Serengeti Named Best National Park in The World By Trip Advisor

Tanzania’s Serengeti national park has been named the best national park in the world by the world’s leading travel forum. Every year trip advisor lists the best of the best wild places in its traveler’s choice. Destination Tanzania has won big this time with 3 national parks Serengeti national park taking the number one spot.

Serengeti national park is located in northern Tanzania and its home to a number of wildlife species. The park has one the occurrence of one of worlds wildlife wonders the wildebeest migration no wonder it was named Best National Park.

This comes at a time when the world is slowly getting back to normal after being hit by the Corona-virus pandemic. Many travelers worldwide are now looking at going for safaris to compensate for the time they have been in lock-down.

Other two Tanzania national parks that were listed include Tarangire and Kilimanjaro national parks all situated in northern Tanzania. While on a visit to Tanzania you can have an itinerary combining the three parks for never ending adventures.

Zebras in Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Zebras in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Photo by Geraldine Morelli

Key Attractions in Serengeti

Big Cats.

Serengeti national park is one place in East Africa where you can enjoy the Savanna big cats experience. Savanna’s big cats include lions, leopards and cheetahs that can all be seen while on safari in Serengeti. These are often seen while on game drives in the park with endless views of the plains of Serengeti.

Big Five Mammals

An African safari without an encounter with the big five mammals is never enjoyable but thankfully Serengeti has it all. While here you can see big five mammals including herds of Elephants, buffaloes, leopards among others. These are also seen while on game drives or hot air balloon safaris.

Wildebeest Migration

This is an annual migration involves mass movement of wildebeest, gazelles, zebras moving over the plains of Serengeti for pasture. This migration is whole year round and can be seen in different parts of Serengeti in particular months.

Most phenomena sightings include predators like lions taking down their prey and the deadly crocodiles in River Grumeti waiting for their prey as well. The wildebeest migration is the most demanded safari activity in Serengeti and one you should never miss out on.

Wildebeest Migration. Tanzania Safari Experiences
Wildebeest River Crossing in Serengeti Tanzania. Photo by George the Explorer

The park can be visited anytime of the year but for best experiences you can visit in the dry season from June to September. October to May are great months to visit as well as you get rewarded with bird life and other wildlife species in the park.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National park is Tanzania’s most famous and visited national park located in the northern part of the country. It is Tanzania’s oldest national park covering a land area of 5700 square kilometers providing shelter to thousand wildlife species.

The park was named Serengeti which means endless plains clearly describing nature of land in the area. Serengeti national park land area is covered with savanna grasslands, woodlands and Riverine forests. A combination of these relief and vegetation cover inhabits various wildlife species seen on a visit to the park.

Serengeti National park has three major sectors that include the Serengeti plains predominantly covered with grasslands. These grasslands attract a number of grazers like antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeest especially in the wet season. These often graze on the pasture of Serengeti though their presence attracts a number of predators like lions.

The Serengeti western region is traversed by Grumeti River and covered by riverine forests that are homes to primates species. Patas monkeys are some of the primates seen here as well as other Savannah animals like Hippos. Grumeti River has crocodiles that present challenges to herbivore on wildebeest migration as they prey them while on river crossings.

Lastly the northern Serengeti sector has open woodlands with wild animals like elephants, and giraffes. This is a great place to catch the wildebeest migration from July to August and in November.

Zebras and Topi in the Plains of Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Wildlife in Serengeti NP. Courtesy Photo

Attractions in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is the genesis of wildebeest migration where millions of antelopes, wildebeest and zebras move searching for pasture. This natural wonder is a whole year round and animals move into Kenya’s Maasai Mara and return to Serengeti in November.

Animals on the wildebeest migration have births on the course of the journey attracting predators like leopards, lions & hyenas. These often target young vulnerable calves but they are brave to even taken down the largest mammals of the land.

Wildebeest migration safaris in Serengeti National park are very rewarding and a must do while on a visit to Tanzania.

Tanzania Wildlife Safari- Serengeti
River Crossing Along the Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park. Courtesy Photo

The Big Five Mammals

This vast national park has Africa’s big Five mammals that include Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Rhinos and Buffaloes. Serengeti has over 3000 lions that have managed to thrive over the years because of abundance of prey. They mainly hunt and feed on the many antelopes, wildebeests and herbivores present in Serengeti National park.

The leopard population is estimated at 1000 often seen on game drives in the different areas of Serengeti. Herds of Elephants are often seen in the northern part of Serengeti and the Elephant population is estimated at 5000.

Rhino population in Serengeti greatly declined because of poaching and there are about 30 rhinos in the park. With time, there is hope that the rhino population will increase because of the continued conservation efforts.

Buffaloes have the highest population of the big five mammals in Serengeti National park. Their total population is estimated at over 52000 and these are also hunted down by the fierce predators especially lions.

The big five mammals are East Africa’s classics and make game drives in Serengeti worth every time spent.

Elephant in Serengeti National Park Tanzania; African Elephants
Elephant in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Photo by Kelly Moran


Serengeti national park is also famous for its various bird species with over 500 recorded bird species. Many bird species are seen while on birding safaris for example Secretary birds, ground hornbills, crowned cranes and lesser flamingos.

There are also many Vultures often seen around remains of dead animals feeding or fighting for prey with Hyenas. Other commonly seen birds in Serengeti include Lovebirds, Marabou storks, Eagles, Kori Bustards, grey-breasted spurfowls, Hildebrandt’s starling & Schalow’s turacos.

Birding in Serengeti can be done through out the year and you can even catch up with some migratory birds. The best times for Birding is early morning and late in the evening where you even enjoy the African sunset.

Ruppell's long-tailed starling Serengeti National Park
Ruppell's long-tailed starling in Serengeti Tanzania. Photo by Fred Shirima

Best time to Visit Serengeti National Park

The best time to visit Serengeti is in the dry season from June to October with minimal rainfall disturbances. For those interested in the wildebeest migration, you can visit in June and July. January and February are also great times as they are characterized with wildebeest calving.

During the low season from March to May, you can still visit the park however there is usually a lot of rainfall.

Accommodation in Serengeti National Park

There are a number of safari lodges and tented camps evenly distributed in Serengeti. With this you can select where to stay depending on your budget and what you want to see. With the great wildebeest migration, there are a number of temporary under-canvas tented camps set up. Ensure to book the right one for perfect timing of the migration so that you don’t miss out.

Kichakani Serengeti Camp, Tanzania
Kichakani Serengeti Camp. Courtesy Photo