30 Best Africa Safari destinations
One of the hardest decisions to make by the majority of holiday makers who wish to take a safari in Africa is choosing where to go and which destinations to visit in Africa. I know that this may seem very challenging considering the numerous countries to make your choice from, the different game parks to visit, the uncountable activities to do as well as the amazing safari lodge to stay in, however, in this article we shall highlight some of the finest and top thirty (30) Safari destinations you can visit while on your safari in Africa.
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Addo Elephant National Park is a greatly varied wildlife park found near Port Elizabeth within South Africa. It is the third largest game park in the country after Kruger NP and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It offers nearly the adventure you can ever imagine on an African safari in a very remote far-away setting with no malaria causing mosquitoes. Currently it is no longer just an elephant sanctuary but also home of Africa’s Big Five animals as well as a great place to enjoy different family activities such as whale watching off the mainland, horse riding plus short hikes.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe National Park is situated in the far northern part of Botswana, and it is the third largest as well as the most frequently visited game park in the country. Its name was derived from River Chobe which flows along the parks northern border with caprivi Strip in Namibia. Currently, this river is the park’s life link offering water throughout the year for the numerous animals and birds hat stay in this park.
This amazing park is best known for its very big herds of elephant most of which are seen moving in hundreds. ToDay it is approximated that one hundred and twenty thousand elephants live within this park, although buffaloes are present as well in nearly equal numbers. There is also a thriving lion population living within the park’s boundaries, and chances of seeing the Big five animals are there although rhino sighting are now becoming less.
The Chobe National park has one of the highest wildlife game parks on the continent, and offers several exciting tourist activities such as game drives, sand boarding and sand sledding, a very long double zip-line, hiking and boat cruises on the river.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
The Etosha National parks has a generally flat topology with large grasslands surrounding it renowned Etosha Pan. The bushes are very thin and the wild animals that live in this park have well adapted to these very dry conditions. For the largest time of the year, these animals have to depend on the large number of waterholes which are scattered across the reserve for survival.
Found in the northern part of the country covering an area of approximately 22,270 square kilometers, this conservation area is among the most important wildlife areas on the African continent and the most popular as well as most visited in Namibia.
The dominant Etosha Pan where in fact most of the wildlife documentaries we see on our televisions have been recorded from is a large salt crust dried-out lake bed which covers the largest part of the park. It offers habitat to more than 140 different species of mammals among which are giraffes, lions, rhinos as well as elephants. There are numerous water holes scattered around the dried lake bed, and there you can easily see several animals drink water especially during the dry season. The animals are normally observed fighting for space at the water hole which gives a very dramatic game viewing experience.
Besides game drives, camping is also possible in Etosha Reserve. You will be able to stay in one of the fenced sites inside the park which will enable you to actually see wild animals standing just a couple of meters from your safari tent. In the night you will definitely enjoy the starlit African skies in the vast wilderness.
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest declared wildlife on the African continent, found in South Africa within the KwaZulu Natal region. it covers a vast wilderness of approximately 96,000 hectares, with dusty roads rolling over the terrain awaiting you to explore in four wheel drive (4X4)safari cares as you enjoy game drives, sight Africa’s Big Five, see the breathtaking sun set beyond the horizon as well as take as many photographs as you want. This will be your golden opportunity to explore this part of the Zulu land.
there are several wildlife habitats found within this vast wilderness that offer a safe refuge to different wild animals among which are the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes), the endangered African wild dogs, giraffes and cheetahs. Furthermore, with a bird list of over 330 birds, this is a birdwatchers’ paradise with several interesting species like the African finfoot, southern bald ibis, violet backed starling as well as the jacana.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is comprised of two major parts: the Hluhlluwe found in the north and to the south is the Imfolozi previously known as Umfolozi. There is no physical barrier separating the two and when you pay the entrance fee at the conservation gate, you can access both areas. White river Imfolozi neighbors the Imfolozi in the north, whose landscape is comprised of more savanna plus grasslands, as well as a couple of steep hills plus valleys especially within the lowlands of the river. On the other hand, the Hluhluwe found in the north has a landscape comprised of high edges and several hills. Generally, it is the rocky – mountainous part of the reserve.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
The Hwange National Park is the largest and most renowned game reserve in the whole of Zimbabwe, and without a doubt the best destination to enjoy a safari in Zimbabwe. It prides in a wide variety of natural habitats and different vegetation covers such as the arid Kalahari-like shrubs, vast open lands, mopane shrub-land, teak forests, acacia savanna as well as large wetlands. This great diversity of Mother Nature attracts a large number of different wild animals and birds which make the Hwange the perfect pace to enjoy a true Africa wildlife safari such as unusual African wild dogs, thousands of elephants. Because of its close proximity to the renowned Victoria Falls, these two destinations can be combined on your safari in Zimbabwe.
