The Serengeti is one of the ultimate wilderness areas with abundant wildlife. Will a new proposed highway change that? Here’s why you should still consider the Serengeti for your next authentic African safari holiday.
There are endless reasons why to visit the Serengeti for your African safari holiday. It is the ultimate remote wilderness area with endless horizons and abundant wildlife. From camping safaris to luxury safari getaways, every visitor to the Serengeti is immediately mesmerised by its natural beauty.
There is a chance that this could change if infrastructure development continues to take priority over conservation when it comes to decisions made by the Tanzanian Government.
The Serengeti was not discovered and written about until 1913. An American hunter set out from Nairobi in 1913 and soon discovered its great stretches. Pushing south, he recorded: “We walked for miles over burnt out country… Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise.”
He had found Serengeti. In the years since White’s excursion under “the high noble arc of the cloudless African sky,” Serengeti has come to symbolise paradise to many of us. The Masai, who had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia had always thought so. To them it was Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.
The Serengeti region encompasses the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Over 90,000 tourists visit the Park each year.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists – many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
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.
The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
Serengeti Mara Camp, one of our favourite safari camping experiences.
If you’re planning an African safari holiday, a safari honeymoon or a family safari holiday please think about the Serengeti. It is truly one of Africa’s most precious and glorious gems.
International Serengeti Day is on 19th March 2011. It is both a celebration of the remarkable Serengeti ecosystem and an appeal to the world community to come to its aid. A commercial route has been approved by Tanzanian Government that will be built through the Serengeti. It will not only devastate the ecosystem and the great migration, but will hurt the people of Tanzania by destroying tourism revenue, tens of thousands of jobs, and a proud legacy of conservation.