SafariBookings.com has compiled a definitive list of Africa's best safari parks. Our in-depth study included more than 2,500 reviews from safari tourists and industry experts alike. After an exhaustive analysis, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was rated the best African Safari Park. This reflects the continued popularity of this stunning park with safari-goers and industry experts alike (Serengeti also came out on top in our ‘Best Safari Park’ analysis carried out in 2015).
In total 2,530 reviews were examined from the SafariBookings website. The 1,670 user reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 72 countries. To complement these user reviews, reputable guidebook authors (working for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer's, Bradt and Footprint) teamed up in the SafariBookings Expert Panel to write 860 expert reviews.
An analysis of these reviews resulted in the list of Africa's Top 50 safari parks. With an average rating of 4.9 out of 5, Serengeti National Park was crowned the Best Safari Park in Africa. Both Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa and Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe came a close second and third to Serengeti, respectively, in our rankings. Tanzania had three parks overall in the top 10: Serengeti National Park (no. 1), Selous Game Reserve (no. 9) and Ngorongoro Crater (no. 10).
Why is the Serengeti voted best African Safari Park of 2018?
- The extraordinary Great Migration (over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra) is one of the great attractions of the park.
- Classic wildlife watching year-round.
- The Big Five is in abundance.
- Savannah that stretches to the horizon just feels like Africa.
- It's a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- Predators, including the big cats, are relatively easy to see.
- The southern Serengeti hosts the wildebeest calving, a unique event.
- Kills are more likely to be seen on safari given the high density of predators.
- Birder are in for a treat – 500 bird species have been recorded in the park.
- The park is part of Tanzania's Northern Circuit; a visit is easily combined with other top-class parks.
- The park is easy to reach with direct flights to Kilimanjaro Airport from abroad.
Best 50 African Safari Parks
Mala Mala Game Reserve South Africa
Classic safari, private reserve, abundant wildlife- including the Big 5
Ranks #2 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
Walking, canoe and classic safaris, 4 of the Big 5 and wild dogs present, no rhino
Ranks #3 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Okavango Delta Botswana
Canoe, boat and classic safari, waterway paradise, Big 5 (rhino in Moremi)
Ranks #4 of Africa's top 50 safari parksparks
South Luangwa National Park Zambia
Walking and classic safari, giraffe, 4 of the Big 5 (no rhino), abundant wildlife
Ranks #5 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Moremi Game Reserve Botswana
Classic safari, Big 5 present (rhino rare), partly located in the Okavango Delta
Ranks #6 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Sabi Sand Game Reserve South Africa
Area consisting of multiple private reserves, excellent Big 5 wildlife viewing
Ranks #7 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya
Classic safari, Big 5 present (rhino rare), many big cats, wildebeest migration
Ranks #8 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Selous Game Reserve Tanzania
Walking, boat and classic safari, Big 5 present, healthy population of wild dog
Ranks #9 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania
Classic safari, abundant wildlife in the volcanic crater includes the Big 5
Ranks #10 of Africa's top 50 safari parks
What do experts say about the Serengeti?
Stuart Butler UK - Lonely Planet guidebook Author of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
5/5 stars“What can be said about the Serengeti that hasn’t already been said? This is simply Africa as you always imagined it. Endless rolling bleached grasslands with scattered flat-topped acacia trees and animals everywhere.” Full review
Sue Watt UK - Travel writer for The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent and Rough Guides.Rating:
5/5 stars“If you only ever go on one safari, it should perhaps be to the Serengeti. Wildlife is here in abundance, but it’s best known for the greatest wildlife show on earth starring over a million wildebeest frantically racing for their lives on their annual migratory route to the Masai Mara.” Full review
What do safari tourists say about the Serengeti?
Roberta & family IT - 35-50 years of age - Experience level: 2-5 safaris
5/5 stars“Seeing a river crossing is an unforgettable experience.” Full review
Davide Silva UK - 20-35 years of age - Experience level: first safari
5/5 stars“The scenery in Serengeti is breathtaking, it was beyond our wildest expectations, and we think about it every day even now! We would come back every year if we could.” Full review
Lauren Steele US - 20-35 years of age - Experience level: first safari
5/5 stars“Amazing, watching the wildebeest run was the highlight of the trip.” Full review
Jonas Nimmersjö SE - 35-50 years of age - Experience level: over 5 safaris
5/5 stars“This is the national park of the national parks. If there is one place every one heard of in Africa it is Serengeti. And that is not without reason. You can see all the big five here.” Full review