Serengeti – The World’s Unchanged surprise

Serengeti – The World’s Unchanged surprise




Since 1913, the plains also referred to as “the high noble arc of the cloudless African sky,” have been paradise almost for all of us including the white who have frequented the place. Known to the Masai as “Siringitu” (the place where the and moves on forever), the plains fill the southern part of the Serengeti and are the main reasons for the world migrations.

The ecosystem of Serengeti has not changed in the past million years and consequently the oldest ecosystem on earth. Features like climate, fauna, and vegetation have not changed and don’t show signs of changing.

The Serengeti vicinity is comprised of the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas Maswa Game save, the Loliondo, and the Maasai Mara National save in Kenya.

The Serengeti is famous for its wildebeests’ migration, where by over millions of wildebeest and zebras move from south to the northern hills and back to the south. The animals have been moving this cycle since ancient times that no lions or crocodile infested river can stop them from moving.

The Wildebeest travel by a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and by a variety of habitat. Join us to analyze the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.

Kopjes in Serengeti

You can call them fire barriers but Kopjes do protect the rest of Serengeti from grass fires. They also provide more water i the ground around them, holes, caves for animals and at some point for hunters too. Animal species in the kopjes range from insect, snakes, lizard to small mammals like mice and shrews up to the large mammals like Lions and cheetahs. It is a home for hundreds of scarce plant species that can not be found in the rest of the Serengeti grass lands.

Woodlands

Serengeti has three types of woodlands Combretum, Molle/Terminalia mollis woodlands that occur in the north of the park that is the highest rain fall area. It has large trees which are old with limited or no seedlings. The woodlands are mixed with hilltop thickets of Croton dichogamus/ teclea trichocarpa which are currently failing.

Animals in Serengeti

The Big Five

The Lion, the Leopards, buffaloes, elephants and the Rhinos are referred to as the big five. They were given this name because they were the fiercest and most dangerous animals; that would already hunt the hunters. They would hide in tall grass and then attack the hunters without his consent. This was 100 years ago but now people hunt with magnified lenses and they don’t have to be so near to the animal. Today these animals are already more interesting than the earlier hunters knew. They pass by the camps at night while you sleep. Serengeti is one of the places in Africa where you can find the big Five.

The little Five

The can be found behind the stone, hidden in the grass and high on an Acacia branch. For an expert who might be wondering about the opposite of the big five, they might not be alluring but they might provide an different tour that might turn out to be astonishing. The little five include the ant lion, the Rhino beetle, the elephant shrew, buffalo weaver and the leopard tortoise which are fascinating and very interesting. These are also house in Serengeti.

Bird and Reptiles.

Flying over the long grass plains, you seek a snake eagle fall like a stone. a few seconds later you see i up flying carrying a long brown snake over the means causing a reflex action in our bodies. The whole things turns out to be interesting having seen the flyer with the crawler. These two groups have been ignored by people while in Serengeti. however the birds are the most different life forms on earth ranging from herbivores, insectivores, predators and scavengers. Serengeti hosts more than 540 bird species of which some are residents and others are migrants.

Serengeti has a large number of reptiles that crawl, crawl and glide. These mostly include lizards, skinks, and snakes which satisfy on the abundant insects and rodents in the grass. The king of crawlers the crocodile that weighs 100 pounds and over 5 metres long in the enormous fresh waters.

Insects

Serengeti has low numbers of insects and this can be easily noticed. Stories roam by people’s minds that there are lots of sharp creepy and crawly things in Africa. In Serengeti its not the case, the place has less stinging and sharp insects compared to North America. Some of the shared insects in the parks are termites, grasshoppers, dung beetles, ants and butterflies.

Life of animals in the plains.

A good eyesight and the herding behaviour protects the herbivore to include the wildebeests, zebras and other gazelles from their predators. However the night is the time for the predators like the hyenas, leopards and lions to hunt their prey. That’s why in the evenings the Zebras disappear as the sun goes down in the Serengeti. Most of the animals find a safe place to role up while others are waking up and looking forward to the darkness

The Migration; rare and Spectacular event of the Year.

The wildebeest migration takes place between November and July following the rains. They migrate from the south of the Serengeti plains heading towards central and the west in Grumeti game save and Lake Victoria in search for fresh pasture. Later in July they migrate north east of Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya. The most tricky and demanding task is in Grumeti and Mara rivers in the west and north respectively. Animals get drown or caught by crocodiles, where as others pass that point the Lions are anxiously waiting for them the other side. In November when the pasture get depleted in the north the animals move back to this army of animals surges back to the now green pastures of the Serengeti south and Ngorongoro in addition as Maswa Game save. The hot air balloon is the best way to observe these animals move or walk, they are amazing! Usually after the balloon you are welcomed to a buffet breakfast with champagne and then later issued with a certificate given.




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