Welcome to Serengeti National Park
In 1913 Stewart Edward White, an American hunter, wrote in his journal: "We walked for miles over burnt out country... Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise."
He had entered the vast and seemingly endless Maasai land of Siringitu - “the place where the land moves on forever."
Still, to this day, the mere mentioning of the name Serengeti conjures up images of an Africa at its most wild and beautiful. And of course, the unrestrained natural force of hundreds of thousands migrating gnu and zebra, thundering hooves making the earth vibrate and the dust rise to cloud the sun.
It is an annual survival of the fittest as the sea of bodies billow forward over the plains and plunge through crocodile-infested rivers.
Serengeti National Park is the oldest and most popular national park in Tanzania Even when the migration is quiet, the rich diversity that spreads in front of you is difficult to do justice to in words. Buffalos, giraffes, various gazelles and antelopes, ostriches and warthogs are plentiful on the plains, as are their predators of hyenas, jackals and cats. Hippos, crocodiles, giant catfish and waders fill the waters. Elephant and giraffe roam the woodlands while hyraxes and pythons bask in the sun in rocky kopjes. From high above, the vultures and eagles keep a close watch over this Eden. You will certainly want at least a few days to feel and experience as much as possible of the magnificent wildlife and topography which the Serengeti has to offer.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth and has barely changed in the past million years. It is a World Heritage site where the patterns of life, adaptation, migration and death are as old as the surrounding hills themselves.
German veterinarian, Bernard Grzimek wrote: 'Must everything be turned into deserts, farmland, big cities, native settlements and dry bush? One small part of the continent at least should retain its original splendor so that the black and white men who follow us will be able to see it in its awe-filled past glory.
His battle cry was, 'Serengeti, at least, shall not die.'
Photo by Michael Lund-Markussen