The best time to visit Hwange is from July up to September as the game viewing is excellent as well. During this time there are very few water sources across the park so the animals have to visit the waterholes in order to drink water. In addition, since the vegetation is thin in those months, it’s easier to see the animals. The humidity is very low a thing which results into fewer malaria causing mosquitoes making it very ideal for safaris. The Victoria Falls can best be visited from the month of May to September.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
the is the most famous game reserve on the African continent and it covers a very large area of approximately 7,580 square miles (19,633 square kilometers) within the far northeastern part of South Africa. It extends through the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and stretches along South Africa’s border with Mozambique. This is the best place for any holiDaymaker interested in visiting South Africa. It offers great opportunities for game viewing, self drive as well as guided game-drives.
This beautiful park is a destination for self-drive, however you will find several tour operators conducting guided safaris here. it has an excellently modeled infrastructure that comprises of hides, waterholes, picnic sites as well as rest camps. The Kruger is a very remarkable wildlife destination that will give you an opportunity to explore Africa at its wildest.
its varied vegetation cover comprises of mopane trees, baobabs, marula, , knob thorns as well as the fever trees, and these offer habitat to different animals such as the rhino beetles, buffaloes, leopards as well as lions, in addition to several birds including the Big Six Birds: the saddle-bill stork, ground hornbill, pel’s fishing owl, kori bustard, martial eagle plus lappet-faced vulture. The Kruger has the highest number of wild animals compared to other reserves on the African continent.
In addition to the endless wildlife living in this reserve, there are a number of exceedingly large and remarkable assortments of luxury lodges inside the park as well as in the nearby areas.
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
The ultimate experience on a gorilla trekking Safari is the opportunity to come face to face with these hairy forest giants. Bwindi National Park found in Uganda holds the largest number of mountain gorillas in the world and offers the best opportunities to see these gorillas in the whole world. In case you get an opportunity to visit the eastern part of the country, we recommend that you visit the Bwindi home of the gorillas. There are only 800 gorillas found in the world toDay and these can only be seen in three (3) destinations which are: Uganda having more than 60% of them, then Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Unquestionably, the Maasai Mara National Reserve found in Kenya is among the most popular safari destinations on the continent. This vast park found within the rift valley covers an area of 25,000 sq kilometers, and its terrain is generally flat with extensive open savanna grass-lands that offer habitat to incredibly high numbers of different wild animals which are mainly concentrated in the western escarpment. because this is among the wildlife habitats on the African continent with the highest number of wild animals, during you safari here you are guaranteed to have remarkable game viewings of animals such as: zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, servals, reedbucks, hyenas, oribi, bat-eared foxes, waterbucks, side-striped jackals, impalas, black-backed jackals, Grant’s gazelles, hippos, Thompson’s gazelles, crocodiles, elands, baboons, topi as well as warthogs in addition to the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos)
The Maasai Mara is also internationally renowned for its yearly wildebeest migration which happens each year between late July to early November, as nearly two million animals are seen matching through the plains of this park and also get a chance to watch the dramatic river cross as thousands of animals brave to cross River Mara which is infested by so many hungry crocodiles eager to prey on them. This is a very breathing phenomenon that every holiDaymaker should see.
ToDay there are over 90 different mammal species, reptiles plus amphibians in addition to nearly 410 bird species living within this wildlife reserve. The Maasai Mara can be accessed either by road or air transport especially if connecting from Nairobi.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro crater is a must-see destinations found in Tanzania, which is ideally a caldera or call it a collapsed volcano that covers just 260 square kilometers and it has approximately 30,000 animals living within its walls and in fact it is one of the easiest places where you can see the big Five. The crater floor prides in a highly varied range of wildlife habitats among which are: swamps, montane forests, a shallow salt lake – Lake Magadi, grasslands as well as acacia forests. Thanks to the numerous habitats, a very large number of birds and animals have found a safe haven here among which are the Big Fives, a large number of different antelope species, the critically-endangered black rhino, zebras, hippos, and crocodiles. In fact it is approximated that 25,000 large mammals live on the crater floor. The beauty about this crater is that you will get an opportunity to see a large number of animals but in a very short time. Not to forget, the salt lake is a magnet to hundreds of the pink flamingoes plus a number of prey birds.
