Gong rocks

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A group of large Dolerite rocks in the Moru kopjes area of Serengeti, that emit a sound when struck by smaller rocks. Used as a communication means by the Masai who used to live there, it bears circular depressions, as a result of generations of being struck, each of which emits a slightly different sound.

It sounds are said to have been a summoning call to fellow Masai in different parts of the endless plains.

What to do there?Take a break from your safari and climb to the top of the Kopjes to get a closer look at the uniquely shaped rock, and even try your hand at playing it. From the same spot, you should be able to see further into the plains, an endless sea of grass with the Kopjes serving as islands.

There also are Masai rock paintings in the area and other attractions, a list of which could be found in the section below the map, or the attractions page.

Best time to visit?The first four months of every year, when the migrating wildebeest and Zebra are in or near the area. Though the heavy rainfall season does begin in March, you could still visit provided you have a good 4x4.

During this time, the rivers and lakes are full and the plains turn lush green, with potential for larger wildebeest herds.

Location of Gong rocksThe gong rocks are located on the north eastern end of the Moru Kopjes area, with the Mbalageti river a short distance east of it. There are campsites in the area and about a 15 minutes drive north of it is Seronera.

For more information on this location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By air or road, with the first method requiring use of the Seronera airstrip, and providing a brief air safari on the way in - though extras can be arranged.

The longer, dustier and more adventurous route would be to drive in from the park's entrance gates, using either a privately owned, rental or tours and travel vehicle. If coming through Ngorongoro, this could either be a one days journey or a week long one, if intending to explore more areas.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the TANAPA website.

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