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The Serengeti () ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located mainly in northern Tanzania and extends into south-western Kenya between 1 and 3 degrees south (latitudes) and between 34 and 36 degrees east (longitudes). It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Kenyan part of the Serengeti is known as Maasai Mara.

The Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment. The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves.

Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands. Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region.

There has been controversy about a proposed road to be built through the Serengeti.

Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language, Maa; specifically, "Serengit" meaning "Endless Plains".

Northern Tanzania Safari Guide: Including Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guides)

Philip Bruggs

This thoroughly updated new edition of Bradt's Northern Tanzania Safari Guide remains the only full-length guidebook focused exclusively on the northern part of the country and Zanzibar. Tailored closely to the requirements of anyone going on a safari to northern Tanzania, followed by a few days on Zanzibar, it provides far more detailed coverage of the local safari circuit and other main attractions than other guides. As such, it offers complete and detailed lodge listings and also goes into greater detail about wildlife and where to see it. It is also the only guide to include detailed information on the many new private concessions that have opened up. Bradt's Northern Tanzania is written by Philip Briggs, the world's leading writer of guidebooks to Africa, and Chris McIntyre, CEO of specialist Africa tour operator Expert Africa. The guide reflects the growing trend away from large lodges towards small exclusive eco-friendly camps in remote parts of the Serengeti and other major reserves and this edition is more critically selective than previous editions, detailing the best on offer in all price brackets. Also new for this edition is a 48-page colour field guide, detailing all species a visitor can expect to find on a safari in the northern circuit, making this guide the most authoritative source available. Northern Tanzania is an essential travel companion for both first-time visitors and seasoned safari-goers. Northern Tanzania is dominated by Africa's finest safari circuit. Centred on the legendary Serengeti National Park and its world-famous wildebeest migration, this circuit also incorporates the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks. Geographically it is one of the most varied regions in Africa, with a palm-fringed Indian Ocean coastline complemented by the scenic wonders of the Great Rift Valley, Africa's largest lake, and several impressive volcanically formed mountains, most notably snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and a popular goal for hikers. Lesser-known gems include the prehistoric rock art at Kondoa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the forested Arusha National Park and Amani Nature Reserve, and the spectacular Ol Doinyo Lengai – Africa's most active volcano. Tanzania is home to more than 100 ethnic groups, from the Arab-influenced Swahili of the coast to the traditionalist Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers of the Rift Valley, yet it takes pride in a long history of post-independence tolerance, stability and safety. Northern Tanzania offers spectacular game-viewing all year round, and supports some of the world's largest surviving populations of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle. Serviced by a well-developed safari industry, the superlative reserves of northern Tanzania are complemented by a stopover on the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar. With its atmospheric old town, idyllic beaches and offshore reefs teeming with marine life, it is every bit as evocative as its name.

The tourist travel & field guide of the Serengeti: National park

Veronica Roodt

The guide includes descriptions of places to see and things to do, natural history, and extensive sections on flora and fauna. Liberally illustrated with color and black/white photographs and drawings. Includes summary photo-checklists of the birds, mammals, and reptiles of the Serengeti.

Barefoot over the Serengeti

David Read

A real "Boy's Own" adventure - but Barefoot over the Serengeti is factual, not fiction. It is a unique and evocative tale of childhood adventure in a world that very few Europeans have experienced. In July 2015 David travelled his last safari accompanied by his family and hundreds of African and European friends.

Northern Tanzania: Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar

Philip Briggs

Tanzania has grown to be one of the top safari destinations in Africa. In this new edition of Northern Tanzania Africa expert, Philip Briggs, focuses solely on the northern region and Zanzibar, rather than the whole country. The guide includes extensive updates on the best accommodation in every price bracket and reflects the trend towards small exclusive eco-friendly camps in remote parts of the Serengeti and other reserves. There are new chapters on the North Coast and Usambara Mountains and in-depth coverage of Tanzania’s wildlife. Philip Briggs keeps readers up-to-date with the controversial proposal for a highway through the Serengeti.

Africa - 1983 - A Trip to Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti, and Lake Manyara in Tanzania, with Additional Adventures in Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire (Travel Logs Book 4)

Chris B. Allen

Trip description, illustrated with photos, for a tourist trip to Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire in late 1982 and early 1983, including a hike up Kilimanjaro, visits to game parks, and miscellaneous travel adventures.

Serengeti National Park Tanzania Africa: Mini Roadbook Adventure

Jérôme Hillaire

For over 15 years, my passion for nature has led me to explore the most remote corners of the planet. During my travels, I often met tourists looking for information. They did not know how to get to some magical places, where you can observe legendary animals like lions or leopards. They did not know how to get ready to stay in remote areas. That is why I want to share my experience. Here you will find essential information (simplified maps, the valuable GPS coordinates of the most remarkable sites in terms of wildlife and landscapes, essential tips about preparation and safety...) in order to organize your adventure and above all, to make it a truly memorable experience.

Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain

Mitsuaki Iwago

Photographs show each season on the Serengeti Plain of Eastern Africa and focus on migrations, predators, and the natural life cycle

Selling the Serengeti (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation)

Benjamin Gardner

Situating safari tourism within the discourses and practices of development, Selling the Serengeti examines the relationship between the Maasai people of northern Tanzania and the extraordinary influence of foreign-owned ecotourism and biggame- hunting companies. It looks at two major discourses and policies surrounding biodiversity conservation, the championing of community-based conservation and the neoliberal focus on private investment in tourism, and their profound effect on Maasai culture and livelihoods. This ethnographic study explores how these changing social and economic relationships and forces remake the terms through which state institutions and local people engage with foreign investors, communities, and their own territories. The book highlights how these new tourism arrangements change the shape and meaning of the nation-state and the village and in the process remake cultural belonging and citizenship.

Benjamin Gardner’s experiences in Tanzania began during a study abroad trip in 1991. His stay led to a relationship with the nation and the Maasai people in Loliondo lasting almost twenty years; it also marked the beginning of his analysis and ethnographic research into social movements, market-led conservation, and neoliberal development around the Serengeti.

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