The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. "Serengeti" means "endless plains" in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. About 35 species of plains animals can be seen here including the so-called "big five" - elephant, rhino, lion (more than 2,000 of them), leopard and buffalo.
In May or early June, huge herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra begin their spectacular migrations. In their wake follow the predators; lion, cheetah and hunting dogs with vultures circling overhead. Other common species found here include hippo, giraffe, eland, impala and other antelope types, baboons, monkeys and a profusion of almost 500 bird species.