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The Serengeti has some unique characteristics that make it a very popular safari spot.Because of the volcanic soil on the plains, grass grows incredibly quickly but there are almost no trees.When water is available, there can be over 1 million wildebeest and 750000 zebra roaming the plain in huge herds.It is much harder to spot carnivores than...more
The Maasai is an African tribe whose area historically covers all of the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and surrounds. It's a huge are that has been somewhat limited by the introduction of laws not allowing then to be in the Seregeti wildlife area. You can see villages dotted all over the area with there basic fence and huts set up in a circle. For a fee...more
Located in the middle of the Serengeti is the Wildlfe Centre. It has an interesting walk on a board-walk around several displays. You follow the foot steps of a Wildebeest who is one of the central displays at the start.Everything from metal lions to the sounds of the wild as you walk past keep you informed an entertained. At the end of the walk is...more
Obviously this is the reason that you are here! To see the wide variety of animals doing their daily chores centred on surviving. As the days get rather hot, the carnivores are out hunting early in the day and in the early evening. A typical game drive day will start at 5.30am for breakfast followed by an early departure at around 6.30am. You...more
All over the Serengeti are the remnants of Elephants at play. Being so very large they can smash up things rather quickly! An example of this are the squished trees you see littered around the park. I'm not sure how the Elephants get the trees into this state - maybe they push them over first - but with bottoms as big as theirs the trees don't...more
This is a very expensive way to see the Serengeti but apparently well worth it. Other on my trip did this activity in the Maasai Mara and they raved above the experience. For $US500 it's a very expensive way to see the animals though you do get breakfast with bubbles (though not the real french stuff) out in the Serengeti so something to tell the...more
Our day was almost over in the Serengeti when we came upon our grande finale! Near the road was a pride of female lions , 12 in all, enjoying their freshly killed zebra. It was a thrilling and somewhat chilling sight to see them tearing into the still warm flesh , devouring the meat and grinding the bones. There would be nothing left when they were...more
Elephants Today we saw the largest herd of elephants yet There were at least 50 in the herd maybe more. They were so majestic walking in singlle file in the great Seregeti plains, highlighted against the horizon. The huge female elephant was in the lead with the tiny babies tucked into the group protectively. Elephants are the largest animals now...more
The Lion- King of the JungleWe spotted this pride of lions very near the road under a tree. When we realized they were mating ,I almost dropped my camera in the flury of excitement. Pretty entertaining , even though I felt a bit like a voyauer.He seemed oblivious to our presense and the whole process was over in seconds. Thinking I missed it , I...more
Today we have a full day game driving . We had out early. Morning and evening are the best times to see the animals. The the black faced monkies are the first animals we see this morning. They were hanging out near an old camp site. They are so entertaining , I could watch them forever. They live in troops . In this group we see the whole diverse...more
When we stop at the gate we have to take a picture of this momentous occasion . It isn’t everyday you go through the Seregeti Gates. We see some Coke’s Hartebeast and other than that nothing much else. We are starting to worry that we won’t see many animals during this extremely dry season. Excitement soon returned however when we spot two very...more
By River- Where Elephants Roam We near the river just before sunset and here we see several elephants out enjoying a drink . To the left of us we see about 5 or 6 and then over the crest of a hill we see a herd of 20 or more in the distance. We can’t believe how close they come to us and at one point we’re actually surrounded. No need or camera...more
Generally, your only concern is making sure that you don't end up on the menu. We certainly never came close to any "restaurant" out in the Endless Plains, but I wanted to mention wild game eating. I really enjoyed the game I ate in Africa. In order of tastiness I would rank them as follows:
2) Zebra steak (go medium-rare, as if it is well-done, it loses its slight gaminess and tastes like beef)
Not all of these are available in the Serengeti, mind you, but some of them are in the fancier tented safari places.
Obviously in the middle of the Serengeti there are no bars and clubs. The only noises you will hear are those of the animals and it is absolutely brilliant!
We were lucky enough to be camping at the time of the Wildebeest migration in June. All you could hear all night were thousands of Wildebeest stampeding. They were probably half of a mile away but it sounded like they were coming through the tent!!
We could also hear Lion, Hyena and Elephant during the evening and throughout the night. Simply fantastic.
