Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous parks. It is certainly Africa’s most visited and well-known park – but even so, with an area of just under 15,000 sq. km, it is so big that you’re virtually guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences of an untamed and beautiful land. The park’s unique attractions include the annual great wildebeest migration (where wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya), its huge expanse of savannah vegetation, a balloon safari and some of the richest wildlife and birdlife you will see anywhere. The wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, hippos and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vulture.
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu,‿ and means “endless plains,‿ and once you see the savannah stretching to the horizon, you can see why. The only interruptions are scattered weathered granite outcrops called kopjes.