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QUINTESSENTIAL AFRICAN EXPERIENCE IN A SEA OF GOLDEN GRASS
The Quintessential African Experience In A Sea Of
There is so much more to the Serengeti than the Great Migration.
These endless plains, contain valleys, hills and woodland as well as
the open plains that seem to stretch out forever. Every time of year
offering something different, something special. However, the Great
Migration seems to be the only thing on the itinerary. The Serengeti
is more than this single spectacular event and I urge you to take
time to explore as much as you can in the Serengeti. This is
important in Africa, to slow down and spend some time exploring; you
will be well rewarded.
The Tanzanian Parks authority claim that over six million hooves
thunder across the plains during the great migration. This, sadly,
is the world’s last surviving migration on such a grand scale. This
is understandably why it dominates every Serengeti Safari.
Do not despair if the time of year you visit falls outside the great
migration or if the migration and the rains that trigger it off
fail. If you sit at the Grumeti River and not a single wildebeest
attempts to cross do not feel disappointed. The Serengeti has so
very much more to offer – you will never be disappointed.
The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest park and offers arguably the best
game viewing in the whole of Africa. The park has great heads of
buffalo, small heard of elephant, giraffe, eland, topi, impala,
grants gazelle, with leopards in the acacia lining the Seronera
Valley, lion prides abound especially in the Lobo hills in the north
and there is a high density of cheetah’s in the south east
Serengeti. There are three types of African Sachal, spotted hyena
and a myriad of small predators such as the aard-wolf and the
beautiful serval cat.
There are also reptiles, amazing insects including over one-hundred
species of dung beetle and over five hundred bird species; from the
great and ungainly ostrich to the majestic black eagle hovering over
the Lobo Hills in the remote north.
The plains are scorched a rich golden color yet after the rains the
Serengeti is green carpet with wild flowers everywhere. The flat
pains are broken in places with deep valleys, wooded hills and
rivers lined with fig trees and the flat topped acacia.
The vastness of this park translates into 5,700 square miles -
figures vary as to the exact size - this however is the official
size according to the Tanzania Government. The park stretches north
to Kenya and west to the huge Lake Victoria.
To get to the Serengeti you can dive from Arusha passing Lake
Manyara and driving across Ngorongoro Conservation Area and into the
Serengeti. You are also able to fly by light aircraft into the
Serengeti although these flights are expensive.
Finally I would urge you to resist the temptation to try and see as
much as possible in a short a time as possible. You will end up with
safari fatigue and hating your safari experience. For Africa is an
experience and best done at a slow pace. To see and experience more
you must slow down. Africa is an event and to rush from place to
place you will simply miss Africa, all you will have to show after
your safari will be some nice photographs and maybe a tee-shirt
stating ‘hakuna matata’
Enjoy your safari and experience Africa you will, no doubt, return
to this amazing continent and to this wonderful country – Tanzania.
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initiatives focused on the education of the young and the medical
care for the whole family.
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