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Serengeti, The Home Of Game Drives And African Safaris

Jan 1, 2008
The 14,800 sq km of the Serengeti just seems to roll on and on and on. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. With its combination of plains, riverine forest and thorn scrub, Serengeti remains one of the most fascinating locations in the world to watch wildlife. The Serengeti's smoothly undulating grasslands are pierced again and again by trees and shrubs that camouflage the creatures that roam and dwell in this never-ending expanse. The Serengeti is also adorned with granite inselbergs known as 'Kopje' scattered across the landscape In fact the name Serengeti originates form the Maasai word 'siringit' which means the place where the land is endless. When at the Serengeti one says goodbye to civilisation as we know it and enters the territory where there are no footpaths but only furrowed trails spawned by generations of migrating wildebeest, where The Lion is the undisputed de facto king, elephants trumpet as they uproot whole trees, the hacksaw cough of a prowling leopard echoes in the near distance and Maasai with their cherry shukas and gleaming spears herd their livestock and share this wild meadowlands with zebra, Cheetahs and Buffalo. During the great migration around end of June, the yellowish green plains turn black as hordes of Wildebeest march unrelentingly towards the Kenyan border, destination Maasai Mara for the plush vegetation. The Wildebeest, Zebra and Thompson Gazelle begin the journey back to the Serengeti around November when the succulent grasslands of the Maasai Mara have been exhausted. Between May and October the oceans of grass in the Serengeti are teeming with wildlife. Impala, Warthogs, Gazelles, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Caracal Giraffes, Coke's hartebeest, Hyena, Wild dog, Jackal, Elephant, Hippo, Eland, Monkeys and Ostrich can all be spotted in the Serengeti. As for birdwatchers birds like Raptors, Eagles, Ruppell's Griffon Vultures, Hawks and Harrier among other birds dash about the Serengeti. If you're adventurous you can take a game drive to the secluded Salei plains which are known as cheetah country. A safari in the Serengeti is a perfect way to view wildlife and breathtaking sceneries.

There are many resorts that will guarantee your utmost comfort by pampering you while you luxuriate in the African wilderness.

Faru Faru River Lodge is erected on a smoothly inclined hill overlooking the Grumeti River, where wildlife assembles all through the year. Faru Faru affords guests the occasion to experience an unforgettable safari set in a throwback Colonial safari camp. There are large windows where guests can observe the animals as they come to quench their thirst and take pictures too. The camp has mouth watering cuisine after which cocktails are served on the lush gardens that overlook the waterholes of the camp where animals come to drink water.

Sasakwa Lodge is perched on a hill over the undulating grasslands of the Serengeti. The lodge has explorer/colonial like architecture and deco that will throw one back to the early 2oth Century. The lodge has a breathtaking view of the Serengeti plains. The lodge has 7 chalets. Each Chalet is set on private and well manicured garden with a heated plunge pool. Each en suite Chalet has a private lounge embellished with antiques and spacious bedroom. The cuisine is a focuses on traditional foods that are delicately prepared and presented on lovely porcelain in an elegant dining room. In afternoon the gorgeous garden room plays host to a tea savouring session and at dusk it's the turn of the sophisticated bar to host cocktail sessions. Game drives and walks can be organised by the staff.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge The camp is perched on a hill and as a result is boasts of a grand panorama down into the across the extensive grasslands. It's famed as the home to the great migration.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge Serengeti Sopa lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park, and is the only tourism development in this section of the Park. Its an elegant secluded Lodge where you will enjoy unparalleled privacy and top service.

Klein's Camp The camp is made up of 10 cosy en suite chalets made of local rock and thatch with wooden floors and classic interiors. This camp is situated on the periphery of the Kuka Hills. The camp has breathtaking views of the Valley below.
About the Author
Jerry Wanga is editor of Naady. You can find more information about Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya safaris, as well as hotels and lodge bookings, on the website.
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