Recent study hails Serengeti as the best African safari park
Tanzania's Serengeti has been named as the best African safari park in a recent study, ranking ahead of 140 other parks in region. In the study conducted by SafariBookings.com, the Serengeti National Park earned a rating of 4.89 out of a maximum of 5 stars. Ngorongoro (12th position) was among three other Tanzanian safari parks to rank among the top 50 in the study.
Safari Bookings recently launched an in depth study to determine the best African safari park and Tanzania's Serengeti National Park beat 140 parks from eight African safari countries to earn the title of the best African safari park with a rating of 4.89 out of 5 stars.
For the study, scores were attributed based on thousands of reviews written by; holidaymakers from 63 countries around the world, safari companies and other industry insiders including authors working for renowned travel firms like Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer's. Bradt and Footprint.
The Serengeti's top score was attributed to its long standing reputation as one of the best safari destinations for holidaymakers hoping to see the big five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos) in action.
Additionally, reviewers noted that a visit to the Serengeti could easily be combined with other top national parks in Tanzania like Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Parks as well as other safari parks. Indeed, the Serengeti is not the only popular safari destination in Tanzania with three other safari parks ranked in the top 50 of Safari Bookings's survey, namely Ngorongoro which took 12th position, Katavi National Park (22) and Tarangire National Park (42).
Other African safari parks to be listed among the top five were South Africa's The MalaMala Game Reserve (2), Okavango Delta in Botswana (3), the Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana (4) and Zimbabwe's Mana Pools Game Reserve (5).
Much of Tanzania's tourism revenue, the country's main source of foreign exchange, comes from bookings for safari holidays with the Serengeti attracting the most holidaymakers each year.
In 2014, the number of visitor's to Tanzania increased by four percent to 1.14 million visitors compared to 1.095 million in 2013. As a result of the increase in arrivals earnings for the sector was boosted to $1.95 billion compared to $1.88 billion 2013. Officials have since set a target of attracting 1.5 million visitors by 2017.
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