Moru Kopjes (Central Serengeti)

#6 in Best Things To Do in Serengeti National Park
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Situated in Central Serengeti about 32 miles northwest of Naabi Hill, Moru Kopjes is home to Serengeti National Park's only black rhino population. Though the park made strides to bring this creature back from extinction in the 80s, poaching of the animal's horns has caused this species' population to decrease in recent years. A small herd of the critically endangered animal still resides in the region and is closely monitored by armed anti-poaching rangers. Black rhinos are solitary animals, but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of these endangered creatures, Moru Kopjes is the place to go.

Other animals, such as lions, elephants and leopards, can also be spotted here. And if you're interested in the park's ties to the indigenous Masai community, check out Gong Rock and the region's famous Masai rock paintings.

Black rhinos inhabit the area year-round, but if you want to increase your chances of seeing other animals like wildebeest and zebras, visit Moru Kopjes between July and November when The Great Migration comes to Central Serengeti.

Moru Kopjes – which is free to visit 24 hours a day – is sandwiched between the Seronera and Ngare Nanyuki rivers on the eastern side of the region. Central Serengeti is easily accessed by car or safari vehicle, and Serengeti Sopa Lodge can be found approximately 18 miles away. In addition to Moru Kopjes' rock paintings and plains, travelers can head to the northern part of the area to snap photos of Lake Magadi's pink flamingos. Facilities like restrooms, convenience stores and gift shops are not available in this part of the park. Learn more about Moru Kopjes and the animals found throughout the park by visiting the Serengeti National Park website.

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#1 The Great Migration

The primary reason to visit Serengeti National Park is to witness The Great Migration. Considered one of the world's largest animal migrations, The Great Migration involves more than one million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and a variety of other animals traversing the Serengeti annually in search of food and breeding grounds. From December to June (the Serengeti's wet season), the animals head south to Naabi Hill and Southern Serengeti. As temperatures rise and the dry season sets in, the herd travels through the Seronera River Valley and the Western Corridor before crossing the Grumeti River and moving north to the Lobo Valley and Bologonja Springs. After several months of grazing in greener pastures, the hoofed menagerie turns around and starts the process over again.

Keep in mind the animals' whereabouts when booking Serengeti accommodations. If you're visiting in the winter, stay in the southern plains, and between July and November, set up camp in Central Serengeti, the Western Corridor or Northern Serengeti.

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