Best Safari Destinations in Africa
Wildlife parks abound in Africa which is why it has numerous safari destinations that would cater to all sorts of travellers. From Gabon, Namibia, Kenya and Botswana to Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa – you’ll experience endless fascination and marvel to all the wonderful, ferocious and amazing creatures that live on this side of the planet. Make sure that you’ll get your money’s worth when you travel to any of these safari locations during your African holidays.
1. Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
The most popular safari destination in Africa is the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. With millions of zebra and wildebeest migrating here from July to October, you won’t be able to stop having goose bumps when you witness this incredible phenomenon. If you want to experience cultural tours, the Maasai tribesmen can offer it to you.
2. Chobe National Park in Botswana
In the Okavango Delta of Botswana, you can find the Cobe National Park which is home to four distinct ecosystems. All year round, the highest concentrations of beasts and wildlife creatures dwell in the Savuti Marsh. You’ll never miss an elephant here because there are almost 120,000 of them in Chobe.
Visit here during the dry and cooler winter months which are from April to October. This time of the year, you can see a congregation of wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, eland and zebra around the Savuti Marsh. Going to Chobe National Park is quite expensive because it is accessible by private car unlike other parks in Botswana. But there are all sorts of accommodation here so you can find one that would fit to your budget. If you are the adventurous type and you want a unique accommodation, rent a houseboat.
3. Kruger National Park in South Africa
If you want to get a horde of cheetahs and crocodiles as well as the Big Five (rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion), you have to go to the Kruger National Park. You won’t be disappointed with its claim of having the highest variety of wildlife in the entire continent. It is also a self-drive safari so buckle up and enjoy the sights and sounds that nature can offer you here.
4. South Luangwa National Park in Zambia
A true African experience is what you will get if you choose to visit the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It is the home of the ‘walking safari’ because of over 400 species of birds that dwell here, not mention the wide variety of wildlife. Hippos flock to the Luangwa River and do not seem to bother leaving there – it would be difficult for you to go on a boat ride here. Prides of more than 30 lions at a time linger by the bank, waiting and/or stalking their prey.
For your safari lodging, there is an availability of both luxury and budget accommodations. From April to October, it is considered as the dry season so you can schedule your holidays during these months and make the most out of your African safari adventure. Because it can get quite hot especially around October, you can see animals just stay in their favourite waterholes.
5. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
A classic setting – that’s what Serengeti National Park is. With its lush grasslands, this Tanzanian safari destination offers that eccentric combination of glory and gory with all the lion killings everywhere.
6. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
Mountain gorillas abound in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Almost half of the population of gorilla species are here. But there are also other mammals and plenty of chimpanzees too. Because of the richness of forest diversity here, Bwindi is, no wonder, a World Heritage Site.
7. Etosha Natonal Park in Namibia
The endangered black rhino as well as the tallest elephants in Africa can be found in Namibia. The Etosha National Park is its top safari destination with almost 100 species of mammal. During dry season, you can see here loads of photographers, each having his or her agenda but basically trying to capture the lovely sights of wildlife and birdlife flocking to the waterholes. Roaming around are cheetahs and leopards, rhinos and elephants, giraffes and lions – which you can see up close and personal – if you’re not scared to death. It is a self-drive park, so don’t expect scheduled game drives. But you don’t have to go that far from where you might be staying at because just outside the park boundaries are excellent camps and lodges – according to your budget and expectations. These accommodations in private reserves offer guided safaris as part of the whole package.
8. Okavango Delta in Botswana
A huge variety of mammals and birds make home in the Okavango Delta because the river, instead of leading out to the open seas, empties itself into the centre of Botswana's Kalahari Desert. This unique water system makes this part of Botswana an unparalleled paradise for all the amazing creatures that can only be found here. Its pristine beauty is highlighted during the peak of the delta floods because there are just animals and birds all around. Travel through a ‘mokoro’ (a traditional canoe) during May until October. When the flood recedes, grass becomes abundant once more and the wildlife is ready to feed.
9. Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania
The world’s largest crater is at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is so important because it attracts almost every species of wildlife and birdlife in East Africa. The Maasai still live in this Tanzania conservation area. Some of man’s earliest remains can also be found here in Olduvai.
10. Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe
As the largest and oldest game reserve in Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park boasts of the highest concentration of species of animals and birds – 400 and 100, respectively. It is also an elephant sanctuary to over 30,000 of its population. You can also find here the largest populations of wild dogs in Africa. Its 14,500 square kilometres of land area is a haven for all wild animals. If you visit here, you can also experience going to the Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – which is just very close to it.