The Masai word Serengeti means endless plains, which is a perfect description of this magnificent area of over 6000 square miles. Arguably the most famous destination for safaris in Africa, the vast, open plains of the Serengeti epitomize, are for many, what Africa is all about. In the Serengeti National Park, the grasslands are roamed by millions of wildebeests, zebras, and others, while being stalked by some of the continent’s fiercest predators, the mighty lion, the leopard, and the cheetah.
This stunning eco-system, part of the Serengeti grassland plains, has long been held as a must see destination, in part for the diversity and number of animals, but also for the uniqueness of this environment which, while often thought of as the norm in Africa, is actually quite rare. Loosely speaking, the southern plains of the Serengeti, around the Ndutu Plains, and the northern plains of the Lamai Wedge and into the Masai Mara, Kenya, are the two main feeding grounds for the wildebeest herds and they oscillate between the two on a yearly basis. In between these two open plains, there is a series of small ravines, rivers, and bushes, or scrublands. This area of the Serengeti National Park is a predators’ delight with plenty of places to lay in and wait for the unsuspecting calves as they begin their own safari, moving north and south.