Turners springs serengeti Tanzania – Turner’s springs lies at the heart of Central Serengeti, a wonderfully remote and isolated location with thickets of bushes and acacia trees; the springs themselves are hidden and difficult to see, but the true attraction is that during the dry season these springs act as a magnet for wildlife providing the water they need, the springs are named after Myles Turner, who was chief game warden between 1956 and 1972, and due to his anti-poaching efforts we can now admire this magnificent spot in the Serengeti National Park.
At that time poaching was widespread and decimated elephants and rhinos across the African continent, and unfortunately even animals in Tanzania suffered the same fate, the situation began to improve when the ivory trade was banned at a global level; the population of elephants gradually began to increase in number, and some elephants came up here from neighbouring Kenya though without reaching the high number of previous decades, the game track starts from Seronera and heads directly eastward for 8 kms as it cuts across thick acacia woodlands punctuated with small open areas where many animals congregate.
The Turners springs serengeti Tanzania track offers fantastic viewing opportunities: it is common to see large groups of giraffes usually browsing in the acacia woods, large groups of buffalos and the leopards peering from the acacia trees that line the road.
But the setting is dominated by the three lion prides that reside here, in an area of only 15 kms in diameter, and have been studied by the Serengeti Lion Project for years.
Visitors regularly meet these wonderful golden felines on a game drive in this area.
Turner’s spring can be visited during the dry season, when the animals flock here due to the lack of water in the park; while in the green season they are less in number and the road is muddy and difficult to follow.
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists – many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
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