As Tanzania’s most famous national park, many often ask: “Is the Serengeti truly that great?” The answer is a resounding yes. Serengeti National Park is simply nature on display…in all of her beauty, power, awe and curiosity.
Serengeti’s annual migration exemplifies this perfectly. During this great march of animals, over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras move in an oval circle seeking fresh grazing and water. As the herds undertake their quest, they are tracked and hunted by such dangerous predators as lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles. The park is also inhabited by buffalos, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, baboons, ostriches and close to 500 species of birds. This collection of animals, on its own, is truly a wonder.
Equally impressive is the park’s landscape. The Maasai language tells us that Serengeti means “endless plain.” A great description of much of the park supports vast expanses of purely beautiful and serene grasslands and forests. The park, however, is actually comprised of a very diverse set of landscapes, including riverine vegetation, soda lakes, acacia forests, swamps and granite mountains. With each landscape having its own unique character and range of wildlife, the park truly offers safarists the ability to explore, ponder and revere.
In describing the Serengeti, Boyd Norton, author of Serengeti: The Eternal Being, writes: “There is language going on out there – the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression…We have yet to become fluent in the language – and music-of the wild.” The Serengeti is almost a living entity of its own that continues to live up to its fame. Make the journey and you will never forget the experience, the sensation and…the music of the wild.
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