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5 things to do in Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti national park lies north of Tanzania and is famed for its rivers, kopjes, acacia trees, and the yearly migration of wildebeest and zebra herds. It was established in 1951 and is the ultimate safari destination for lovers of game drives.

The Serengeti national park is open throughout the year so you can watch your favourite animals in action at any time.

Discussed in this article are five must-see places in Serengeti national park, Tanzania. Let’s explore. 

What are the best things to do in Serengeti National Park?

Watch the Zebras and WildeBeests migration

One of the most popular activities that happen in the Serengeti national park is the great migration. Every year, millions of zebras and wildebeests migrate from their breeding grounds in search of new pasture.

The herds start moving to the naabi hills from December to June (the Serengeti’s wet season). As temperature rises and the dry season draws near, the herds move through the Seronera River Valley and Western Corridor before crossing the Grumeti River. Finally, the herd moves back north to the Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs.

After settling and grazing on the greener pastures for a few months, the herd turns around and repeats the migration cycle.

Explore Seronera River Valley

This river valley, which encompasses a large portion of the Central Serengeti, is brimming with wildlife. The river in the valley ensures there is enough vegetation all year, which allows herbivores to thrive. You can visit this valley any time and witness the everyday activities of zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, and many other herbivores.

A large population of prey also attracts a great number of predators. You will also find a large number of lions, hyenas, and cheetahs roaming around this golden grassland. If you are a fan of leopards, then this is one of the best places to see the park’s elusive leopards.

Lastly, you’ll find most of the park’s permanent lodges in this river valley.

Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Although the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is no longer considered as a part of the Serengeti Park, this area also provides some spectacular wildlife viewing. This crater houses over 20,000 large mammals, and it is often referred to as the “Garden of Eden” for wildlife.

Animals within this conservation area do not participate in the yearly migration, making the Ngorongoro a great site for viewing wildlife at any time of the year. Furthermore, you’ll find a lot of Masai herders with their animals within the gorge, and you’ll most certainly run into them while looking for large mammals.

Lobo Valley in Northern Serengeti

If you enjoy watching lions and other big cats, then the Lobo valley is one spot you don’t want to miss. The Lobo Valley is the best spot to see all three of Africa’s big cats in action: lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

These big cats are drawn to the Lobo valley due to the abundance of prey and permanent waterholes. In addition to these big cats, the Lobo Valley is home to elephants, giraffes, and baboons. In July, herds of zebras and wildebeest also visit this valley during the great migration.

Although you’ll always find a few species of animals in this valley, it’s best to visit this site in the dry season when the herds of animals visit during the migration.

See Rhino herd in Moru Kopjes

The Moru kopjes lie 32 miles northwest of Naabi Hill and are home to the world’s largest black rhino herd. Despite the park’s efforts in the 1980s to bring this creature back from the brink of extinction, poaching of the animal’s horns has resulted in a decline in the species’ population in recent years.

A small herd of black rhinos still roams the area, and armed anti-poaching rangers keep a close eye on the herd. Although black rhinos are solitary creatures, Moru Kopjes is the place to go if you want to watch them up close. In addition to rhinos, you’ll find a few lions, leopards, and elephants in this area.

Conclusion

Suppose you are contemplating what city to visit or need an exciting place to have a fun-filled adventure, the Serengeti National park in Tanzania is a great option to consider.

This park offers amazing sights like the Great Migration, Moru Kopjes, and the Seronera and Lobo valley which is a home of giant giraffes and baboons, amongst others.

Precious Oka

Precious Oka writes for Naijadazz.