This is the first of a four-part series on safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. I’ve picked four of the most breathtaking national parks in these two countries to highlight, and included a photo essay of some of my favourite photos taken of these parks.
The expansive plains of the Serengeti, dotted with herds of roaming impalas, topis, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and zebras, and the brilliant blue sky above is a breathtaking sight not to be missed. The Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest and most famous, extends from the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the shores of Lake Victoria. The variety and number of animals that can be found here is absolutely staggering.
A drive through this enormous park reveals the splendor of its flora and fauna: the massive flat plains broken only by the occasional acacia tree; the lush forests along the shores of its rivers and streams that harbour its hippos, crocodiles, leopards, sable cats, lions, rock hyrax and amazing birdlife; and the stunning blue sky with its intriguing cloud formations. This is African nature at its best!
Spend sufficient time here to enjoy the sights and serenity this park offers. Go for various game drives or just laze by the hotel pool and listen to the birds; book a hot air balloon flight (especially if you’re there during the wildebeest migration season between July and November); or hide out at a watering hole and watch the animals drop by for a drink. The Serengeti is one of those places on Earth that is truly magical.
Scroll down for some of my best pictures of this truly enchanting park. Read the other editions of this African safari series: ‘The Splendor of Lake Nakuru‘, ‘The Majestic Masaai Mara‘ and the ‘Splendid Tarangire‘.