Have you ever experienced such thrill that teleports you back in time? Africa is one continent that takes you to a world of absolute, impeccable serenity and peace. With such amaranthine animal kingdom, diverse ecosystems and uninterrupted natural beauty, you are sure to feel like living in Jurassic Park (sans the Dinosaurs of course!)!
But with such expansive variety of the great African Safaris, it’s obvious to fall prey to confusion. So here we are to sort your stew with the top 7 African Safaris:
1. Kruger National Park, South Africa
The north east border of South Africa, right over the Mozambique border is the most popular game reserve of the continent. Eye out Africa’s Big Five here- the African Lion, the African Leopard, the African Elephant, the Cape buffalo and the Rhino (both white and black). Apart from these toughest to tame five, you can spot Africa’s vulnerable Cheetah, the endangered Wild Dog and a number of elusive small cats. For first timers, Kruger is a safe option, thanks to its wide choices of accommodations and well0established navigation system.
2. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
On the extreme southwest border of the country, covering over 1,500 square km is Kenya’s quintessential safari destination Masai Mara. Basically, it is one of the very few places where you can spot the Lion in its natural habitat. Unwind the legendary Masai villages and the Great Migration of millions of wildebeest, Zebra and Antelope as they pilgrim for better grazing.
3. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The east of Zambia houses an immersive wilderness experience with the most incredible Walking Safaris. This National Park is home to healthy herds of antelope and elephants along with a bunch of large lion prides. Abundant with its riverine species, you can spot ample hippos here. South Luangwa is an essential bird-paradise with 400 avian species residing here.
4. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
In Northern Tanzania, adjacent to Masai Mara lies the classic African setting of Serengeti. This site witnesses sprawling grasslands dotted with acacia trees and grazing groups of zebra and antelope. And with millions of herbivores comes gazillions of predators, making Serengeti an ideal destination to watch lions and cheetahs in action. Another impeccable place to observe the Great Migration, Serengeti is much larger and way less populated than Masai Mara.
5. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
To the West of Zimbabwe is South Africa’s least populated major safari destination, thus making it the most adventurous and highly discoverable spot. The elephant and buffalo citizenry is legendary here, with a bunch of lions roaring here and there. If you are a dog person, it’s the best place to gawk at elusive African Wild Dogs. You can opt between Walking safaris, Horseback safaris and even Night safaris in Hwange.
6. Chobe National Park, Botswana
Eulogized as the ‘Land of Giants’, lying adjacent to the Okavango Delta is this vast expanse of 4 distinct ecosystems and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife. Chobe, nestled in the beautiful Botswana, is revered for its elephants and bird life. Particularly, the Savuti Marsh offers the greatest year-round concentrations of animals. Plan a day to visit the epic Victoria Falls while you are here, aside from the obvious Boat Cruise on the Chobe River.
7. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Southwest of Uganda, on the edge of the legendary Rift Valley is Bwindi, an extremely dense rainforest that is home to nearly half of the world’s Mountain Gorilla population. Allow yourself a tete-a-tete with this endangered species, before they wipe out completely. Other than that, there are chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and antelope. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet the area’s pygmy population!
Another inescapable addition to your itinerary would be the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the world’s most luxurious train. Begin a 3-week journey that packs a Big-5 Safari entourage for you, showcasing iconic vistas and a tropical island getaway as you snake across the continent between Cape Town and Dar Es Salaam!