We’re going to the wild and arid land of the Serengeti for destination number six. Who hasn’t wanted to go on a safari to take in the picturesque view of this reserve? The area is best known for its vast migration of herbivores (mostly zebras and wildebeests) and the predators (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, oh my!) that pursue them. What most don’t know is that the Serengeti is one of many national parks of Tanzania. So let’s explore this natural reserve on the motherland of Africa!
Sixth stop: Serengeti, Tanzania!
Located in north Tanzania and extending to southwestern Kenya, the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. Its climate, vegetation, and wildlife have barely changed in the past million years. The Serengeti is most famous for hosting the largest continental mammal migration in the world, which establishes it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then they swirl west and north after the long rains of April, May and June. The primal, yet ancient, instinct of these herbivores to move is so strong that no drought, gorge, or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
The land is also known as Massailand, named after the fierce Massai warriors that live alongside the wildlife.
Another attraction of the Serengeti is Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in the area that ejects carbonatite lava. It is also a Massai holy site.