Serengeti National Park Wildlife

Serengeti National Park wildlife is by far the first reason why travelers from all walks of life visit Tanzania to see the diverse wildlife species in Serengeti National Park. There is just so much to see and encounter while on a Serengeti National Park safari; from the iconic Big 5 animals, endless herds of wildebeests and zebras, hundreds of bird species, among so much more.

The Big 5 in Serengeti National Park

The big 5 animals are what define the ultimate Africa safari experiences. Almost every single traveler after an Africa safari experience look to see these big 5 animals, lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalos, freely ranging in their own natural inhabitant and not in some random zoo. Why are these five animals called the big 5 animals you may wonder. The big 5 animals gained their name from the fact that they were hard to hunt down by wild game hunters back in the years, and is not derived from jut the size of the animals. These big 5 animals were and are still ferocious, thus hard or difficult to hunt. The big 5 animals in Serengeti National Park are abundant, that you can almost see them all at once with a game drive in Serengeti National Park.


Lions are the kings of the jungle, the wilderness of the Serengeti National Park. Watching lions prowling in their own natural habitat, territory and oblivious of their “watchers” is one of the best experiences you would want to encounter while on a Tanzania safari tour in Serengeti National Park. Lions are quite abundant in Serengeti National Park, with travelers being able to spot large prides of lions roaming the park at leisure, or even on a hunt!

Serengeti National Park Wildlife


Leopards are an elegant animal species, seen gracefully sprawling the wilderness. Though in many numbers on Serengeti National Park, leopards are generally shy creatures that spotting them is by chance given their elusive nature. While in Serengeti National Park safaris, you are likely to spot leopards resting on a tree branch, usually on plants in Serengeti National Park including sausage trees. Do endeavour therefore to look up the various plants in Serengeti national Park for an opportunity to spot out leopards, sometimes even devouring their kill!


Buffaloes are one of the most dangerous Africa safari animals with very few predators. Lions do try, on rare occasions to prey on a calf but risk being revenged against by the rest of the angry herd of buffaloes. Cape buffalos are ardent drinkers, and are thus usually found anywhere near any waterhole. Buffaloes are also known to be quite bad tempered, especially when injured or worse deserted by their herd. Do not have their wise-looking gaze deceive you into thinking them timid and harmless, but yet really thrilling to watch as though they seem to say that they know you from somewhere!


Elephants are the largest land mammals, and watching one sprawling through the vast endless plains shall leave you amazed. Elephants also frequently visit waterholes, especially near lodges and camps so you just may be able to see one even near at your lodge of stay. Elephants are generally peaceful animals but can be a threat when they feel threatened. You shall be able to see large herds of elephants in Serengeti National Park.


Over the past several years, rhino population in Serengeti National Park has greatly decreased due to poaching, seeing rhino population decreasing from 1,000 to just about 70 rhinos only. And with the female rhinos taking up to 5 years to give birth again, rhino population is still very low that you shall definitely need an experienced guide to help you spot out one or more rhinos in the wild.

Serengeti National Park Wildlife

Other wildlife in Serengeti national Park

Apart from the famous and sough after big 5 animals, there are other Serengeti National Park wildlife species to look out for while on Serengeti National Park safaris, any time of the year. Other animals in Serengeti National Park include hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, elands, impala, gazelles, topi among so many others are a common sight in Serengeti National Park, especially while on game drives in Serengeti National Park. Cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, can also be spotted in Serengeti National Park.

Apart from wild animals in Serengeti National Park, other wildlife to look out for are the diversity of birds in Serengeti National Park. While out on game drives in Serengeti National Park, your keen guide would easily spot out birds for you including the Green and Yellow-coloured Fischer’s Lovebird, Kori Bustard, among so many others.

The Serengeti National Park is one of the best wildlife safari destination that travelers can visit and be rewarded with amazing sightings; never disappointing despite the season! Get in touch with your trusted tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Serengeti Safari and be blown away by the diversity of Serengeti National Park wildlife.