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Serengeti National Parks
 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

"The Serengeti Park"

Although thousands of writers have used the power of the pen, to put down their ideas on paper, in many different ways about the Serengeti national park, their work may be summed up in a few words only: from the wildlife point of view "The Serengeti national park is the most unique area in the world”.

 

Serengeti – a name that seems to conjure up all that is wildest in wildest Africa is the oldest, second largest and best known national park in Tanzania. Admittedly, over the years it ha been at the forefront of international research on various ecological monitoring programmes and other related disciplines leading ot ecosystem dynamics as well as the development of conservation management.

 

This be chunk of land with an area of 14, 763sq km was first protected in 1921 and it became the first national park in 1951.  Its Diamond jubilee was celebrated in January 1981.

 

HISTORY

The park borders the ngorongoro conservation area; to the south there is the maswa game  reserve while to the north there is the Kenya – Tanzania border which forms the boundary with the maasai mara national reserve of Kenya.

 

 

 

The same road branches off at ikizu and continues to bunda and mwanza to the west. From arusha,  one may drive south – westerly on a tarmac road for about 80km, then branch off to the right at makuyuni n a equally good tarmac road for about 80km to lodoare gate on the periphery of the ngorongoro highlands. From the gate to seronera in the Serengeti national park, the stretch is an all weather raod.

 

The name Serengeti is derived from the maasai word “ Siringet”, which means, “ and extended area or endless plain”. A corridor extends to within 8km of the shores of lake Victoria. An all weather murram road connets seronera and ndabaka Gate which serves visitors from mwanza or musoma via bunda. There is also an all weather murram road which joins seronera and musoma via the ikoma gate.

  • Forest: Evergreen forest – the forest is limited to riverine and springhead stands
  • Woodland : - Semi – deciduous woodland dominated by Combretum and Terminalia spp- semi – deciduous to deciduous thorn – tree woodland which is dominated by Acacia and Commiphora species.