Serengeti National Park is a huge reserve of land in Tanzania which provides sanctuary to an astounding number of animals, most notably the Serengetan Chimp. The park is home to a large population of different species including: lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and wildebeast. There are six popular sights in the park worth taking some time to see.
Serengeti Plains Lion Sanctuary
Located on the Murchison River, this 200-acre reserve is home to a large population of lions. Dominated in with a wooded area and savannah grasses, the plains are home to several herds of zebras, wildebeasts and other members of the giraffe family. Also found in this reserve are the Cheetah and Cape Buffalo. The plains are an ideal place for observing these fascinating species at close range.
Lying just outside the park boundary lies a sanctuary to house thirty animals suffering from various medical conditions such as blindness or deformed limbs (such as one-legged lions). The sanctuary was established to help the animals live a peaceful, isolated life until such a day that they are no longer in need of assistance. Located along the Murchison River, the sanctuary is a great place for watching these magnificent creatures come and go on their daily routines.
The Kora Hills are located on the western edge of Serengeti National Park. Within this range are several game trails which can be used to observe nearly one hundred species of animals as they roam through the clearing. People looking to venture out into this area should have some knowledge of animal behavior before venturing out with guns and binoculars.
Located in the northern area of the park, Olduvai Gorge is a prime location to view prehistoric fossils dating back millions of years. The gorge was discovered in 1931 and contains many of the remains and artifacts left behind by early man. This location is also home to many of the animals found in the Serengeti Plains, making it a great place to familiarize yourself with the native wildlife before heading off to safari.
The grasslands that run through Serengeti National Park are home to lions, wildebeest and other animal species. The grasslands are flat and wide fields, perfect for spotting and wandering through in search of the animals. The grassland area is also home to a smaller population of zebras and buffels which can be seen roaming about aimlessly.
The game park within Serengeti National Park is a sanctuary for animals that have been infested with parasites which make them too sick to survive in the wild. Narrowing down individuals who need help, the park houses these animals in a small area, giving them food and basic medical care until they are strong enough to fend for themselves again.
Serengeti National Park is a fascinating area to spend a weekend or longer. There is no shortage of things to see in the park and the people who run the place are very friendly and helpful. Keep in mind that Serengeti National Park is not a zoo. The idea behind the park is to allow animals be free to roam and interact among themselves, with little human interference. As long as you have this in mind when visiting the park, you should have an amazing experience.