NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – Masai Mara National Reserve has barely made it into the list of the top ten ‘safari’ destinations in Africa.
SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris has released the finding of its annual study to determine the 50 best African Safari parks of 2019 and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania held onto first place for the 3rd consecutive time, receiving an overall rating of 4.92 out of 5. With a rating of 4.59, the Masai Mara was slotted in at Number 10.
Despite being one of Africa’s most famous parks, the Masai Mara has been faulted for over-crowding, especially during the high season.
“Visitors have also complained about the poor state of the access roads often necessitating a fly-in. The roads within the park can also be in terrible condition, especially after heavy rains,” explained the study.
Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe and Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa rounded out the top 3 parks.
“Serengeti’s ongoing success as the leading park for safaris in Africa is based on the diversity and size of its habitats, which in turn support large populations of wildlife and the annual herbivores migration which it shares with the Masai Mara,” said the report.
The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is home to the annual wildebeest migration – which has been dubbed – the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ – where 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles follow the rains in search of new grass.
A total of 1,363 reviews were contributed by safari tourists from 72 countries. The remaining 1,010 park reviews were written by renowned industry experts, including guidebook authors working with Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Frommer’s among others.
In total, 157 parks in 11 African safari countries namely – Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe were included in the study