Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

According to allpubliclibraries, Serengeti is the largest and most famous national park in Tanzania with a large concentration of migratory animals that move around the park depending on the availability of food.

The Serengeti ecosystem extends beyond the national park, it includes several other protected areas and reserves, including the Kenyan Masai Mara. It is in these vast protected areas that millions of wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras and antelopes complete their great circular migration. The Serengeti means “endless plain” in the Maasai language, and much of the Serengeti is everything you’d expect from an East African safari – vast open savannas dotted with acacia trees and a few rocky hillocks.

ANIMALS AND BIRDS – MIGRATION

It is always difficult to predict exactly where the migration will be at a certain time, because the animals are driven solely by the search for food, and if the rains come at their usual time, the movements of the animals become predictable. In May, the herds graze along the western corridor between the rivers Grumeti and Mbalageti, their mating season begins.

Then in June or July they separate, some continue to move west, others head north, and hundreds of thousands of other animals move steadily northwest towards the long golden grass of the Masai Mara. Herds of migratory animals graze on both sides of the Mara River for several months, and then, sometime in October, head south again. They return to the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, where they give birth between December and April. After that, the infinite life cycle starts again.

The number of animals making this migration is simply incredible – 1.5 million wildebeests, 300,000 Thompson’s gazelles and 250,000 zebras make their way through the plains. Where there is so much moving prey, there are predators, and the Serengeti is famous for its impressive numbers of lions. Black-backed jackals, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, eagles and vultures are also avid consumers of this endless source of meat.

The largest herds of buffalo (one of the largest in the Serengeti) are found in the pristine forests of the north, and elephants abound in this area. For excellent animal watching throughout the year, the Seronera Valley in the center of the park is ideal, rich in pastures and a large number of animals, including giraffes, warthogs, redunks and many other species that support the existence of leopards and large prides of lions.

To the south is the salt lake Ndutu, which attracts many flamingos, and to the west, the Grumeti River is home to some of the largest Nile crocodiles to be seen.

SEASONS

For most of the year the temperature stays between 21-27°C, but in June, July and August the nights and early mornings get colder.

Rainy season: short rains occur in November and December, and long rains from March to May, with a peak in April and May.

Dry season: June to October is usually dry, as are January and February.

FEATURES OF THE SERENGETI

  • Great Migration
  • Lion prides
  • Hot air balloon flights
  • Spacious open spaces under the same sky
  • Excellent selection of safari lodges

DATA

The Serengeti World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve covers an area of ​​20,922 km².

Altitudes in the Serengeti range from 950 to 1850 m.

Visa to Tanzania

Citizens residing in the territory of the former Soviet republics can obtain a visa at the airport upon arrival. You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of the intended departure from the country.

Consular fee 50 US dollars.

It is possible to apply for a visa online, in which case we upload a photo, a scan of a passport and an air ticket and fill out personal data for a tourist for $60.

You can also apply for a visa at the Tanzanian Embassy in Moscow. It will take 2 days.
Documents required for obtaining a visa at the embassy:
– international passport
2 QUESTIONNAIRES
– 2 photos 3.5 x 4.5 color on a blue background
– confirmation of the tour booking
– consular fee 50 Euro.

Reception of documents for a visa from 09:00 to 16:00. lunch break from 13:00 to 14:00.

Embassy of Tanzania in
Russia Bolshaya Nikitskaya, 51, Moscow, Russia.
(Metro: Barikadnaya)
Tel.: +7(495) 690-25-21 or +7-(495)-690-25-17
Fax: +7(495) 690-22-51

Serengeti National Park

 

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