Serengeti National Park sprawls within the endless plains of Tanzania and incredibly one of the famous game sanctuaries in the world. It is set between Mara and Simiyu regions, and given its strategic location, it is popular for its annual wildebeest migration. Serengeti National Park became a national park in 1951 making it one of the oldest national parks in Africa. In 1979, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and sits in an area of about 15000sq.kms. The Serengeti Ecosystem is composed of lakes, woodlands, grassland plains of Ndutu in southern Serengeti and covers some parts of the northern verdant river expanse and the Masai National Reserve.
Wildlife species in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park hosts huge concentration of wildlife species that sprawl within its diverse habitats which range from the grassland plains, savanna grassland and riverine forest to woodlands. The popular wildlife species to look out for while on Tanzania safari in Serengeti National Park include wildebeests, impalas, rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, gazelles, zebras, hartebeests, topis, water bucks, buffaloes, the Nile crocodiles, hippos, patas monkeys, martial eagles African bush elephants, dik-dik, aardwolf, bat eared fox, crested porcupine, aardvark and giraffes. Serengeti National Park also hosts other reptile species like the leopard tortoise, serrated hinged terrapin, rainbow agama, Nile monitor, chameleons, African python, black mamba, black necked spitting cobra, puff adder.
Birdlife in Serengeti National Park
More than 500 bird species are confined within Serengeti National Park and they include among others Kori bustard, crowned cranes, secretary bird, Masai ostrich, helmeted guinea fowls, southern ground hornbill, yellow billed stork, lesser flamingo, martial eagle. Purple grenadier, grey breasted spur fowl, grey headed sparrow, red capped robin chat, black headed heron, yellow throated sandgrouse, variable sunbird, secretary birds, white crowned shrike, red backed scrub, Decken took Tockus, D’Arnaud’s barbets as well as several migratory bird species which confine in this pristine national park from November to April.
Activities to do in Serengeti National Park