Machu Picchu and the Great Pyramids may top many travelers' bucket lists, but for me — and countless fellow wildlife lovers — it's hard to beat a Serengeti safari. One day in the wildlife-rich Serengeti has more action than a typical month at home. With hundreds of species across its 12,000 square miles (31,079 square kilometers), you can start the morning watching lion cubs play, followed by a cheetah hunt, elephant dust bath and baby giraffe learning to walk — all before lunch. Every day is a new adventure, and no two Serengeti trips are alike. That's why I first visited in 2009, and it's what kept me going back.
While every wildlife encounter is thrilling, the cherry on top of any Serengeti safari is the chance to witness the Great Migration, which I did on my last visit in October 2018. With 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles following the rains for lush pastures and water, this bucket-list sight is among the most miraculous on Earth. It's a rare spectacle that can only be seen in Africa's Serengeti.