When it comes to carnivores, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem excels. It hosts one of Africa’s highest lion densities, and prides of up to 20 individuals are often seen on a kill. It’s one of the best places to see cheetahs pacing the plains, or surveying the surroundings from a fallen branch or termite mound. Even leopards are encountered with unusual regularity. Other conspicuous predators include spotted hyena, bat-eared fox and black-backed jackal.