An African Safari is one of those wondrous experiences that many people dream about. With images of heading into the wilds in a sturdy jeep, soaking up the scorching African sun, and seeing a staggering amount of different wildlife, an African Safari prevents plenty of opportunities for adventure and excitement.
There are many places across the continent where visitors can see dramatic landscapes and a rich variety of creatures that call the continent home. Perfect safari conditions can be found in countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is a tough call trying to select the best safari destinations, but some top places to go on an African Safari include the following:
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kenya’s Maasai Mara is an ideal choice for big cat lovers. Whatever the weather, you are almost certain to see a wide selection of impressive and fearsome beautiful large felines. Lions, cheetahs, leopards inhabit the vast wilderness, and you may even see elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and other African animals running across the vast rolling plains. Although awesome at every time of the year, the best times to visit are from July onwards during the migration season, when huge numbers of animals head to the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti. It really is one of nature’s very best shows.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
The World Heritage Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a terrific place to go if you want to see large and fearsome looking mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla’s live in the area, and thus you are fairly likely to see some. It is a very scenic area, and other creatures that call the area home include chimpanzees, a large selection bird species, numerous butterfly types, elephants, jackals, hogs, and different reptiles. The old forest is one of the most bio-diverse in the eastern part of Africa, and there are over 1,000 different species of flowers, creating a colourful background.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Namibia can boast having the biggest population of cheetahs in Africa. Etosha National Park offers spectacular scenery, and is especially popular with visitors who like to drive themselves around on their adventures and explorations. As well as cheetahs, other animals that you may see include white and black rhinos, elephants, lions, zebra, antelope, and leopards.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The stunning grasslands and plains of the Serengeti National Park offer an amazing African safari trip. It is less visited than other popular spots, and is therefore great for those who like to feel like they are almost alone in the wilderness. It is famous for being the starting point of the mass migrations of wildebeest and zebra each year, and it is a terrific place for being able to see skillful lions hunting their prey, and feeling your heart beat faster as you watch the chase and the ultimate show of the survival of the fittest.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Home to four different eco-systems, the park contains huge numbers of a varied selection of wildlife all throughout the year. A high concentration of elephants means that you are almost certain of seeing them. It is possible to drive around the park yourself, and there is also the possibility of seeing giraffe, hippos, zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo. Botswana is often regarded as being one of the best countries in Africa for great safaris.
The Zambezi River, Zambia
The Zambezi River lazily winds through gorgeous forests and floodplains, providing an appealing home to many different creatures. Visitors can enjoy varied activities in the area, including safe hikes, fishing, and camping. Hear the roar of lions as you huddle inside your tent, listen to the chatter from distant hyenas, and enjoy a visual feast of nature, including leopards, elephants, crocodiles, lizards, birds, and butterflies.
This is a small selection of some of the top places to go on an African Safari. Wherever you choose, you are sure to have one of the most fabulous trips of your life.