To see images from Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, click on the photo above.
Picture endless plains of grasslands surrounded by a pride of lions searching for their next victim as giraffes peacefully graze on acacia trees.
The Serengeti is one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries, unparalleled for its natural beauty. And just east, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds the world’s largest caldera.
Serengeti National Park is 15,000 square kilometres of savannah and has the highest concentration of large predators in the world. For those looking for the "big five," the Serengeti offers extraordinary game viewing of lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and, if you’re lucky, the rare black rhinoceros.
At the heart of the Serengeti lies the largest movement of wildlife. Driven by the rhythms of survival, two million wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles migrate in search of grassland and water. The annual migration is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and happens all year round. One of the most impressive sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River in July and August. As the herds cross, crocodiles are ready to snatch the weak and feeble.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also a wildlife haven. It is the only place on Earth where humans and a high concentration of wild animals co-exist in harmony. The Maasai, a pastoral tribe practising traditional livestock grazing, live and breathe the same land. Their cattle are sometimes seen alongside zebras on the grassland. Visitors can also sample cultural tourism in various Maasai bomas and settlements.
The UNESCO world heritage site also has the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself three million years ago. It is believed that the volcano was bigger than Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. Inside the crater, there is the highest concentration of lions in the world. You can also find hippopotamus, cheetahs, zebras, flamingos, ostriches and hyenas.
Wildlife viewing is spectacular in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and if you find yourself in East Africa, it’s not to be missed.