East Africa, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Wildlife at Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is without a doubt the earth’s greatest wildlife spectacle. Three million or more large mammals–elephant, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, lion, gazelles by the gazillions, rhinos, giraffe, and going on 60 more large mammal species inhabit the great plain, its riverine forests, and bustling set-piece kopjes. It’s in the Serengeti that something the great Isak Dinesen once wrote rings especially true: “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

The Serengeti is amazing in its enormity, its almost infinite skies and long, golden reaches, its million-year quiet. “How can one convey the power of Serengeti?” Cyril Connolly asked in The Evening Colonnade. “It is an immense, limitless lawn, under a marquee of sky….The light is dazzling, the air delectable; kopjes rise out of the grass at far intervals, some wooded; the magic of the American prairie here blends with the other magic of the animals as they existed before man. There is a lightening of the spirit….”

We once saw a sunrise from the Serengeti’s Nyboboro Hill, a little way above the vast plain. The-still hidden sun cast such light on a cloud above it that the cloud glowed like an incandescent jewel, almost too bright to look at directly.Tom Cole, member of Team Micato

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