Serengeti National Park

It is one of the most famous parks in the whole of East Africa, with its stunning plains landscapes punctuated by stony hills, lodges often at the top of luxury, and of course the great wildebeest migration One of the most fabulous natural shows in the world … the Serengeti alone is the focal point of all the magic of safaris.

  And it is said here that the infinitely flat has the green skin of an almond … On nearly 15 000 km2, in the heart of a protected area including among others the Masai Mara of neighboring Kenya, the Serengeti is part of the One of the largest ecosystems in Africa. From March to May, thanks to the great rain, or after the small one, from October to November, the place is for herbivores the most precious of the kingdoms, deploying between 900 and 1900 meters of altitude a dense grass, Delicious, that one would say laid on a ground sanded to perfection, as tight as a felt billiard. But a felt with changing tones, in watercolor greens, light, velvety, dilated to the four corners of the horizon, their bottom of pale grass, sometimes speckled with spots of zinc or oxidized copper.port of a Cessna taxi, the felt in question seems so tenuous that it would almost let the flesh of the earth pierce beneath it. From time to time, some acacia umbrella heads come mark the surface of a dark loneliness, and elsewhere, as big as three apples but proud as breasts of midinettes, scattered “kopje” leave shamelessly pointing at the immensity of jade their nipplesgranite.But nature has here as everywhereIts moods, and this harmony pant has only one time. The immense tray always ends up of June by intensely browning under the yoke of the sun, borrowing first to the brightest gold of its bursts, but then turning quickly to the burned … Leaving the plains of volcanic ash in the south-east of Serengeti where they are in the habit of electing their winter quarters. wildebeest go direct towards the north of the Park, crossing the extent of their obstinate steps, their disproportionate headspendulating from top to bottom at the end of a bony body. Thousands, hundreds of thousands of animals, progressing in columns in a magma of dust and in a noise.

  Accompanied in their journey of survival by incalculable herds of zebras, Cape elk, Thomson gazelles, Which is one of the most striking natural spectacles of the world … Of the tender green-of-gray which they raised recently, the plains of the Serengeti have become black, black of the skin of beasts, black of will, black of millions of hoofs raised in cadence by the force of the exodus. No wonder two of the very first lodges in Tanzania, 40 years ago, saw the birth of tourism in the region, one in the heart of plains, on the side of Seronera, the other at Lobo, in the north corridor leading to the Masai Mara. Placed on the nipple of a pigeoning kopje, the latter offers from its terraces a breathtaking view on the passages taken by the beasts … Which, here, begin to glimpse the end of their way, on condition evidently to have escaped the hard tooth of wandering lions, or simply the first fatigues and the wounds … It is not finished, certainly, there is still a trotte, it will finally have to face the impetuous current of the river Mara and avoid the jaw without remission of crocodiles, but Kenya is looming, and With him, for the gnus, the promised grass … The fabulous procession is renewed every year, one way and the other, not surprising either that in parallel to the “old” lodges precursors implanted in sites of exception, have developed around them Also exceptional, to the extent of venues and their show outside the common … A splendid collection Lodges or canvas camps, more or less large, sometimes confidential, scattered in the northern corridor as well as that of the west leading to the lake Victoria, where discrete evidence the dispute often to a very luxurious sure of him, and, for their guests privileged, a service almost as starry as a night sky.

The Great Migration of the wildebeest

  The vegetation of the southern plains of the Serengeti drying up with the end of the rains, in May, the wildebeests soon head north towards Kenya (July-August): 1.3 million beasts form columns Up to 40 kilometers long, bringing in their wake some 200,000 zebras and 300,000 gazelles from Thomson or Grant … A real animal tsunami, grazing on its way 4000 tons of fodder per day, crossing streams always in the same places, and that the resumption of rains in October-November finally invites the opposite way. That is, a total journey of 800 kilometers carried out at a rate of 10 kilometers per day, for a loss of about 5% of the workforce. But the herd is not in danger: having fertilized a few weeks before the beginning of the migration, the females return to the south of the Serengeti to give birth, after eight and a half months of a nomadic gestation, and not less of 8000 small wildebeests that are born per day during three weeks, in February-March ..

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