Interesting Facts About the Serengeti National Park
– The Maasai people have for centuries used the Serengeti plains to feed their livestock. Today, many of these people still continue their customs within the park and across Tanzania and Kenya.
– The name ‘Serengeti’ has its origins in the Maasai word that described the land. They called it ‘Siringet’, which European explorers corrupted to Serengeti. The Maasai name for the area translates to mean ‘endless plains’, an apt term to describe the landscape.
– The Serengeti can trace its origins as a protected area back to the days of British influence in the region. Fearing that lions were being hunted to extinction – or more appropriately, that there wouldn’t be any more lions left to hunt – the British turned the region into a game reserve in the 1920s. By 1951, the Serengeti was a fully fledged national park, and in 1981 it was protected further by being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
– The Serengeti National Park is the oldest national park in Tanzania and, arguably, one of the most diverse in terms of landscapes and wildlife.
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