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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.

Serengeti Magic

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‘.

topi - one of my favourite photos
topis
Serengeti plains
Serengeti plains
gazelles
impalas
young giraffe
young giraffe
Serengeti sky
Serengeti sky
cute rock hyrax
cute rock hyrax
lions in the shade
lions in the shade

22 Responses

  • no kidding! it’s a kind of magic alright! you’ve got some amazing shots there. the sun rays are bouncing off the topis! the giraffe looks like it’s swaying.. ! how did u do that.. grrrr 😉

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  • Where did you stay in the Serengeti? I love those cuddly hyraxes. Do you know they’re related to elephants?

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  • the first pic is my favl!! look at the legs and elegancy of that thing, the strike of light and the magic of it all! almost fantasy! again, congrats! 🙂

  • The picture of the tree with the Serengetti sky made me wol (wow out loud) lol.

  • Then you’ll love two of the posts in this series! More photos to get you going! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  • I am so sad that we didn’t make it to the Serengetti! Can you believe it? We climbed Kilimanjaro instead and then decided to fly to Zanzibar instead of Safari. We had to skip Kenya while we were there because of the Civil unrest, so we will just have to go back to see Kenya and the Serengetti. Your photos make me really want to go now!

  • I can’t wait for the entire series! As you may already know, safari is tops on my life’s must-do list! Hopefully, soon!!!!

  • Keith, can you tell me if that is a male or female giraffe and why?
    (Just checking how much you know! :-))

  • Haha! I think it’s a female giraffe. Something about having shorter necks than males? Or am I not even close?! 🙂

  • Thanks Amy. Yes, the diversity of the wildlife there is just phenomenal. Thanks for commenting.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  • Thanks for your comment Brian. I can certainly recommend Tanzania. It is so different, and Zanzibar is a gem!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  • never made it to the Serengeti, but had a fantastic time in Kenya, several years ago. Visited Samburu, Lake Nakura, Sweetwaters Camp and Masai Mara. Planning on returning some time :o)

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