Across the border with Tanzania from the Masai Mara NR, the immense and majestic Serengeti National Park extends for 14,763 sq kms, through Acacia woodlands and infinite grass plains where giant Kopjes rise like icebergs from the sea. The Serengeti ecosystem lies between Lake Eyasi to the South, Lake Victoria to the West and the Masai Mara NR in Kenya to the North. Towards the East, Serengeti NP borders the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stretching for 8,288 sq kms towards the impressive craters of the Rift Valley such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the still active Ol Donyo Lengai. The Serengeti (meaning “Land of Endless space” in Maasai language) Ecosystem is one of the most prolific places to see an extraordinary variety and quantity of wildlife. In particular, during the wet months of December to March the Wildebeests’ migration gathers on the short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti and the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area to give birth to their calves. Here the soil is particularly rich in minerals and nutrients, ideal to support the calves in the first few months of their lives.
One of the most fascinating features of this area are the majestic Kopjes, huge granite boulders that rise from the plains, formed by millions of years of erosion of the ashy soil around them. Here Lions and Cheetahs find shelter and shade, and enjoy an extraordinary vantage point to scan the plains below for prey or danger. And it is an extraordinary spectacle to watch as thousands and thousands of Wildebeests, Zebras and Thomson’s Gazelles fill the green plains, as far as the eye can see. No picture or words can describe the emotion of being part of this natural spectacle, being alone among thousands of animals grazing, their obsessive calls resonating for miles, the lifeblood of the Ecosystem.