Seronera is one of many world famous attractions in the Central Serengeti. Seronera Valley supports a much greater diversity of resident wildlife than anywhere else in the Serengeti including elephant, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, topi, reedbuck, buffalo and baboon. This resident prey in turn attracts the highest concentrations of large predators in Africa (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) and a multitude of smaller predators (mongoose, jackal, serval and bat-eared fox).
This is an area live plenty of animals whose way of making a living is radically different from those of other animals, the Big Cat! They must eat meat,and that means they must kill in order to get their meal. There is simply no better place in Africa to observe large carnivores in action! Excellent encounters are available year round and it is not unusual to encounter all four large predators (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) during the course of a day along with a multitude of smaller predators (mongoose, serval, fox and jackal). Seronera is actually derived from the Maasai word 'siron' meaning the place of the bat-eared fox.
The Seronera River,offers opportunities to witness the drama between the big cats and other animals who come to drink from this river, with its seasonal swamps and deep pools of water, is ideal leopard and lion habitat and there is perhaps no easier place to see both these species of big cats in action.The Seronera lion pride base themselves along the river where they ambush their prey. Leopards are commonly spotted in the branches of the sausage trees. A study found that a portion of the Seronera River boasts the highest concentration of leopards in Africa.There intense competition among big cats along Seronera River.
This area is the best hippo viewing point in the Serengeti. The most unique feature and compelling draw for visitors to the Retima hippos Pool is that they are allowed to leave the vehicle and view the hippos and sometime crodile on foot. Great photography opportunities on this hippos play ground.
Moru area lies southwest of central serenget, home to the black rhino. Moru Kopjes is home to the remaining population of black rhinos in the park. The Serengeti Rhino Project has a visitor's center here where one can learn more about the conservation strategies being employed. Another highlight at Moru is Gong Rock where a short walk leads to a series of Maasai paintings.The big heard of buffaloes frequently this area,on a good day you can spot The Big 5 within a few ours of the game drive.
Maasai Kopjes gives a beautiful scenery for game viewing.It’s on this rocks outcrop the maasai lived before they were banned to live in Serengeti. The craggy hollows and smooth granite crests of these towering granite kopjes are home to one of the Serengeti Lion Project's most studied prides, called the Maasai lion pride. The nearby swamp, where the rare Bohor reedbuck can be found, is also the famous hunting spot for the resident lion pride. Kopjes are remarkable in that they have their own little ecosystem with a range of vegetation and wildlife including hyrax, mongoose, lizards and birds.
Simba Kopjes are the tallest kopjes in the park and a regular haunt for lions. The Simba Kopjes rise like giant sentinels on the open plains and, as the name suggests, are a good place to spot lions. The highest kopje is called Soit Naado Murt (in Maasai, the Long-necked Stone). There are several game loops that encircle the kopjes and there is a small hippo pool to the south. To the west lies the shallow and saline Lake Magadi. The glass-like waters of Lake Magadi are a great spot for pink flamingoes.
These long grass plains are home to the great legions of zebra. The zebra migration differs from the wildebeest and gazelle migration in terms of the range of habitat. Zebras prefer the coarser grass found on these long grass plains while wildebeest and gazelle prefer the short, more nutritious grass found on the short grass plains further to the south. One of the more interesting features of the long grass plains are the towering clay castles constructed by one of the smallest creatures, the termite
The prey rich area of Makoma is a famous hunting ground for lions, cheetahs and hyenas. There is tremendous conflict in this area between lions, hyenas and cheetahs as they compete with each other for food in this small but prey rich area. The wooded Makoma Hill is a good spot to see giraffe, elephant and buffalo. Directly in front of the hill lies a small but idyllic plain, which is used extensively by cheetahs and hyenas. The centerpiece of this plain is the beautiful Thatch Kopjes, a den site for the local lion pride.