Serengeti Migration Spectacle Under Threat

8th July 2011

Serengeti Migration Spectacle Under Threat

The Serengeti national park could still be under threat despite the fact that plans to build a major highway through it have been scrapped by the Tanzanian government.  Whilst original plans for a tarmac road have been rejected, the section traversing the national park is said to remain “a gravel track” or unpaved road with game rangers having to monitor the traffic in a bid to ensure migrating wildlife are not disturbed.  Environmentalists believe this will still reduce the numbers of grazing mammals in the region, as well as completely disrupt the world’s largest wildebeest migration which passes through the national park.  Various organisations, including UNESCO, have put pressure on the Tanzania government to come up with an alternative route that doesn’t affect the migration, highlighting the impact this new highway could have on the Tanzania safari experience.

While the battle to save the Serengeti continues, the amazing migration of up to two million wildebeest and zebras through the Serengeti is one of the world’s greatest spectacles not to be missed.  Ideal for those wanting to go on an unforgettable African safari, the best time to catch the migration is during August, September and October and recommended places to watch the exciting river crossings include the Lamai Wedge, Wogakuria and Kogatende.

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