Monday, 17 September 2012

Serengeti National Park

Plains of Serengeti
The Serengeti National Park has been the home and the subject of many books, television wild life movies documentaries, pictures, photo, on African wildlife animals, than any other African national park. Hosting the annual wildebeest migration across its grassy plains -  the world's greatest wildlife animals spectacle - this park is without a doubt a defining image of East Africa .The Serengeti Park in Tanzania covers an area of 14 763 sq km, but the greater Serengeti and roughly 30 000 sq km in extension of other various parks, which  notably the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Kenya's Masai Mara National Game Reserve. The park is picturesque grassland of awesome beauty and size. Derived from the Masai phrase "Siringet" meaning "endless plain", the Serengeti Plains ecosystem is defined by an ancient migration route, followed annually by around two million animals.

The national park can be divided into 3 major wildlife animals’ vegetation areas: In the south-eastern area are the open grasslands, to the north the open woodlands and in the west a mosaic of grass- and woodlands. The lion is one of this great African park's main attractions, as there are about 2500 of these animals in the Serengeti Plains ecosystem. This is the biggest concentration in the world of Africa's largest predators.
Masai Giraffe,Serengeti
Attractions includes;
Kopjes: Kopjes a series of weathered granite outcrops are spread everywhere in the park, one that contains African rock paintings, while another features a mysterious "rock gong". Most of these fascinating granite kopjes are miniature wildlife ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools, left in the rock after the rains. The Moru Kopjes are the most frequently visited kopjes by tourists, in the park.

Lake Ndutu: The short grass plains also feature an abundance of gazelle, before the annual migration. A small seasonal lake, Lake Ndutu (or Lagarja) surrounded by beautiful acacia trees, is without a doubt, the main attraction of the area. The lake supports a number of giraffes, vast flora and fauna, rich bird life with lesser flamingoes being the major eye catching of the area.

 Moru Kopjes: The Moru Kopjes (meaning "old" in Masai) display some interesting geological formations made up of ancient granite, which were left standing after centuries of erosion and weathering. The all year round wildlife game viewing is triggered by the correction of the rain water which offers a chance for much variety of wild animals especially in the dry season. The moru provides a vantage point for the predators as they await the prey to come and drink water.

JBA- Tanzania Safari