A detailed analysis of 2,494 reviews written by safari-goers and African travel experts was carried out to determine the 50 best safari parks on the continent. And the winner is once again Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, which is Africa’s top safari park for 2023.
Τhe online marketplace for African safaris SafariBookings.com conducted a study to determine the 50 best African safari parks for 2023. For the fourth consecutive time, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was the clear winner, which will be no surprise to safari enthusiasts. The Serengeti received an overall rating of 4.87 out of 5, which was significantly higher than every other park.
A total of 1,380 reviews were contributed to the study by safari tourists from 107 countries. The remaining 1,114 park reviews were written by renowned international safari-industry experts, including guidebook authors working with Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt Travel Guides and Footprint.
The Serengeti is the poster child for the East African safari. This vast park, one of Africa’s largest, has an astonishing array of wildlife that ranges across landscapes and habitats of singular beauty. The annual 2.5-million-strong migration of wildebeest and zebra through the park may capture the attention, and rightly so, as one of nature’s grandest spectacles. But the Serengeti is a year-round proposition even when the herds move on.
Why do so many travelers and safari experts rate the Serengeti as their favorite safari destination?
- The annual great migration of wildebeest is the greatest wildlife show on earth.
- Wildlife viewing is exceptional year-round, and includes predators in large numbers.
- Rolling savannah grasslands, punctuated by flat-topped acacias and great piles of giant boulders known as kopjes, look like the perfect safari canvas, unfurling to a seemingly endless horizon.
- Visiting the Serengeti is part of Tanzania’s extraordinarily diverse Northern safari circuit; it’s easily combined with other stunning parks.
The Serengeti’s fourth successive victory as Africa’s best safari park is a remarkable and thoroughly deserved achievement. This is especially the case given the high standard of competition in Tanzania and farther afield – across East and southern Africa, Ethiopia and Madagascar.
- In total 200 parks in 15 African countries were included in the study (Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Lesotho, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
- Only parks known for classic wildlife-viewing safaris were considered. Parks mostly known for scenery or typical gorilla/chimp tracking parks were not included.
- Parks with less than 10 reviews were excluded from the Top 50.