Let’s face it, almost everyone who has ever lived and heard of Africa, has also heard of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This is one of those iconic locations that you know is the stuff of fables – from that remote and ancient shared human consciousness and pre-history that goes back before the dawn of the first humans. The Serengeti is truly one of the beating hearts of the earth and is one of the most important ecosystems to have come into existence. The Serengeti is home to millions of animals which are intricately connected in a chain of organisation that spans the entire continent of Africa, even into the Sahara and beyond.
Sighting the Big 5
The Serengeti Safari is one of the most famous places to get sightings of what tourists and park rangers call the “Big 5”. The buffalo, the African elephant, the leopard, the lion and two types of rhinoceros (black and white) are the main five rare and endangered animals which are protected in the national park and in many other parts of Africa. These animals are on the brink of extinction. Of the five animals listed above, you will probably not be able to see a white rhino in the Serengeti as they are native to the more southern parts of Africa, especially in the Swaziland. But the Serengeti is one of the perfect places to see the rarer black rhino.
Tips & Tricks for Getting Great Shots
If you are taking photos of the magnificent African wildlife, it can be very time consuming to get just the right photo. In fact, many photographers do not realise that the biggest trait they need to cultivate is patience! Often people just drive by too fast and do not take the time to observe other animals, therefore they miss the Big 5. If you want to take pictures of the biggest African animals, especially the predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards, then you will definitely need to study the animals’ behaviour and predict and plan your routes accordingly so you have plenty of opportunities to come across a specimen that you can take a picture of.
Working With Professionals
One of the most important things whenever you are going on an African safari, especially in the Serengeti National Park, is to make sure you are working with professional guides, rangers and photographers. By cooperating with or hiring the services of such professionals, you have a far better chance of seeing the wildlife you were hoping to see.
The Serengeti provides plenty of ideal locations to find many African animals in their natural habitats. You will also have the benefit of being able to take beautiful photographs in the natural wilderness of Africa so that you can truly appreciate this remarkable corner of the world that so many people are dreaming about visiting.
If you have never been to Africa, then perhaps now is the time to begin planning and saving for your first trip!
AA: Encompass Africa is a safari and wilderness tour operator that based in Australia. They serve mainly Australians who wish to go to see the amazing continent of Africa, but they also serve any other international travellers who are interested. Consider using Encompass Africa if you want to see the Serengeti.