The BBC’s latest wildlife series Serengeti really switched things up in terms of how nature documentaries are delivered, and we were glued to our screens every episode. With the use of ground-breaking videography and a dramatised storytelling technique, the series captured the daily unrest and emotional moments faced by animals of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Now that the series has come to an end, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the animals whose lives unfold on the incredible grasslands of this captivating reserve. We think it might inspire you to go and experience the action for yourselves…
Home to one of the largest lion populations in the world, if you drive through the shimmering grasslands of the Serengeti you’ll be sure to stumble across a protective lioness mother and her young cubs. Every animal on the reserve has its own story to tell and Serengeti provided a unique understanding of the daily struggles that mothers, like Kali, face in the wild.
Another determined mother we met in the series was Shani, a zebra who was leading her family on the Great Migration. This annual event is a natural phenomenon whereby huge herds of zebra and wildebeest go in search of better grazing, while also tackling the dangerous crossing of crocodile-infested waters. Visit the Serengeti during this extraordinary period and experience a sea of stripes moving across the savannah in search of food and water.
Although they look pretty fierce and ugly, the tragic experience of love and loss faced by male baboon Bakari in Serengeti reminds us that you should never judge a book by its cover. Turn your attention to these unlikely heroes while exploring the Serengeti plains and you’ll soon be hooked on watching their family dynamics play out.
Extremely gentle despite their large frames, the graceful nature of elephants is something you don’t want to miss. Most often spotted marching (or eating) in large herds, if you look closely you might just find a baby elephant winding up their teenage sibling, just like the mischievous young elephant Tembo spent most of his time doing during the series.
First time mother Kike struggled adapting to motherhood and had to learn the skills quickly to keep her cubs safe from potential predators. Cheetahs are famous for their insane speed, and if you’re lucky enough to see them when they’re on the hunt for dinner, they are truly exhilarating to follow. Venture into the open grasslands and you might just witness this fascinating experience.
Where to stay
See the magic of the Serengeti for yourself with a stay at Nimali Central Serengeti. Endless views, utter seclusion and spectacular wildlife viewing make for an unforgettable experience at this authentic tented safari camp.