What animals might I see on a Serengeti Safari

Exploring The Wildlife of The Serengeti National Park

About the Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for The Great Wildebeest Migration – one of the most fascinating animal migrations in the world, as every year, more than 2 million wild animals migrate clockwise across the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. The migration is a fantastic spectacle of nature and one of the most critical events in the African wildlife calendar. This alone makes it one of the most popular national parks in Africa and alongside unparalleled natural beauty and a significant scientific landscape, the Serengeti National Park was awarded World Heritage Status in 1979, alongside the Ngorongoro Conservation Unit. Combined, it delivers almost 529,000 hectares of biodiverse conservation land (half the size of Belgium !) where the Big 5 are free to room wild.

The Big 5

The Big 5 refers to Lions, Elephants, Leopards, The Black Rhinos, and Buffalos, all of which were considered the most difficult to hunt when hunters were looking for a ‘trophy kill’. Amongst the hunting community a successful kill of one of these Big 5 came with a kind of kudos that elevated your status (for right or wrong) to the highest ‘trophy hunter’ level. Today these animals are protected and can be sighted from a safe distance as they navigate their home habitat without human intervention. This is a very important part of the U. Trip as we wholeheartedly believe that while we wish to interact with the animals in some form, it is in their best interest to be left alone, and protected from poachers and tour operators with a less passionate stance on conservation and protection. The shear diversity of wildlife is mind-blowing, and includes over 25 species of plain dwelling animals, Giraffes, Gazelles, Impalas, Kongoni, Topi, Eland, Cheetahs, Baboons, some 3,000 lions and a large numbers of spotted hyenas! Over 540 different bird species inhabit the park, from the small and cute Beautiful Sunbird, to the large pink-legged Ostrich. Eagles and Vultures are abundant and are spectacular to watch soaring in the thermals.

The U. Experience on a Serengeti Safari

Expect an experience of a lifetime! With a backdrop of peaceful quite flat savannahs, interspersed with watering holes, rivers and forests, you are about to step into a time immortalised. We head out early in the morning to catch the sun rise while the nocturnal animals such as the leopard return to their dens or homes. We pause at the Retina Hippo Pool, watching the hippo’s fight for position in the wading pools, and catch many reptiles such as Crocodiles, Leopard, Tortoise, Black-Necked Spitting Cobras, Black Mambas, and African Pythons to mention just a few! Spotting any of the Big 5 is more rare but not impossible.  We recommend having the long-lens camera ready should we be lucky to see one of them!

The Serengeti Safari Responsibly with U.

Our local operators are chosen for their commitment to preservation and protection while ensuring you an experience of a lifetime. You’ll travel with other like minded adventures and at the end of our trip, as a more empowered team, we’ll ’give back’ to the communities that have supported our trip, and who work hard to ensure that the Serengety thrives for future generations to learn from and to enjoy, by working at local schools to help build furniture and clean up the local environment. U. believes that Travel Creates Better Human Beings and we’ll prove it on this once in a life time experience. So be brave, explore, adventure, learn, and share and help us to create a better world by becoming more culturally & socially sensitive, environmentally conscious and economically sustainable through meaningful responsible travel.

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