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07 May

3 Facts About Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Tanzania is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Africa, including the world-famous 5,700 square mile Serengeti National Park. Every year, more than 90,000 people from all over the world visit and take in the beauty of this region. Here are three things you may not have known about this world-famous national park:

Wildebeest Migration

Every December, in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania, you can find a massive migration of wildebeests through the lush grasslands. This may seem like a short-lived event, but it actually takes place over a fairly extensive trek that includes over 1 million wildebeest, 750,000 zebras, and hundreds of thousands of other game animals trailing after their wildebeest compatriates. These animals migrate through the grasslands because food is plentiful and the amount of rain here keeps the grass they eat replenished.

The Only Active Volcano in the Serengeti

You may be surprised to find that there is one active volcano in the region, Ol Doinyo Lengai. This behemoth expels carbonatite lava that turns white upon exposure to the air. During rainy weather, this ash can turn into a calcium-rich substance that is comparable to cement.

Serengeti Etymology

The word “Serengeti” comes from a Maasai term, ‘siringet’, which translates roughly to, “the place where the land runs on forever.” The Maasai themselves had been grazing their livestock in the region for centuries before the first European explorer, Oscar Baumann of Austria, visited this region in 1892. Shortly after, in the 1920s, the national park was established.

Thinking of taking a summer trip to Tanzania to see the annual migration? June through October are the best months for seeing all the game out on the plains. Don’t forget your US passport and Tanzania visa. If you need either–or both–in as little as one to two business days, call Texas Tower Houston today at (713) 874-1420.

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