The African continent is home to some if not all of the most important safari destinations and game reserves in the entire world. Every year, millions of tourists flock to the continent in favor of its wildlife safaris that would help them get as close to the Big Five as they possibly can. So without further ado, here are the top safari destinations in the world that you definitely need to visit if you are a wildlife enthusiast.
Kenya – Masai Mara National Reserve
Considered to be Africa’s most popular safari destination, the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya is famous for its wildebeest and zebra migration that takes place between the months of July-October. Tours will take you as close to the herds as possible so that you can get a fantastic view of the migration that involves millions of these animals.
South Africa – Kruger National Park
Your chances to see the Big Five in action would increase manifold if you opt to visit the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Boasting of housing the most diverse range of wildlife species on the planet, the park also offers you the unique experience of opting for a self-driven safari and is very well maintained.
Botswana – Chobe National Park
The highlight of the Chobe National Park in Bostwana is that the part covers four different eco-systems, meaning it has one of the highest concentrations and most diverse range of wildlife in the continent. Another highlight of the park is the sheer number of elephants you can find here (over 120,000). Along with this, you can spot herds of buffalos, zebras, wildebeests and giraffe crossing the Savuti marsh between April and October.
Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve
A trekking tour of this amazing forest reserve would get you the chance to enjoy very close encounters with menacing looking but gentle mountain gorillas. You can find over half of the world’s gorilla population in the reserve, which is also home to a diverse range of bird species. The trekking tours would also take you past jagged valleys, misty waterfalls and dormant volcanoes. So don’t miss this one out.
Namibia – Etosha National Park
Make it a point to visit the Etosha National Park in Namibia to see the tallest African elephants in their natural habitat. In addition to enjoying wonderful views of these majestic animals, you can also catch glimpses of over 91 species of animals, including the endangered black rhino. Try to plan your visit during the dry season as this would be the time all the animals in the park start visiting the waterholes, offering you plenty of photographic moments. You can also opt for a self-drive safari, which would let you enjoy close views of animals like giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and cheetahs.
Tanzania – Serengeti National Park
Visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania if you want to enjoy a firsthand experience of a classic African wildlife safari. The area is world famous for the annual migration of millions of zebras and wildebeest making across the plains in gigantic herds. What’s best about the Serengeti is that it is mostly grassland, therefore giving you fantastic views of the migration as well as the lion kills that occur frequently in between.
Zimbabwe – Hwange National Park
Home to over 105 different kinds of animals, including elephants, lions and giraffes, the Hwange National Park is a must visit for those who love wild dogs. The park houses one of the highest wild dog populations in entire Africa. Better yet, it is located quite close to the stunning Victoria Falls as well as the electrifying Devil’s Pool.
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