Serengeti Big 5

Serengeti Big 5. The Big 5 term is derived from the early times hunters who found it hard to hunt down some of the most dangerous animals in the African wild. the Big 5 include lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos, some of the most sought after animals for any traveller on an Africa safari tour. Before the Serengeti National Park was gazetted as a protected and national park of Tanzania, hunting used to be a norm here.

The Serengeti National Park before it was gazetted as a national park of Tanzania, the first Europeans who settled here were mostly hunters who looked to hunt down lions, elephants, among other animals. With the challenges that they faced whilst hunting down some animals, they thus described them as the Big 5. The Big 5 of Serengeti National Park, since the park was opened for visitors, is what most travellers do look out for to see. The Serengeti Big 5 are lions, leopards, elephants and buffalos only, with the exception of rhinos which are a very rare sight, but may be sighted in the northern part of Serengeti National Park near the border with Masai Mara National Game Reserve. To be able to spot rhinos in Serengeti National Park one ought to have a very experienced driver guide, as well as make use of game rangers in the park.


Lions in Serengeti National Park are a common sight, with travellers being able to see a number of prides of lions while on game drives in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park has the largest lion population in Tanzania and Africa as a whole. Lions are the most sought after of the Serengeti Big 5 animals.

Lions in Serengeti National Park can easily be seen in the Seronera Area which is the central part of Serengeti National Park, where high densities of animals can be found thus a lot of prey available for the lions. Also, the Serengeti National Park lions can be seen in various kopjes which dot the vast savannah plains of Serengeti National Park.

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Serengeti Lions

Tree climbing lions are becoming a common phenomenon in Serengeti National Park. Tree climbing lions in Serengeti National Park can be seen hanging up sausage tree branches. Tourists while on a game drive in Serengeti National Park once saw up to a pride of 11 lions up on acacia tree branches.


Elephants in Serengeti National Park had no lions historically, not until about 30 years ago when they were introduced in the park. Elephants are now one of the most commonly seen Serengeti Big 5, as well as other animals in Serengeti National Park that a tourist cannot miss out on while on Serengeti National Park safaris. Herds of 2-20 elephants can be seen roaming the vast plains of the Serengeti, excluding a might presence.


The animals in Serengeti National Park that often look straight in your eyes, with a knowing look in them like they know you from somewhere, yes, those are buffalos. Buffalos are also a common sight in Serengeti National Park. Buffalos in Serengeti National Park can be seen in large herds of up to 100 members. Buffalos in Serengeti National Park can be seen with birds like the Cattle Egrets and Little Egrets up on their backs picking on whatever food there is.

Serengeti National Park has over 30000 buffalos, thus indeed a common sight. Buffalos are social animals living in groups known as herds. Those lone buffalos that you see are usually isolated bulls chased from their herds, and are very dangerous that they are usually charged throughout the day due to their high self-defence instinct. Be sure to stay away from them.


There are quite many leopards in Serengeti National Park, but yet quite a hard sight to catch. Seeing leopards in Serengeti national Park during the day needs an experienced guide, as well as a keen eye or even a good pair of binoculars as they are good at camouflaging in the tree branches they are in. with an experienced guide, you shall be able to see leopards in Serengeti national Park, even in the day.

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Serengeti Leopards


Rhinos are the rarest Serengeti Big 5 animals, that spotting them requires luck and a use of an experienced ranger guide. Rhinos in Serengeti National Park may be seen in the northern part of the park, just along the border with Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya. Given it is quite hard to see rhinos in Serengeti National Park, most travellers do combine their Serengeti National park safari with a 1 Day Ngorongoro Crater safari for an opportunity to see rhinos in the wild.

Apart from Serengeti Big 5, other animals in Serengeti National Park that travellers can see include wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, wild dogs, among so many others.

Tourists who visit the Serengeti on Tanzania safaris can see the Sereangeti big 5 as well as other animals in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park safaris have you enjoying extensive game drives seeing a wide variety of animals. You may combine your Serengeti safari with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania, as well as other Tanzania safari destinations like Gombe Stream Game Reserve, Zanzibar, among others. Get in touch for an amazing Serengeti National Park safari itinerary and price.

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