There is nothing like going on a safari, it is an unforgettable experience offering an a lifetime of experience hardly to forget. Watching the sun reaches its peak and the sense of peace that comes with being surrounded by untamed wilderness and listing to the sounds of wild creatures calling at night – pure bliss! Each day with unexpected excitement, and one never know what new sights and experiences the day will bring.
9 SAFARI DESITINATIONS IN AFRICA
The Masai Mara National Reserve is considered to be the greatest game park on earth. The annual wildlife spectacle sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding across the plains in search for greener grass from around July to October. The park is also home to the large predator populations such as numerous lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals and a large number of other wild animals and 450 bird species. Beyond Masai Mara and the Serengeti lie plenty of other quality parks with abundances of wildlife, including the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Bogoria, where thousands of colourful flamingos reside.
In The Serengeti National Park is home to the biggest population of mammals in the world. The endless plains are dotted with lone trees. The Big Five of Africa are found in plenty here, with an abundance of lions to be seen. TheNgorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters on earth with over 30,000 animals living in the crater.
The Chobe National Park is boasting the largest continuous elephant herds that numbers 40000 individuals. The park diverse habitats supports a high density and rich variety of wild animals and birds. The park is also known for their game viewing cruises along the Chobe River, witch attracts plenty of animals and birds. Look for crocodiles, buffalo, zebras, hippos and many other animals in the Okavango Delta’s tangled waterways and islands.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s top safari destination and home to an unrivalled diversity of wildlife. Wildlife include 145 mammal species and nearly 500 bird species. Home Africa’s Big Five as well as hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes and numerous antelope species.
Namibia is dotted with incredible natural wonders from the Fish River Canyon to the Namibia Desert. More than 100 species of mammals as well as the endangered black rhinoceros can be found in The Etosha National Park centred around the stark-white Etosha Pan. The park is boasting the tallest elephants on the continent. After good rains the cracked-clay transforms into lush thick woodlands and grasslands attracting game and birds, including thousands of flamingos and water birds. Wildlife sightings include rhinos, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards and a large variety of antelopes.
The South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia offers you incredible walking safaris allowing you an immersive wilderness experience. The park is home to herds of antelope, elephant and several large lion prides.It is made special by its abundant riverine species, and is a great place for hippo-spotting.The park is also a birder’s paradise with more than 400 avian species within its boundaries.The time to visit the park for bird viewing is in the rainy seasons, while the dry winter months are good for game-viewing. During the dry winter the animals congregate on the banks of the Luangwa River in search of precious water.
The Odzala-Kokoua National Park lies within the second largest area of tropical rainforest in the entire world. The park is home to western lowland gorillas, a range of buffalo, elephants and forest hogs. The marshy grasslands which draw the animals in with their constant water supply, are perfect for wildlife encounters.
The Hwange National Park offers you one of the best game-viewing experiences on the continent and is possible the least crowded safari destination in Africa. The Hwange elephant and large herds of buffalo is legendary. The elusive African wild dog and lions is often spotted here too. The park is also home to over 400 species of birdlife. The park is also offering game drives, walking safaris, horseback safari, night safaris and bush walks.
On the edge of the Rift Valley in the southwest Unganda, The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers an experience you will never forget.The park is home to nearly half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas - critically endangered subspecies with approximately 880 individuals remaining in the wild. The parks habituated gorilla groups can be track on foot, allowing you to come face-to-face with these fascinating great apes. The park is also home to chimpanzees, baboons, elephant, antelope and a diverse birdlife with more than 20 endemic species. You can also meet the region's native pygmy people.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Also remember you will start early, every game drive is different, you are not guaranteed to see anything, where you stay matters, trust you rangers, the animals aren’t scared of trucks and there is no dress code.Enjoy the experience of a lifetime!