To get all out of Your safari holidays, guided tour is a must. Our Tanzania safari in February 2004 included Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara etc. We used Ranger Safaris and were very pleased to our driver/guide (good knowledge of the area, the animals, the nature and spoke English very well + had great sense of humor).more
The roads in the Serengeti are fairly rough as you'd expect. The holes and carved out main road will bash any vehicle around so best you only travel in either a truck or 4WD vehicle. Remember to take plenty of water with you in case of break down though with the number of vehicles in the area you should be saved fairly quickly.more
Shuttle – ( Rainbow Shuttle)Nairobi to ArushaAs promised our drive arrived at 7:30 AM to take us to Arusha. What some said would be a 5-hour trip in actual fact took 7 hours. It was a rough trip for at least ¾ of the way over dusty bumpy dirt roads. I guess if they ever finish the construction it might be easier…but it looked like a very slow...more
Like any national park there are a number of rules to be aware of an obeyed. These can be found at each of the main entrances to the Serengeti (there are more than one) and are more common sense than anything else. The list of charges are also displayed and you can see why it is your local payment can get big rather quickly if you are visiting more...more
The Masai have been moved out of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater over the years but you will still come across lots of them living outside of these national parks. You will find there will be lots of Masai women and children at any place tourists stop. They will all want to sell you beads etc that they have made and to be honest, they are...more
I think its important to respect other peoples space and customs,when taking photos or visiting villages its nice to offer a few dollars for the privalige although the tribes people of the serengetti dont need money essentailly,it can help with medical supplies etc and other handy items,i actually envy people living in the modern world who live of...more
This is critical to your safety and the safety of your group. The warriors do nothing for free so may let you if you buy something or if you are part of an organised group doing a visit to a village. As the Maasai are not allowed into the Serengeti you are safe not making a mistake while inside however there are often Maasai at the gates either...more
It's easy to take things for granted such as being able to walk to the toilet for a late night pee. In the Serengeti, due to the wild animals about, this isn't quite as easy. The rule is to never go the toilet by yourself - always take a buddy to keep watch and help raise the alarm in case of emergency.more
When you have found one of the big 5 - epsecially Lions - you'll most likely be surrounded by other photo hungry tourists in a matter of minutes. You can normally see jeeps of all shapes and sizes racing about the Serengeti trying to get their paying guests the 'great shot' of a Lion. Be aware that emotions can get a bit out of hand as other photo...more
To carry your gear you'll need a main pack of approx 70L and a day bag big enough for food and water during game drives. My day bag is only 22L and it was easy big enough for both the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Remember that it's very dusty here so what ever you wear on your feet, if the dust can get in it will! Sports shoes (tennis shoes, runners...more
Because of the excellent camouflage that the serengeti grasses offer it's denizens, you will need to scout for them using your binoculars and usually, standing in your 4x4 vehicle as you drive down the serengeti dirt roads. This makes for dusty and chilly winds sometimes.Evenings and early mornings are the best times for a game drive. That is...more
During migrating time of zebras and wilderbeasts in May and June there are over one million animals migrating via narrow corridors from Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the Grometi and Mara rivers.
No matter what you see on your trip, one of the most memorable and best things are the sunsets. As the sun goes down on the Serengeti the animals are out eating grass and each other. At this time it's really magic with the heat of the day gone, the animals out and the setting sun creating many a great photo.more
The Baobab tree looks like it is upside down with its roots showing instead of branches! It's an interesting part of the Serengeti with some stunning specimins to be seen. These trees flower at night once a year (under a full moon?) when they are polinated by moths and bats - bizarre but true. As the area is very dry the trees store water in their...more
No matter where you go there will be a bug of some sort to either scare or fascinate. In our case it was rather large spiders in the shower rooms that got the girls fairly excited though no one had any issues. Nothing poisonous apparently but who is going to risk it!The aussies on the trip gave us the 'that's not a spider mate' line given the...more
Northern Tanzania provides more opportunities to see large numbers of animals in the wild than possibly any other spot in the world. VirtualTourist members mentioned both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area as prime spots to see animals in the wild. Both of these areas are famous for spotting the "big five," a phrase coined by hunters in Africa referring to lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros. Apparently, this phrase was coined because these five animals are the most difficult in Africa to hunt on foot, but now they refer to the animals visitors most want to witness on a safari. The Serengeti area also provides a unique opportunity to watch animal migration in action. The wildebeest and zebras spend the rainy season from December to June in the volcanic open plains below the Ngorongoro Crater where the grass growth is most productive and nutrient contents high. Once the rains stop in June, the animals move west towards Lake Victoria, and then migrate north into the Masai Mara, only to return to the Serengeti with the rain in December. It is one of the last great migratory systems intact and there are few opportunities to see over a million of any species, let alone just two, roam together.