Serengeti National Park, is located in Northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes.
The central Seronera Valley is dotted with acacia woodlands that are prowled by leopards. The Serengeti Visitor Center has wildlife exhibits. Along the nearby Seronera River are shallow pools like the Retima Hippo Pool, where hippos keep cool in the muddy waters. To the north, near Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the Bologonja Springs pool and salt deposits attract rich birdlife and game, including elephants and giraffes. Ranger-led safaris and hot-air balloon trips seek out the park’s large population of lions and other “big 5” game, plus cheetahs, jackals and hundreds of bird species.