Considering the fact that it is a collapsed volcano, the walls leading to the crater floor are steep at a height of 610 meters forming a beautiful bowl in which the numerous animals freely move. So be assured of a remarkable and memorable wildlife viewing experience here.
there are a number of different accommodation facilities found on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater that range from the luxury to the mid-range which offer very good service and uninterrupted views of the animals on the floor of the river.
The wider Ngorongoro Conservation area in which this crater is found, was declared a UNESCO heritage and has an archeological site Olduvai Gorge where Dr. Leakey and his wife discovered human remains (a skull) dating 1.75 million years ago that were very key in the study of man’s evolution.
Kibale National Park, Uganda
This is a primatologists’ paradise as it holds the largest diversity and number of primates in the whole of eastern Africa. The park found in Uganda is most popular for its very large population of chimpanzees estimated to be in one thousand. A number of groups have been habituated making it the best place to track chimpanzees in Africa. Chimpanzees are said to share 98% of their DNA with man, so imagine getting an opportunity to stand face to face with ‘man’s closest relative’ in their natural habitat; it is a very remarkable and unforgettable experience.
There are thirteen (13) primate species found in the park among which are: red colobus monkeys, potto, L’Hoest’s monkey, bush babies, the black & white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons as well as the grey-cheeked mangabey.
Other wildlife found in the park include: forest elephants, buffaloes, butterflies, bush pigs plus duikers, in addition to several birds
The Okavango delta of Botswana is among the very few wild places in Africa that will offer you an exceptional combination of impressive wildlife views, beautiful vistas, isolated islands, waterways beautifully lined with palm trees, and a very large pristine wilderness. This enormous oasis is the largest inland delta on the African continent covering an area of 15,000 square kilometers within the Kalahari Desert. You will have an opportunity to enjoy views of lions, elephants, buffaloes and giraffes among other animals as you take a ride in a dugout canoe. There are also guided bushwalks led by the local guides which will take you closer to Mother Nature.
The swamps around this area were created as a result of River Okavango flooding each year. These then open into the large wildlife-supporting oasis in the desert. This beautiful delta draws to itself several wild animals as it provides a permanent source of water even in the dry season. Without a doubt, the Okavango Delta provides a very memorable experience in the wilderness with some of the finest game views and remote yet good quality lodges. The large number of wildlife living here guarantees that each visit to this area will offer you a different and unforgettable experience. Although the cost of accommodation around this area is slightly higher compared to other tourist destinations in Botswana, they offer value for money! A number of them are situated within private concessions and so they can have off-road game drives, night game drives, fishing as well as guided bush walks (these activities are not allowed at the lodges within the parks).
Among the different accommodation facilities around this area, some are more focused on land activities such as game drives for game viewing, while others are focused on water activities like boat cruises and the mokoro trips, however, the majority of them offer both land and water adventure activities to their clients.
The Moremi, which is part of the Okavango Delta, was the very first reserve in Botswana, and it was established by the local people living in that area who fought against the uncontrolled expansion of cattle farms and hunting that were taking place at the time.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular game park in Uganda covering an area of 1978 sq km within the south western part of the country. This beautiful park prides in one of the two only surviving populations of the tree-climbing lions. These lions are very impressive and can be seen within the Ishasha sector resting on the branches of the giant acacia trees. The park has a natural water channel that connects two lakes – Lakes Edward and George. Exciting boat cruises are organized on the water channel during which you will get a chance to see large schools of hippos, crocodiles and a profusion of birds. There are a number of view points around the park where visitors can stand and marvel at the beautiful landscape that comprises of several explosion craters which are remains of the volcano activities that happened within this area.
