Tanzania 2017 (part V): Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania:

Cheetah on the plains of the Serengeti

Cheetah on the plains of the Serengeti

From the Ngorongoro Crater, my journey continued into the Serengeti National Park where I would spend a total of three nights.

The first stop after leaving the Ngorongoro Crater was the Olduvai Gorge which is one of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world. The exposed sediments yielded many priceless fossils helping to understand human evolution. The attached museum is quite beautiful, but it is nonetheless heavily overpriced. The road continued northwest across the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti where I saw the first vast herds of wildebeests participating in the Great Migration – a really unforgettable sight! After registering at the Naabi Hill Gate, we slowly drove northwards into the central Serengeti where we saw a fantastic array of wildlife, including lions at a kill and my first cheetah!

After a night at the Nyani Public Campsite, we started early on a safari in the central Serengeti. Again we saw many lions, several cheetahs, and an almost hidden leopard in addition to the abundant antelopes and birds. Unfortunately, our afternoon safari was cut short by a heavy rain shower lasting more than an hour and turning the roads into slippery rivers.

You can check out the intensity of the rains in the following clip:

Following another night at the Nyani Public Campsite, we again went on an early morning safari through the central Serengeti. The highlights included two majestic lions at a wildebeest kill, a cheetah with cub, and another cheetah (unsuccessfully) hunting a reedbuck in front of our eyes. However, not everyone was having a great time – we saw one car which had toppled over because the roads were still so slippery from the rain on the day before (luckily noone was injured).

After lunch at the Nyani Public Campsite, we packed our belongings and drove into the more hilly, northern Serengeti. Although the large herds of wildebeests had already left this region, we saw a lot of wildlife. We reached Lobo Rest Camp in the late afternoon and I had time to enjoy the fantastic view across the valley where giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, and other antelopes roamed. I was the only tourist staying at the camp site and had a rather turbulent night, because two buffaloes decided to stay next to my tent for most of the night, while lions were roaring in the distance.

On the next morning, we left Lobo Rest Camp and drove eastwards. Just a few hundred metres from the camp we came across a lioness with three cubs. After about 1.5 hours we reached Kleins Gate, where I had to say goodbye to the Serengeti National Park and from where we continued our journey to Lake Natron.

6 responses to “Tanzania 2017 (part V): Serengeti National Park

  1. Wow, such species diversity. The Agama is one of my favourites 🙂 Thank you for showing these marvelous photos of your yourney!

  2. Pingback: Tanzania 2017 (part VI): Lake Natron | wild life weeks·

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