Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Africa Safari - Tanzania
Serengeti comes from the Maasai word "Siring" meaning "Endless Plain", which really is what it means: hundreds of kilometers of flat surface land, better termed "The Sea of Grass On Plains". The first understanding about Serengeti comes from its distinction of the ecosystem from the Serengeti National Park itself. The ecosystem encompasses the following: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in the south east, Ikorongo, Grumeti and Maswa Game Reserves in the western pockets, the Loliondo Game Control Area (also known as government approved hunting blocks) in the north east, and in the north by the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, thus the Serengeti National Park itself is cushioned within these game control and reserves. The Serengeti ecosystem is approximately 27,000 square kilometers and the park is documented at 14,763 square kilometers.
It is informative to learn about the chronology in the establishment of Serengeti National Park: in 1929, 2,286 square kilometers of land was granted "Game Reserve" status by the colonial British government. In 1940, the Serengeti Game Reserve was enlarged to include protecting more biodiversities native to the area. A formal "National Park" status was granted in 1951 by the ruling colonial government with a further increase in size to 25,500 square kilometers; this size included the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This lasted till 1959, when Ngorongoro Crater was incised into an independent Conservation Area. This separation yet seamless integration of the Serengeti National Park with Ngorongoro Conservation Area can be see when you drive through the gravel roads of the Conservation Area, directly entering Naabi Hill gate in Serengeti National Park. World recognition was awarded to the Serengeti National Park in 1981 when it was granted status as a World Heritage Site and as a Biosphere Reserve.
Although this paper on the Serengeti National Park was written to serve AfricanMecca guests with quality, credible and reliable information about the resources in our homeland, we encourage visitors in general to understand what it is that makes the Serengeti tick? What is it that makes the Serengeti what it is? How does the environment and nature come to play its part in the Serengeti? We would like to formally state this because many guests sometimes overlook the superb theatrics being played out, and it is our desire to encourage our guests to have a personal connection to the Serengeti, which would also make their safari journey an incredible experience.
Facts On Serengeti National Park
• The Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania, adjacent to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
• The Serengeti ecosystem includes 2 countries: Tanzania and Kenya
• In Kenya, the Serengeti ecosystem is renowned as Masai Mara National Reserve.
• Serengeti National Park is 14,763 square kilometers.
• First detailed research on the Serengeti ecosystem was undertaken by two German Nationals (father and son), Dr. Bernhard and Michael Grizmek. The details of their findings and stories on the Serengeti are documented in a book called "Serengeti Shall Not Die."
• The Serengeti National Park has many rivers flowing through it, permanent and seasonal, including the Seronera River, Mara River, Grumeti River and Orangi River.
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