Serengeti National Park Wildlife 

One of the reasons Serengeti is so special is because of the iconic wildlife. Serengeti is one of the top visited places in Africa because it’s one of the best spots in the world to see hundreds of species of wildlife in a perfectly preserved environment. 


If you’re ready to see the famous Big 5, zebras, wildebeests, and thousands of birds, Serengeti should be your next travel destination. 


Curious about all the different animals you’ll see? Summarizing all the Serengeti wildlife is not easy! Since the park is massive, there are endless opportunities and spaces to discover animals and their habitats. 


Your safari guide will be your righthand man as you discover Serengeti. They know where all the animals like to hide giving you the perfect chance to witness all your favorites before heading back home. 

The Big 5

The main Serengeti attraction is the Big 5. No safari is complete without at least seeing lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and Cape Buffalos. Seeing the animals roaming in the natural wild is an experience you’ll not soon forget. 


While the Big 5 are seriously big animals, the term was actually started by big game hunters, not because of the size of the animals. 


The Big 5 are some of the hardest animals to hunt because they are dangerous and move fast. Hunting of the Big 5 is illegal, but many people still do. Elephants are especially illegally poached because people are eager to take ivory tusks. 


Because of illegal hunting, most of the Big 5 animals are endangered. Tanzania’s national parks are some of the only places in the world you can see these animals. 

African Lions 

Lions are the kings of the jungle and savannah. Serengeti has a large population of lions making them easy to spot throughout the park. You’re more likely to see them in the evening or mornings as they hunt more when the heat is less intense. . 


You might also spot them sleeping under a tree as they seek shade from the sun. Lions are easier to spot than some of the other Big 5. Female lions are more active making them more likely to spot one hunting for prey. 


Leopards are harder to spot than lions because they are fast and good at camouflaging themselves. If your main goal while in Serengeti is to spot a lion or two, make sure to look up! 


Leopards like to rest and lounge in tree branches. You’ll often find them snoozing in the large branches of the sausage tree. 


Since leopards are harder to spot, make sure to let your safari guide know you don’t want to leave Serengeti without seeing one. They will work extra hard to help you spot them. 

African Elephants 

Elephants are the largest land animal on earth and are very easy to spot in Serengeti. You’ll most likely see these giant grey animals in herds since they prefer to move as a family. 


Even though the animals seem scary up close, they only attack or make sudden movements when they feel threatened. Your safari guide will make sure you are close enough to get some great photos but still far enough way to leave the elephants in peace. 


Of all the Big 5, Rhinos are the hardest of all the Big 5 to spot. There are two different types of rhinos- the black rhino, and the white rhino. 


Rhinoceros have very valuable horns making them one of the most illegally poached animals in Serengeti. There are currently less than 100 rhinos in the park. 


Unlike other large mammals, rhinos are not quick to reproduce. Female rhinos are pregnant for about 16 months. They prefer a very specific habitat to give birth in so you will not see them having a major calving season like other animals. 


With the illegal hunting and the long pregnancies, the rhino population is dwindling making it hard to find large numbers of them. Fortunately, our safari guides are pros at finding them in the parks. 

Cape Buffalos 

Buffalos are extremely dangerous animals with few predators. They often travel in large herds so you might even see hundreds of them all at the same time. 


The easiest place to spot them is by watering holes. Your guide will take you to several popular spots where the buffalos like to drink. 

Serengeti Birds 

Even if you aren't an avid bird watcher, there is a high chance you’ll become one after visiting Serengeti. There are more than 500 bird species that call Serengeti home. Your safari guide knows all the species by name and can point out the different ones to you. 


The most common birds that travelers love to see are the Kuru Bustard and Fischer’s Lovebird. Both have very unique appearances and are very different from the birds you see back home. 


Serengeti’s ecosystem is perfect for the birds to thrive. There are even bird species in Serengeti that are found nowhere else in the world. 


If you are coming to Serengeti only for the birds, try to come in November through April. This is when you can find all the birds unique to Serengeti as well as special species from North Africa and Europe. 

Serengeti Insects 

Not only is Serengeti home to the Big 5 and birds, but there are also many unique insects in the park. You’ll see butterflies, grasshoppers, and dung beetles to name a few. . 


Serengeti is perfect for camping because there are very few insects that sting and bite. If you’re interested in knowing more about the insects in Serengeti, make sure to let your safari guide know and they can point out all the little creatures to you. 

See Serengeti’s Wildlife in Person 

Ready to see all these impressive animals in person? You can book your Serengeti safari today! Spend 2 days, 3 days, a week, or even longer exploring all the wildlife in Serengeti! Make sure to bring binoculars and your best camera lens to get the best views of the magnificent wildlife. 


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