Currently the park has ten (10) primate species living within the Maramagambo forest among which are chimpanzees, several large mammals like the hyenas, warthogs, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, lions, Uganda kobs, waterbucks as well as the giant forest hogs, topis can best be seen in the southern part of the park while crocodiles and large schools of hippos can be seen in the shallows of the Kazinga Channel. Furthermore, it as a bird list of more than 600 species which have been recorded here among which are: large numbers of White and Abdim’s Storks, Grey Kestrel, Saddle-billed Storks, African Harrier Hawk, Lesser Masked Weavers, Bateleur, Grey-headed Kingfishers, Whalberg’s Eagle, African Mourning Doves, Brown Snake Eagle, Black-headed Gonoleks as well as the Red-chested Sunbirds which can best be seen in the plains. The Grey-headed Gull, Great White & Pink-backed Pelican, African Skimmer, Great Cormorant, African Fish Eagle, African Open-billed Stork, African Jacana as well as the Knob-billed Duck can be seen around the Kazinga Channel.
Selous Game Reserve
Although not popularly visited, the Selous Game reserve is the largest protected game reserve in Africa covering an area of 54,600 square kilometers which is 1.5 times the size of Belgium and nearly 3 times the size of the renowned Serengeti National Park. This vast wilderness found in the southern part of Tanzania is a UNESCO world heritage that was named after a popular conservationist and renowned hunter – Sir Frederick Selous who traveled from Europe to Selous so many decades ago.
The Selous is best known for its unspoiled bushes and remarkably large number of wild animals including predators like warthogs, lions, zebras, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, and hippos among many others, plus a list of approximately 440 bird species recorded here. Something very notable about this reserve is that it offers a large number of tourist activities and above all will give you the true African wilderness Safari experience. River Rufiji which flows through the park creates numerous waterways on which exciting boat rides are conducted. During these you will see numerous hippos and crocodiles, bird watching safaris, game drives and walking safaris are all available here
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National park is one of the top tourist destinations in Tanzania and is very popular for the Great Migration also known as the Wildebeest Migration. The Great Migration has been listed among the seven natural wonders of Africa. The hilly outcrops, wattle woodlands and vast plains provide a sanctuary for a diversity of wildlife and the Great Migration. There is a variety of accommodation facilities available, from luxury lodges to basic campsites.
The Great Migration happens over a period of time with river crossings at Grumeti and Mara. The migration takes place all year long as over a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope move in a clockwise motion through the Serengeti plains in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya and then back again forming one big circle in search of water and grazing. They are closely pursued by predators during their annual migration. The breath-taking river crossing mostly takes place at specific times but the entire process is dependent on when and where the rain falls. It is unpredictable and changes from year to year. Enquire from our safari consultants about the perfect time to see what you want to see.
The Serengeti National Park covers a vast area in North Western Tanzania and is one of the most fascinating places to visit. It habituates over 70 mammals including the big five, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, an extensive number of antelope, large numbers of lions plus over 500 species of birds. Serengeti is without a doubt the best known wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It is home to the greatest wild life spectacle on earth, the Great Migration.
Apart from the Great Migration that moves through the area, the park is uniquely wonderful with an array of plants and animals.
Some of the recreation activities to take part in are; witness the Great Migration, walking safaris, cultural safaris, visit nearby Ngorongoro crater and Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most important anthropological sites, Day game drives as well as hot air balloon flights.
It is always a great time to tour Serengeti National Park since there are always large numbers of wild animals that stay in the park all year long but do not follow the migration route.
South Luangwa National
South Luangwa National park in Eastern Zambia is a renowned wild life sanctuary. It is very charming with a diverse landscape that comprises of large floodplains, woodland thickets plus oxbow lakes in addition to the permanent River Luangwa which draws a very large number of animals and birds to itself a diversity of wildlife. South Luangwa National park is one of the best known national parks in Africa for walking safaris and one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s wildlife first hand. You will be with a team of expert guides who are experienced and armed trackers. The Luangwa river overflows with hippos and you will probably encounter huge herds of buffaloes, elephants and the rare native Thornicroft’s giraffes with their rare patterns. Leopards are often seen on night drives (permitted in Zambia’s national parks) and other nocturnal animals for example the civet, porcupine plus serval cat.
South Luangwa National park is famous for its huge concentration of wildlife and the excellent quality of its guides. It offers a unique walking safari experience and it is one of the best places to see leopards in the world. South Luangwa is a paradise for safari enthusiasts.
