The Serengeti name is derived from the Maasai phrase “serengit” which means “endless plains.” Located in northern Tanzania, the park shares its northern boundary with the Kenyan Masai Mara Game Reserve, and to the south with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley) is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It is a classic savannah dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve and is the least visited section of the park.
The Beauty that is Serengeti
The Serengeti fits well into most people’s dream of an African safari with its abundant wildlife, vast golden plains dotted with thorny umbrella acacia trees, kopjes, and sausage trees, and its crocodile and hippo-filled rivers. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and bravery.
Established in 1952, the vast savanna of the park is breathtaking with a resident population of lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and bird species that are also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km); it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple of hundred vehicles driving around.