Masai Kopjes serengeti Tanzania – form the Eastern natural boundary of the magnificent Seronera Valley, massive stacks of rounded boulders often made hollow by erosion, that seem to have been heaped upon one another, rise above the landscape, abruptly interrupting the smooth skyline of the surrounding plain, while a lot of vegetation grows around the kopjes.
These kopjes are home to one of the Serengeti’s most legendary lion prides, called the Maasai Lion Pride, that, along with the Sametu Lion Pride, make up two of the biggest prides in the Serengeti Nationa Park; many generations of lions from these prides have been studied since 1966 under the Serengeti Lion Project.
The Masai Kopjes serengeti Tanzania is a must-see as this area offers tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities; you can either make several laps around the kopjes or reach the swamp South of the boulders, where you can spot the rare reedbucks.
Ostriches, leopards, waterbucks, Thomson gazelles, Grant gazelles, spotted hyenas and black-backed jackals can also be spotted.
From here you can reach the Sametu Kopjes and the Barafu Kopjes in a remote area of the park.
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.