Tanzania is one of the most richly endowed countries in Africa, and indeed the world at large in terms of eye-catching tourist attraction sites. Tanzania is located in East Africa and neighbors Kenya to the North, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the South, Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the Indian Ocean to the East. Whenever tourism in Tanzania is mentioned, one thing springs to mind; Serengeti National Park. Even though numerous other attractions such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Lake Manyara, this national Park stands out as Tanzania’s best tourist attraction.
Every year between the months of July to December, a one-of-a-kind spectacle occurs at the Serengeti National Park as the wildebeests and zebras cross over to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya; this has been officially regarded as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The manner in which the millions of wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras cross over from the Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve via the Mara River is extremely captivating at the very least. This spectacle is occasioned by capturing of numerous wildebeests and zebras by the lethal crocodiles that are found in the Mara River.
No one is allowed to inhabit in any place within the Serengeti National Park except for researchers and employees of the numerous recreational facilities found at the park. The Serengeti National Park is broadly subdivided into 3 main divisions; the Western corridor, Serengeti plains and Northern Serengeti.
Among the wild animals present at the Western corridor include gigantic eagles, various species of monkeys and crocodiles. This area is also characterized by savannahs that are swampy. On the other hand, the Serengeti plains are well known for harboring deadly snakes such as pythons, impalas, waterbucks and butchell’s zebra just but to mention a few. The plains are characterized by excellent grassland that has barely any tree and gazelles are also predominant animal species in this region of the Serengeti National Park. As opposed to the treeless grasslands in the Serengeti plains, the Northern Serengeti is characterized by woodlands that are open.
This region hosts various animal species such as dik diks and Loxodanta africana (elephant). Commiphora species are also evident in this region and they dominate the vegetation. The Serengeti National Park is extremely unique in that it has all the ‘Big Five’ wild animals i.e. the lion, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard and the elephant. These offer visitors an unparalleled experience as far as the marvels of nature are concerned. The Serengeti National Park is not only famed for its giant mammals; over 600 species of birds are present and more that 90 species of the dung beetle.
The extensive range covered by the Serengeti National Park is equal in size to the entire nation of Northern Ireland. This is testament to the magnitude of the park and the array of sceneries on offer simply leaves visitors amazed. The spectacular hills found inside the Serengeti National Park are so wonderful and these are coupled with giant ant-hills that are scattered all over the place. The Serengeti National Park also offers an excellent chance for visitors to experience the tenacity and strength of predators as they go about their day to day business of hunting for food. It is such kind of experiences that have made the Serengeti National Park an excellent platform for research; scholars travel from all parts of the world to carry out practical analysis of this fantastic ecosystem. The vegetation present at the Serengeti National Park is simply breathtaking; it ranges from the plain grasslands in the south to the bushy grasslands in the north.
The magical touch of nature at the Serengeti National Park is highlighted by the fact that it is bordered by the resplendent Maasai Mara National Reserve in the neighboring country of Kenya. Even though the Serengeti National Park is easily one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, it was recently marred by controversy. This was brought about by the incumbent Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, after he proposed construction of a highway inside the Serengeti National Park. Undoubtedly, this would have not only endangered the existence of the various wild animals at the Serengeti National Park but also degrade the entire ecosystem. The proposed plan faced widespread criticism from all kinds of sources, more-so environmental conservationists and natural resource management strategists from Africa and the world at large. This plan was ultimately shelved and as such, the Serengeti National Park remains intact for the world to enjoy the numerous marvels of nature on offer.