The endless plains stretch out in front of you as far as your eye can see. Only grass and grass again, a treeless flat country, which surprisingly hosts an estimated three million animals, many of whom migrate in a seasonal event unrivalled in nature. The Maasai word “Siringet” meaning ‘endless plains’ is the origin of the name of this huge National Park. It truly sums up your emotions when you have your first view of the plains from the slopes of the Olbulbul escarpment, as you drop down from the Ngorongoro Highlands. The feeling of space and huge skies is overwhelming, nothing but plains.
Due to the Seronera River, a permanent water-course in the area, Seronera valley is one of Serengeti’s best wildlife viewing spots, where virtually all resident animals can be seen. The place is justly famous for leopard and lion, both of which you can usually photograph here without any difficulty.
We were not lucky enough to see the herds of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River but instead saw endless columns grazing or trudging along rather than dramatic TV-style river fordings, it was nonetheless a staggering experience and something I will remember for ever.