Shared by Kenya and Tanzania, and still inhabited by Maasai warriors, the Serengeti is a 30,000-square-kilometre (12,000-square-mile) UNESCO-inscribed game reserve in the heart of African bush country. It’s arguably the continent’s best spot to observe the “Big Five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo—though visitors will likely encounter hippo, crocodile, cheetah, bush babies and hundreds of other animals, too.
The Great Migration also takes place here, and remains one of the world’s natural wonders. The spectacle includes the migration of nearly 2 million herbivores as they thunder across the windswept plains. But the Serengeti has a soft side too.
The well-managed park is a model of African conservation, and many visitors return for photo encounters with the continent’s gentler and less heralded species, such as colourful lilac-breasted rollers and herds of shy giraffes, as well as the umbrella thorn acacia trees that dot the landscape and have inspired visitors (and sundowner imbibers) for generations.
Serengeti National Park
P.O. Box 14321
Tel. +255 (0) 778 888 888
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