A trip to Africa can be an amazing experience, especially for anyone who is intrigued and excited by the natural world. One popular choice for intrepid travellers is to go on safari in the Serengeti, a destination famous for its wide array of wildlife and picturesque scenery.
If you're thinking about planning a trip to this amazing destination, then why not get help with your travel arrangements from Africa Travel Resource? We provide tailor-made trips that are designed to match your particular requirements and we've handpicked the lodges, tour guides and transportation options to help ensure that you have the best safari possible.
All about the Serengeti
Situated in the northern area of Tanzania, as well as parts of south-western Kenya, the Serengeti is a region famous for its biodiversity. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to more than 70 species of big game, including elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, rhinos, gazelles and buffalos, as well as 500 types of birds and an abundance of unique plant life.
Serengeti means 'endless plains' in the Maasai language, and it's easy to see why the location was given such a name: spanning more than 30,000 square kilometres, it's an area of protected land that's larger than Wales and includes not just grassland, but also swamps and woodland.
About half of the region is considered part of the Serengeti National Park, while other reserves and parks can also be found there, including the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The Great Migration
The Serengeti is best known as the location of the world's largest mammal migration. Nearly two million animals – mainly white bearded wildebeests and zebras, as well as some gazelles and impalas – follow this seasonal pattern every year in order to find food and water.
It is also common for people watching the migration to spot lions, hyenas and vultures. These animals are usually out looking for a meal as the migrating animals pass through their territories.
The migration follows a circular path and the herbivores move throughout the year. However, the main movements occur in the October and April.
One of the most exciting parts of the migration is when the animals need to cross the Mara River. The strong currents and deep water, as well as the steep banks can make the crossing tricky and it can be a real treat to witness the drama of nature unfolding right in front of you as the animals try to traverse the waterway.
Africa Travel Resource: helping you plan your trip to the Serengeti
Here at Africa Travel Resource, we've been organising Serengeti safaris and other excursions throughout Africa for more than ten years.
As members of the Africa Travel and Tourism Association, we have demonstrated our commitment to arranging high-quality trips and our customers can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that our trips are protected by the Air Travel Organisers' Licence scheme.
We are also committed to supporting the conservation projects which are going on across the continent, so when you book your tour through us, you can feel good knowing that you've contributed to some of these fantastic programmes.
To start planning your trip, contact us today on 01306 880 770 a friendly member of our team will be happy to discuss your specific requirements and help make your travel arrangements.