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For many, the Serengeti is the quintessential African experience. Vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see, wildebeest migrate in their millions and lion prides snooze in the scorching sun. You’ve probably seen it on wildlife documentaries or when longingly flicking through travel brochures, but nothing compares to seeing this epic destination for yourself.
Spanning 30,000 square kilometres, the Serengeti is one of the world’s oldest and most spectacular ecosystems. It’s home to a World Heritage national park, which is often hailed as the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the world. It’s easy to see why these astonishing landscapes have long been a source of inspiration for writers, artists, photographers and scientists.
Known locally as ‘Siringitu’, which fittingly means ‘endless plains’, Serengeti National Park was originally established to protect the world-famous migration circuit of wildebeest and zebras. These days, the park is the king of African safaris. The extensive grasslands, gushing rivers and lush woodlands are teeming with unique flora and fauna. As well as the great migration, a major draw is the high population of big cats, including lions and leopards.
There’s no denying that the wildlife steals the show, but the Serengeti is also steeped in fascinating history and culture. The region is home to the ancient Maasai tribe, whose lifestyles have barely changed from the hunter-gatherer ancestors who lived here thousands of years ago. Visitors have the chance to meet with these humble communities and gain a valuable insight into Swahili traditions and customs which have stood the test of time.
Whether you’re tracking big cats on the back of a jeep or immersing yourself in local culture, you won’t forget the first time you encounter the wonders of the Serengeti.
When it comes to observing animals in their natural habitat, you can’t get much better than Serengeti safaris. Frequently sighted residents include hyenas, warthogs, eland, impala and giraffes, plus more than 500 species of birds.
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