The Serengeti is a vast, wild wonderland. It is well known as one of Africa’s most captivating safari regions. The number of animals living here is exceptionally amazing. Based on estimates, there are wildebeests in their millions; zebras and Thompson’s gazelles in their hundred thousands; and impalas, Grant’s gazelles, topis (tsessebe), hartebeests, elands and other antelopes in their ten thousands. All of these animals are hunted by an equally huge population of predators, including African wild dogs, caracal, mongoose, lions, cheetahs, and pythons.
Some of these prey animals dwell permanently in specific areas of the Serengeti, but animals such as wildebeests and zebras take part in a regular migration – an amazing spectacle that’s one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth.
The Serengeti National Park itself covers about 15,000km² of mostly flat or gently rolling grasslands, interspersed with the occasional rock outcrops, or kopjes. But this is just the centre of a whole ecosystem which covers more than double that area, and includes Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo Game Reserve, Loliondo Controlled Area, Maswa Game Reserve, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and also Kenya’s relatively small Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This combined area is often referred to as the Greater Serengeti area, or the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.