Luangwa National park is one of the top tourist attractions in Zambia with a variety of accommodation facilities ranging from simple campsites to executive safari lodges which all offer game drives and bush walks with expert guided. Some offer great fly-in deals.
Amboseli National Park Travel Guide
Amboseli National park is one of Kenya’s popular parks only second to Maasai Mara known for its large elephant herds. Amboseli is a local Maasai word that means “salty dust” and it is one of the best places to view large herds of elephants up close. They are commonly photographed with the nearby Kilimanjaro Mountain in the background. Amboseli merges well with a number of game parks for an exceptional Kenyan safari experience. It is only 200km from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.
Huge herds of elephants and thousands of other large animals come to drink at the area’s permanent lakes and swamplands.
Nature lovers can take many photographs with the very unique Kilimanjaro Mountain in the background.
Amboseli has its own wildebeest and zebra migration on a smaller scale than the Maasai Mara although this fact is not widely known. Other wild animal species found within this park include: the eland, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, waterbucks, hartebeest, buffaloes as well as a number of lions and hyenas.
The Amboseli region has numerous lodges and safari camps and walking safaris are also very common in this area. Its closeness to the Tanzania border makes it renown and a must see on your safari.
Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya
This encompasses two reserves Tsavo East along with Tsavo West National Parks. Tsavo East National Park is among the least developed game parks in Kenya. The game viewing is magnificent here in spite of the fact that it is far from being thought about as a model stopover for many safari itineraries. This creates a more thrilling sensation. Tsavo offers an ideal holiDay destination especially if you are looking for an extra-ordinary and genuine experience far from the overpopulated, more renowned parks such as the neighboring Amboseli and the Maasai Mara.
Tsavo is also a stone’s throw from the coast not more than 100 km from the shore line of Kenya and it makes a great combination for a unique bush and beach experience. The Nairobi-Mombasa highway splits Tsavo into two parts that is West Tsavo as well as East Tsavo thus providing a totally diverse experience on your safari.
Tsavo West National Park in contrast to its counterpart in the East is way more forested and with a mountainous landscape with proof of its volatile past in dramatic black rock evolution. The majority of the development and lodges are situated in the Northern area. The vista is very impressive with thick vegetation, flourishing grasslands as well as a rugged topography. Do not miss to stop by the Mzima Springs, a pure spring water pool with an oceanic view where you can gaze at the numerous hippos. This park is larger than the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve by nine fold and has some extra ordinary safari accommodations.
Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana occupies an enormous region along with a huge section of the Okavango Delta plus theChiefs Island. The land-based section of the reserve found in the Northeast is the most explored section of the Moremi Game Reserve and it is accessible by either air transport to Xakanaxa Airstrip or by road transport in a 4×4 vehicle connecting from Maun. all year round, game viewing in the Moremi Game Reserve is very rewarding.
The Game Reserve is among the outstanding wildlife destinations in Botswana. The accommodation facilities within the Moremi Game Reserve offer both Four Wheel Drive game drives as well as boat expeditions on the Okavango Delta’s waterways. The reserve is home to the ‘Big five’ animals despite the fact that at the moment, rhinos can only be seen at Chief’s Island found deep within the Delta following a rhino re-introduction plan that was very successful. In the other parts of the reserve, you can look forward to seeing wild dogs, monkeys, leopards, baboons, lions, wildebeests, elephants, zebras, as well as buffaloes, plus the uncommon cheetahs.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The Volcanoes National Park was initially the place where Dian Fossey established the Karaoke Research Centre back in 1967 to focus on the gorilla conservation work she was doing. Currently this is one of the few places on the planet where you can get to trek and see the mountain gorillas that live here. Other animals found in this park include: buffaloes, elephants, as well as the golden monkeys. On top of seeing the wildlife, you can also ascend Mount Karisimbi together with Mount Bisoke.
Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
The Kidepo National Park is the most remote game park in Uganda however with a greatly rewarding wildlife experience awaiting those adventurous holiDaymakers ready to take the long drive to it. The Park is a sanctuary to approximately 75 types of mammals as well as an amazing 475 species of birds recorded here. It’s among the least visited tourist destinations in the country which as a result offer holiDaymakers a private off-the-beaten track wildlife experience.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
The strikingly beautiful landscapes as well as the vastness of KgalagardiTrans frontier Park are destined to amaze even the most experiences safari traveler. It is among the largest wilderness places on the planet not to mention the fact that it is an abode to the lovable peeping meerkats as well as the rare black-manned Kalahari lions. The scanty vegetation in the area creates unobstructed opportunities for photography making it a remarkable play-ground for wildlife photographers.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park is known to have some of the most appealing, remarkable bush camps as well as lodges in the whole of Zambia. This game park is found within a large valley that was created by the enormous rift / crack in the crust of the earth in which currently the great River Zambezi flows. as a result of volcanic activity within the area, rich deposits of minerals that were deposited so many years, ago formed a green tropical paradise that supports varied vegetation types which offer habitat to a large number of wild animals and birds. The amazing park offers guided walking safari, the standard Day-time game drives, fishing tours, boat cruises on the river, night game drives as well as canoe trips. With all this great varied safari activities, it is ideal for a family and indeed very hard to get bored.
The level of service you will enjoy at your accommodations, couple with the amazing guiding skills of the park rangers will certainly impress you. The majority of the camps here are privately owned by managed so be assured of good quality service by very hospitable well trained staff.
among some of the animals you will see here include: large buffalo herds, waterbucks, impalas, wildebeests, buffalo, zebras, elephants, bushbucks, elands plus a healthy populations of the kudu. The shallows of the river are filled with large schools of hippos plus crocodiles. There is also an interesting variety of large predators such as lions, leopards and spotted hyena in addition to the occasionally seen African wild dogs. The birdlife here is also quite impressive with several water birds, fish eagles, wader – storks, spoonbills, herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and darters recorded here.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools national park found in Zimbabwe is another interesting destination to enjoy an African Safari. Mana which is a local word for “four” in the Shona language signifies the four (4) permanent water pools which are fed by River Zambezi found inside the park. In the rainy season, the entire park area receives adequate rainfall, however when the dry season comes in most of the areas dry up and these four pools are the only remaining source of water for the numerous animals. So at that time, there are very remarkable game views as large herds of animals swarm the pools to drink water. Some of the animals you will see here include: elephants, buffaloes, different antelopes and leopards. the elephants in this area sometimes walk up to the guest lodges offering tourists a closer encounter of the gifts of Mother Nature.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the oldest yet most beautiful city within South Africa believed to be nearly 400 years old, and it is very rich in culture as well as history. Rated as one of the best travel destinations on the African continent, it was constructed on Table Mountain’s slopes; offering something for everyone including the breathtaking views, several places of interest to visit, international cuisine and nice beaches. the beautiful city is affordable, safe and filled with vibrant people both the locals and international guests.
There are a number of places you can visit or activities you can be part of among which are: taking the cable-way to the Peak of theTable Mountains, visit cape point where the Indian ocean and the Atlantic ocean meet, explore the cape winelands for wine tasting, cellar tours and a yummy fresco lunch. check out the Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18, and so many other place.
Lake Nakuru found in Kenya is a very popular first stop among most safaris in that part of Africa mainly for two major reasons. First of all, it has a soda lake best known for the large flocks of the pink flamingoes (in hundreds of thousands) that swarm around it forming a pink ‘blanket’ over the lake. It’s said to be the best bid spectacle on the planet. Secondly, it is home to the black and white rhinos. The white rhinos live within the floodplains close to the lake since they are grazers while the black rhinos live in the acacia woodlands on the southern part of the park since they are browsers.
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
This small but beautiful park has an alkaline Lake Manyara that forms the ‘blood line’ of the parks. A drive in the park will offer you an opportunity to explore its different habitats which offer habitat to various wildlife including buffaloes, tiny dik-diks, blue monkeys, Elephants, baboons, giraffes, hippos, zebras and the unique tree-climbing lions.
Thanks to the great diversity of habitats this is a remarkable bird watchers paradise with seal interesting species of birds among which are: several raptors and the pink flamingoes.
