Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, which is rightfully deemed a World Heritage Site, is the one place where one can witness the Great Migration, when Wildebeest and Zebra in their hundreds of thousands follow the yearly rain patterns in search of green pastures. This takes place against the backdrop of the pristine “endless plains of Africa”, spanning 15 thousand square kilometers. This Park offers something for visitors of all ages. Adults can not help but be struck by the surrealism of the multitude of herbivores, followed by lions, cheetah and hyenas, moving with the single mindedness of the struggle for survival. The younger children will, in turn, be thrilled to experience the place that inspired the makers of “The Lion King”. And, of course, all those familiar with National Geographic and the Animal Planet channel will readily recognise the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania as the place where many of their documentaries were filmed.
Wildebeests and Zebras frolicking, childlike, on the plains; Giraffe – ever aloof – gazing upon you from their formidable height; Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards either stalking their prey or lazing in the shade just as their domestic relatives do – all these are part of the Great Migration that attracts so many visitors to Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. From October to November more than a million Wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of Zebras migrate from the northern hills to the southern plains of the Serengeti where the vegetation is lush during Short Rains. After the Long Rains of April-June the Migration turns northwards. The ancient instincts driving these herds are so powerful that no obstacle, including the crocodile-infested rivers, will stop them. And while many perish along the way, an estimated quarter of a million calves are born, sustaining this never-ending cycle.