Serengeti National Park
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word “siringet” which literally means “the place where the land runs on forever”. In 1913, the first American to enter the Serengeti was Stewart Edward White who recorded his explorations in the northern Serengeti. After 7 years he returned with a companion and camped in the area around Seronera for three months. During his time, he had killed about 50 lions. The lions became scarce and in 1921, the British colonial administration created some part as a game reserve covering about 800 acres and a full one in 1929. This was the genesis of creating the Serengeti National Park which was established in 1951.In 1959; the British evicted the Masaai people from the park and relocated them to the Ngorongoro Conservational Area and this was done to preserve wildlife.
Attractions and wildlife in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is home to the greatest spectacle on earth, the great migration that occurs in the high season of the Serengeti National Park. The great migration is such a magical experience that involves the movement of about 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelopes that run through the park to the neighboring reserve that is Masai Mara National Reserve.
Masai Mara National Reserve is adjacent to Serengeti National Park making it possible for the animals to move freely from one park to another throughout the year. Inside of Serengeti National Park, you will find wildlife such as the lions, cheetahs, leopards, different species of birds, baboons and the great number of wildebeest that keep wandering around the park. These animals can be spotted during night drives and day-game drives throughout the Serengeti National Park.
Additionally, Serengeti National Park is divided into three sections the Seronera Valley is what the Maasai called the “serengit” and located in the central/southern. It consists of the savannah, dotted with acacia woodlands and filled with wildlife making it the most visited area of Serengeti National Park.