Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa.
Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trump to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara attract visitors from around the world, who flock to the open plains to witness the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet. More than a million animals make the seasonal journey to fresh pasture to the north, then the south, after the biannual rains. The sound of their thundering hooves, raising massive clouds of thick red dust, has become one of the legends of the Serengeti plains.
The entire ecosystem thrives from the annual migration, from the lions and birds of prey that gorge themselves on the weak and the faltering to the gamut of hungry crocodiles that lie in patient wait at each river crossing for their annual feed.
But it’s not just the wildebeest who use the Serengeti as a migratory pathway. The adjacent reserves of Maswa and Ikorongo, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya all allow the animals and birds of the area a free range of movement to follow their seasonal migrations. Indeed, in the wake of the wildebeest migration, many of the less attention-grabbing features of the Serengeti are often overlooked. The park has varied zones in which each ecosystem is subtly different . Seronera in the centre of the park is the most popular and most easily visited area.
The Grumeti River in the Western Corridor is the location for the dramatic river crossing during the wildebeest migration. Maswa Game Reserve to the south offers a remote part of the park rewarding in its game-viewing and privacy, and Lobo near the Kenyan border offers a change to see plentiful game during the dry season.
Aside from traditional vehicle bound safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become a safari rite-of-passage for travel enthusiasts. The flights depart at dawn over the plains and take passengers close over the awakening herds of wildebeest and zebra, gazelle and giraffe. The extra altitude allows guests to witness the striking stretches of plains punctuated only by kopjes. Up in the sky, you have Africa all to yourself.
Dear Kassim,my friend Claudia Ebert and I made a safari with your organisation for 5 days. It started on 27th May 2012.We wanted to say thank you now for this wonderfull trip.Daniel Bayo, our driver and guide was wonderfull. He explained us so many things, managed everything very reliable and tought us some Kiswahili. You can be happy and proud to have such a great employee.We also want to say thank you for Bahati. He is a good cook und his meals had been also very good. There was no problem with my wheat allergy.All in all we had 5 great days with 2 wonderfull people.We wish you and your employees all the best for the future and maybe we will see again one day.All the best Tanja and Claudia
Cubbancy told us:
I used Bobby Tours last fall for a trip to Tanzania, and found them very accommodating and easy to work with. They are a mid-range company, but will work with you to arrange the type of trip and the accommodations you want. I stayed at all tented camps during two weeks in Northern Tanzania, with the exception of Ngorongoro, and did single supplements everywhere. I was very happy with all aspects of the trip, and while I would not call it cheap by any means, it certainly was not as expensive as most of the tours that are regularly discussed on this forum. They were recommended to me by Great Lakes Safaris, that I used the previous year for my Uganda,gorilla trek.
Niall told us:
Our group of 3 Irish lads would like to thank Bobby and our exceptional guide Mike for giving us an amazing Safari experience.We decided to go with the 4 night/5 day Serrengetti lodge package which was great value for money. It was great to have the freedom to stop and go as we wanted. Our guide knew his way around very well and was the ultimate professional. You will definately need a minimum of 2 days in the Serrengetti to enjoy the experience. The Lodge looking out over the Ngorongoro crater is the perfect place to wind up the safari.We did our safari around mid June and were lucky enough to drive right into the migration. The Safari season changes around mid June and the prices rise by 25% so we got great value compared to other travellers using other tour companys.I would reccomenend this tour company to anyone wanting a great Safari experience.Great stuff.Niall email@example.com