If you’re visiting the Serengeti for the first time, you’ve probably made the best trip decision in your entire life because this expansive game reserve offers a bucketful of experiences like no other in the globe.
Tanzania is one of the three East African countries with a Swahili culture. The national language is Kiswahili and if you plan to visit the Serengeti, be sure to sample some of their local dishes and lifestyle as you enjoy your safari.
Located in Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya, Serengeti is one of the most important safari circuits in the region and the fact that it straddles the Kenyan border with Tanzania is evidence of what a valuable asset it has become to the economies of both countries. Below are some ten interesting facts about the park.
The park is home to one of the world’s seven natural wonders. The great migration that transfixes the world is experienced here. It involves 2 million wildebeests and 200,000 zebras crossing the river Mara into Kenya and vice versa.
Olduvai Gorge, the location of early man that was discovered by famed palaeontologist Richard Leakey is found in the park.
About a third of the animals never make it back after crossing the Mara river as they fall prey to the ravenous crocodiles of the Mara.
The park is nestled between 3,000 to 6000 feet above sea level. It has a dry climate most of the year but receives abundant rainfall from June to August each year.
Serengeti is home to the only active volcano in the area the Ol Donyo Lengai. It produces mineral-rich lava that is washed down the plains to enrich the soil.
The park is home to a large population of herbivores or foliage eating wild animals including elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, gazelles, antelopes, and buffaloes. But it also hosts a sizeable population of carnivores including lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals.
Serengeti is the original land for the Maa speaking community. These are the ancestors to the present-day Maasai who live in both Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the authentic African tribe that still practices cultural rituals such as animal sacrifices and traditional dancing. One of their favourite dishes is raw meat and blood.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. It consists of diverse flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Maasai people have been known to graze their livestock on Serengeti which means “endless plains”.
The park is home to more than 500 species of birds some of which can only be seen here.
The Serengeti receive an excess of 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world. This number does not include local tourists./p>
There are about 120 tribes that live in Tanzania. And every tribe has its own unique culture and customs. But the language of Kiswahili has played a significant role in uniting the tribes into one cohesive nation./p>
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