Saturday 15th, December, 2018
Serengeti National Park - Where Legend Meets Reality
The Serengeti is where legend meets reality, where Africa’s mystery, rawness, and power surround you, and where the beauty and synchrony of nature can be experienced as in few other places. On its vast, treeless plains, one of the earth’s most impressive natural cycles plays itself out again and again, as tens of thousands of hoofed mammals, driven by primeval rhythms of survival, move constantly in search of fresh grasslands. The most famous and the most numerous, are the wildebeests - of which there are more than two million - and their annual migration is the Serengeti ‘s biggest drawcard.
During the rainy season (between December and May), the wildebeests are widely scattered over the southern section of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As this area have few large rivers and streams, they dry up quickly when the rains cease, nudging the wildebeests to concentrate on the few remaining green areas and to form thousands-strong herds that migrate north and west in search of food and water. They then spend the dry season, from about July to October, outside the Serengeti and in the Maasai Mara (just over the Kenyan border), before again moving to south in anticipation of rains, around February, the calving season, more than 8000 Wildebeest calves are born per day, although about 40% of these dies before they are four months old.
The 14,763sq km Serengeti is also renowned for its predators, especially its lions, many which have collars fitted with transmitters so their movements can be studied and their locations tracked.
Keeping the lion’s company are the Cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and more. You will also see zebras (of which there are about 200,000), large herds of Giraffes, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles, Elands, Impalas, Klipspringers and Warthogs, and fascinating birdlife, including vultures brooding in the trees, haughty Secretary birds surveying you from the roadside and brightly colored Fisher’s lovebirds.
Wildlife concentrations in the park are greatest between about December and June and comparatively low during the dry season (between about July and October). However, the Serengeti can be rewarding to visit at any time of the year. If you are primarily interested in Wildebeest the best base from about December to April is at one of the camps near Seronera or in the southern-eastern part of the park.
The famous crossing of the Grumeti River, which runs through the park’s Western Corridor, usually takes place somewhere between May and July, although the viewing window can be quite short. In particularly dry years, the herd tends to move northwards sooner, avoiding or only skirting the Western Corridor. There are several camps in or near the Western Corridor, and it’s also easily accessed from Seronera.
The northern Serengeti, around Lobo and Kleins’s Gate, is good base during the dry season, particularly between about August and October. As well as the migrating Wildebeests, there is also a small resident population of Wildebeests in the park, which you will see at any time of the year.
Almost all of the shorter Safaris and those done as a quick northern circuit loop use Seronera as a base, although other sections of the park are just as rewarding, if not more so. In the low season, you will see fewer other vehicles outside of Seronera, although even in the high season, the park is large enough that it doesn’t feel overcrowded
Overall, the opportunities for wildlife viewing are unparalleled and, if you are able to visit, it’s a chance not to be missed. Try to schedule as much time here as possible in order to explore the park’s varied zones and appreciate its vastness.
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