5 Days on the Serengeti
One of the most famous protected habitats in the world, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park spans an ecosystem nearly untouched since the Pleistocene. From the central Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation borderlands, these grasslands sustain grand wildlife migrations: ecological rhythms tracked since humankind’s origins in East Africa. While befitting UNESCO status for its biodiversity, shifts in climate, poaching, and encroaching settlements risk this fragile environment.
Why the Maasai named this expanse an “endless plain” became quickly evident. Much of the soil is impenetrable to tree roots, a holdover from repeated volcanic eruptions and east to west winds. And the absence of dense brush enables the site’s main draw: sprawling migrations of wildebeest, zebras and their trailing predators.