Sametu Kopjes is one of top 3 highlights of the entire Serengeti Ecosystem. Home to cheetahs, the park's largest lion pride and subject of a charming book entitled 'Lions Share', Sametu Kopjes is a hidden gem on the remote edge of the Serengeti. The marsh, which lies directly in front of the kopjes, is fed by underground springs and is a magnet for plains game as it holds the only source of water in the area. The mothers of the Sametu lion pride often leave their cubs in the thick reeds that surround the marsh while off hunting.
Naabi Hill towers above the short grass plains of the Serengeti. Other than a hot air balloon safari, the viewpoint from the top of Naabi Hill offers the best views of the plains. This acacia covered hill functions as the Serengeti's park gate and shelters antelope, elephant and giraffe. It's also home base for the Naabi lion pride and den site for cheetahs. During the green season, Naabi Hill is the epicenter of the great migration and the surrounding plains can be choked black with wildebees
The Gol Kopjes boast the highest concentration of cheetahs in Africa. The world famous Gol Kopjes complex, called the world's largest Japanese rock garden, offers the finest game viewing in Africa during the green season. Hundreds of game loops bisect the constellation of kopjes and photographic opportunities abound (perhaps the best in the park). With a little patience, there is a good chance to witness the world's fastest land animal sprinting across the plains in pursuit of the fleet footed Thomson's Gazelle.
The long journey to Barafu is rewarded with one of the most extraordinary vistas in Africa! Barafu Gorge dissects the remote eastern plains. Rising above the gorge is the Barafu Kopjes Complex, a series of seven pinkish granite kopjes that straddle the eastern border of the Serengeti. The word Serengeti originates from the Maasai word 'Siringit', meaning 'endless plains', and the area around Barafu best exemplifies this with mind boggling 360 degree panoramas of rolling plains peppered with tens of thousands of gazelles.
Lemuta Hill offers simply the most remote and adventurous safari experience in Tanzania. We could almost guaranty that one would not encounter a single other vehicle. There are no landmarks here, nothing but green grass and blue sky and the infinite space between. Nothing, that is, except for a single hill that rises in the distance; Lemuta Hill is impossible to miss as it singularly ascends above the rest of the horizon.
Lake Natron is the main breeding site in East Africa for 2.5 million lesser flamingoes. The characteristic red color of Lake Natron is a byproduct of salt loving organisms that thrive in the high salinity levels. Algae also flourish in these alkaline waters and is the sole source of food for the thousands of flamingos that can be found here. The flamingoes perform an amazing display; marching in groups, heads up, turning different directions in tight formation. Watching them feed with their upside-down bills is also fascinating.