Apr 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Trek to the Serengeti

For adventure-seeking seniors, the Serengeti offers the chance to explore one of Earth’s most iconic and mesmerizing wildernesses, a world where lions still rule supreme and nature doesn’t close after business hours. We have all seen pictures of the annual migration across the Serengeti Plaines of the wildebeest and a host of other animals, especially as the crocs lie in wait for another meal.  This area of Africa is unlike any other in the world. Around October, nearly two million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River, in pursuit of the rains.

The Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in north Tanzania and extends to south-western Kenya and spans some 12,000 square miles. The Serengeti hosts the largest mammal migration in the world, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The region contains several national parks and game reserves. Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language; specifically, “Serengit” meaning “Endless Plains”. Approximately 70 larger mammal and some 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, grasslands and woodlands.

Seniors Enjoy Wildlife Sanctuary

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of the unique spectacular – the annual Serengeti migration.

Of course seniors if you go there, you will more than likely want to time your trip in order to see this mass migration that begins by the wildebeests, gazelles and zebra’s own innate biological triggers determined to search for water and greener pastures. The migration attracts diverse species of predators: Hyenas, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Crocodiles, Pythons etc. Over a million wildebeests begin their circumambulation of the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.  Over half a million Burchells Zebras and Thompson’s gazelles participate in the traditions of the Serengeti.

The wildebeest migration passes through the Serengeti National Park between December and September, however this is not set in stone so it is best to consult experts for the best time to travel to the Serengeti. Game viewing in the Serengeti is a year-round activity, the only times of the year you might want to avoid are the 2 rainy seasons (March to April and October to November).

A Go2Africa travel guide has travel deals, accommodations, what seniors can see and do, a wildlife guide and many travel tips. I would suggest that you learn a few words in Swahili prior to a visit just to be “social” with the locals. If you would like more words, try this site.

So bone up on your animal identification, bring lots of sunscreen and proper clothing, know the facts and enjoy this safari trip of a lifetime. Alamski for now. jeb

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