Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siring” meaning “Endless Plain”, which really is what it means: hundreds of kilometers of flat surface land, better termed “The Sea of Grass On Plains”. The first understanding about Serengeti comes from its distinction of the ecosystem from the Serengeti National Park itself. The ecosystem encompasses the following: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in the south east, Ikorongo, Grumeti and Maswa Game Reserves in the western pockets, the Loliondo Game Control Area (also known as government approved hunting blocks) in the north east, and in the north by the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, thus the Serengeti National Park itself is cushioned within these game control and reserves. The Serengeti ecosystem is approximately 27,000 square kilometers and the park is documented at 14,763 square kilometers.
Facts On Serengeti National Park and Ecosystem
Location and Geography
• The Serengeti National Park is located in Tanzania, adjacent to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
• The Serengeti ecosystem includes 2 countries: Tanzania and Kenya
• In Kenya, the Serengeti ecosystem is renowned as Masai Mara National Reserve.
• Serengeti National Park is 14,763 square kilometers.
• First detailed research on the Serengeti ecosystem was undertaken by two German Nationals (father and son), Dr. Bernhard and Michael Grizmek. The details of their findings and stories on the Serengeti are documented in a book called “Serengeti Shall Not Die.”
• The Serengeti National Park has many rivers flowing through it, permanent and seasonal, including the Seronera River, Mara River, Grumeti River and Orangi River