Stretching in more than half of the countries that make up the continent, the African savanna grassland biome serves as a home to the world’s most adored wildlife and awe-inspiring sceneries. It’s being widely featured on television, computers, or photographs and delighting everyone with a wide expanse of tow-colored grass dancing in the breeze, sparse acacias and baobabs trees, and an array of majestic animals from lions, tigers, elephants, to giraffes.
Yet, nothing can match if you witness them before your very eyes. A personal visit to the savanna grassland of Africa can magnify the experience a hundredfold. So, toss that remote control or shut down that computer. Travel to these top sites in the savanna grasslands of Africa and cherish a lifetime of memories with this amazing ecosystem.
Serengeti National Park
Ranked among the world’s most renowned national parks in the world, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park offers incredible wildlife diversity and terrain. It spans over 12,000 square miles (30,000 square kilometers) including 15,000,000 hectares of savanna grassland.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its biggest draw is the “great migration” where more than 2 million animals, composed of nearly two million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, make a 1,200-mile journey to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve for its fresher grass. It’s also famous for its hunting scene, as predators like lions, cheetah, and hyenas await and hunt herds as they migrate north.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is where the “great migration” culminates and where the animals enjoy and feed on its wide stretch of yellow savannah. That’s if they get to pass one of the most dramatic scenes of this mass game movement. The herds need to slip or crash down the scarped banks of Mara River, cross its hippo- and crocodile-infested waters and survive the continent’s largest concentration of lions and other big cats. All these present an extraordinary opportunity to see these wildlife species in their natural habitats and natural behavior.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of the world’s biggest and oldest nature conservation areas. Many tourists across the globe visit its famous savanna grassland, where large concentrations of famous animals thrive, such as the Big 5 African animals – the African lion, African leopard, African buffalo, the elephant, and the rhinoceros. Ir’s central grasslands also support big herds of wildebeests, kudus, impalas, and zebras. Hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, birds, and many other wildlife species live within its boundaries.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park offers one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. Though its predominant savanna, there is also a tapestry of other habitats such as thorn scrubs, swamps, woodlands, marshlands, forests, and alpine meadows found in its 39,206 hectares area. Expect to see a fantastic array of wildlife from its famous elephants to lions, wild goats, giraffes, and over 600 bird species. Adding the jaw-dropping view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, it’s a premier site that every animal and nature lover dreams of.
Moremi Game Reserve
Nestling at the core of Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is another diverse ecosystem boasting a charming blend of woodlands, thick forests, floodplains, waterways, and savanna grasslands. Ranked among the best game reserves in Africa, it’s home to Africa’s Big 5, as well as giraffes, leopards, hyenas, kudu, antelope, baboons, warthogs, and cheetahs. This abundance of wildlife moves around freely, making it perfect for game viewing and photography and for travelers looking for an authentic African safari experience.
Africa is a massive continent and its savanna grasslands biome offers infinite opportunities for travel and exploration. These sites are only a few of many other breathtaking locations to see in the area, which all can provide you with the most enchanting experience. Just make sure to be a responsible tourist and do your part in preserving Africa’s impressive ecosystems.