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
The Murchison Falls National Park found in the north western Uganda is an very remarkable safari destination. Not only is it the largest national park in Uganda but also showcases the beautiful Murchison falls found on the course of River Nile. You will get an opportunity to enjoy a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls as well as hike to the top of the powerful falls. There are also 76 mammal species including the big five: lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and so many types of antelopes living in this park plus over 400 bird species.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route is the beautiful coastal area stretching between Mosselbay and the Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s southern coast. It is popular for its stunning scenery, beaches, mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. There are numerous interesting, sloppy coastal towns that add character this Route, such as: George that holds the regional airport, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield as well as Nature’s Valley.
some of the attractions within the Garden Route vicinity such as the bushman village, shopping and dining experiences in Knysna, exploring the Cango Caves, visiting the water-front village, visiting the ostrich farms found close to Oudtshoorn,visiting the forests with large yellowwood trees found in Tsitsikamma, the charming lakes & rivers found close to Sedgefield, surf at the Plettenberg Bay, relaxing on the beautiful beaches as well as visiting Nature’s valley for guided nature walks.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mountain Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in Africa and offers hikers a change to explore Africa’s ‘roof top’. This towering mountain is found in Tanzania close to the border with Kenya. The mountain peak can be reached through seven (7) different Routes (Northern Circuit Route, Marangu Route, Rongai Route, Machame Route, Shira Route, Lemosho Route and the Umbwe Route) which will take you through the fertile farmlands, the verdant rainforest, ascend through the moorland until you finaly arrive on the alphine snow-covered summit – the Uhuru peak which majestically stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
This wetland park covers an area of 332,000 hectares. The word ‘iSimangaliso’ means ‘miracle – wonder’, which appropriately describes this unique stunning place has three (3) main lake systems, the last surviving swamp forest in South Africa as well as eight (8) inter-linking ecosystems. it prides in fascinating fishing traditions alleged to be nearly 700 year old, the biggest estuarine system on the planet, coastal dunes which are among the tallest in the world thought to be over 25,000 years old plus over 520 different bird species.
In the month of December in 1999, it was declared the first world Heritage site n South Africa, thanks to its natural beauty and international values. the iSimangaliso prides in a rich biodiversity supported by its greatly varied ecosystems which include: wetlands, coral reefs, savannahs, sandy beaches, forests and sand dunes which offer habitat to different animals like: various antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, leopards as well as black & white rhinos. The ocean on the other hand offers views of whales and dolphins plus various marine turtles.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of commonly asked questions asked by many tourists who visit Africa for a Safari HoliDay. Below we have highlighted the three main questions that have repeatedly been asked.
Is it safe to travel to Africa for a Safari?
Well something sad to admit but true is that the number one enemy of Africa is the international media which represents the continent as just one entity yet there are forty six (46) different countries each with its own uniqueness not only in politics and financial status but also gifts of Nature.
in fact many people who have traveled to Africa for the very first time have been stunned to see the level of civilization and serenity in the various countries compared to the ‘dangerous –unsafe’ image that has been tinted about the continent by media. There isn’t any country in the world which can allege to be one hundred percent safe, and for that reason, as it is when traveling to any new destination (or country) it is recommended that you follow some routine safety standards. So when visiting Africa, please follow the same safety precautions as though you were going to any other country across the world. While walking in the city centers, it’s recommended you live your valuables locked in your safe at the hotel, don’t move alone at night, and watch out for your belongings such as cameras, purses, money, wallets and passports especially when walking in crowded places.
When you go to the remote national parks and stay at the far-away lodges, your personal safety shouldn’t be an issue as you are so many miles away from crowds of people and crime at such accommodation facilities nearly never happens.
Above all choose a professional and knowledgeable tour operator as you plan your safari.
How much does it cost to go on a Safari in Africa?
I should bring this to your notice that 99.9% of the safaris organized for holiDaymakers are tailored to suit their preferences. so when it comes to how much a safari will cost, there are a number of key determining factors which include: the duration of the safari (how many Days the safari will take), the activities you are going to engage in, the quality of accommodation you are going to stay at (luxury, Mid-range or budget) and the time of the year you travel (the low tourist season offers a number of discounts) that will affect the total cost of the safari.
What are the best African Safari Tours?
Below we have highlighted some of the top tours you can take on your Africa Safari.
11 Days Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda Safari
11 Days Family safari in Southern Africa
10 Days Botswana Expedition
10 Days south Africa Safari
9 Days Tanzania great migrations Safari
9 Days Morocco Private Expedition
8 Days Private Kenya Expedition