Serengeti National Park

Great_MigrationPhoto by Donna Baumgartner


Area: 5,700 sq. miles

Wildlife of Tanzania video

Like an unbroken thread, the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra bind's the Serengeti's eco-system much as it has done for the past two million years. Upon this migration, triggered by the rains, almost all things depend. This annual pilgrimage involves some 1.5 million animals that must search for the grass and water they need to survive. During this spectacle, the migration will cover some 3200 Km (2,000 miles) and devour 4,000 ton of grass a day. A quarter of a million animals will be born. 


Lions and other predators follow the migration, picking off the weaker members and the calves. At the Grumeti River, where the migration crosses the western corridor of the Serengeti, crocodiles lurk, awaiting their annual feast. Other predators that lurk in the wings prefer smaller game to wildebeest and zebra. Leopards, often found in trees along the Seronera River, may haul as many as four or five Grant's or Thompson gazelles into their leafy larders. There they are safe from the unwelcome attention of lions and hyenas. 

Flora / Fauna

Grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, woodland.


Photo by Carol Austin


Wildebeest, zebra, lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, jackal, aardwolf, serval, agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, ostrich, black eagle, more than 500 bird species. Most visited park in Tanzania, famous for massive migration of ungulates. Visit to read more about this park