Siringit comes from the Maasai word endless plain, and there’s no doubt that today the plains of the Serengeti National Park still offer one of the greatest concentrations of plain animal left on earth. That said, almost 65% of the Serengeti is woodland or bush, so there’s plenty of varied habitat for a variety of animals.
Declared a Game Reserve in 1929, then Tanganyika’s first national park in 1951 the park today covers 14,762km sq – around the size of Northern Ireland. It’s in the center of the Serengeti ecosystem, surrounded with adjoining buffer zones including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, four Game Reserves, one Game Controlled Area and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya….all of which protects the wildebeest migration – the largest single movement of wildlife on earth
The park is split into 5 distinct habitats:
The Western Corridor stretches almost to the shores of Lake Victoria, and an important part of ancient migratory routes each June and July.
The northern woodlands – bordering the Masai Mara 0 are used by the migrating wildebeest from July to December each year, along with their entourage of other migrants – and the predators that follow them.
The grass plains of the Serengeti are world-renown, and some of the most productive and natural grasslands anywhere. This area of the Serengeti National Park provides a home to grazing species from January to May each year.
Dotted around the park are picturesque rocky outcrops known as “kopjes”. Made of ancient granite, these rocks provide shelter and capture water for a wealth of plants and wildlife.