ngorongoro during the same periodes. Short rains fall November to mid December in Tanzania and the long rains are from March to the end of May. By September and October the bulk of the migration is concentrated in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, but even during this period there's plenty of wildlife to see, including thriving lion prides and large clans (up to 80 members) of hyena. Visit the 'Wildebeest migration guide' for more detailed safari information, photos and images regarding this great wildlife spectacle.

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