Serengeti Plains

February 12, 2013

In Maasai Serengeti means “endless plains” and more than 12000 square miles of National Park extends through 2 African countries: Tanzania and Kenya. Today we left the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, traveled through Maasai herd lands and villages, down into the dry Olduvai River valley and on to Serengeti National Park, site of the largest animal migration in the world.
We drove along bumpy roads across rolling plains, open grasslands with hundreds of acacia trees in site from every direction. At the park entrance we stopped to marvel the kopjes, rocky granite outcroppings domain of the king of the beasts as well as home to many more birds, mammals and reptiles.
Every year around December millions of wildebeest, thousands of zebra, gazelle and other large animals make the ancient trek from the southern Ngorongoro area slowly following the rains to rich grasslands in the north. By February the wildebeest and zebra give birth to thousands more offspring, obviously attracting large predators during the birthing process.
We were fortunate to observe other grazing animals and predators with much lower populations such as the eland, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, oryx, steenbock, impala, Cape Buffalo, hyenas, jackals, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, and foxes, just to name a few.

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