Looking to do something a bit different and special with the family? We can’t think of a better thing to do than to go on an adventure in the wilderness, where you will encounter rare and wild animals like never before! These safari destinations are all unique in their own way, which means you’re sure to have an incredible holiday, no matter which one you end up picking.
Are you even surprised that Kenya is on this list? Probably the most popular safari destination in Africa, Kenya boasts a diverse range of animals along with breathtaking scenery.
The Maasai Mara - a Big Five safari destination - is renowned to be the best place for a safari, but the country also has numerous other fantastic national reserves such as the Shaba National Reserve, Aberdare National Park, Amboseli National Park, and Lake Nakuru National Park. Whether you’re looking to camp under the stars in the vast Kenyan grasslands, or explore it by jeep, or even fly over it in a helicopter, Kenya is the ideal destination for just that! Try to plan your trip around the annual migration time of the wildebeests (July to October) to experience something so spectacular, it will be ingrained in your mind forever.
Because Tanzania’s iconic Serengeti National Park is adjoining the famous Maasai Mara, many safari packages for Tanzania, also include Kenya, and vice versa. It is a top safari destination in Africa offering some stunning scenery and equally dramatic game viewing. The Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are sure to be stops on almost all safaris in the area. While the famous wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is a must-see, also explore Tanzania's coral reefs in Fundu Lagoon, and be sure to include a visit to Grumeti River - home to some of the world’s largest Nile crocodiles - in your itinerary.
Offering an un-fenced, natural, safari experience, Botswana probably offers the best safari experience of the lot. Teeming with wildlife; including Africa's largest elephant population, and home to vast and diverse habitats, Botswana is a world-class safari location. The Okavango Delta - a wetland within a desert - is one of Botswana’s best safari attractions, and the Chobe National Park is known to house Africa’s largest concentrations of game. Make the most of your trip by not just joining a guided drive or walk, but by hopping on the back of a horse or elephant, on climbing aboard a river cruise!
If you haven’t heard of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, we have just one question for you. Where have you been living!?
One of the oldest game reserve’s in Africa, and also one of the largest, Kruger is also known to be one of the best spots to see the Big Five. The Sabi Private Game Reserve, Pumba Private Game Reserve- home to rare white lions - and Manyeleti Game Reserve also offer not-to-be-missed experiences. While the rare animal encounters and dazzling landscapes are sure to be memorable, a true South African safari is incomplete without an introduction to the country’s charming culture.
For a bit of a different experience to the ones mentioned above, head to Rwanda! Rwanda is a destination most known by safari-goers for gorilla trekking, therefore offering a primate-experience like no other. Track wild silverback gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park, see a variety of bird species, colobus monkeys, chimpanzeesand more, at Nyungwe Forest National Park, or if big game is what you can’t wait to view, Akagera National Park is a must-visit. Spot mountain gorillas, buffalos, hyenas, elephants, leopards, 11 species of antelopes, and more, in beautiful Rwanda!
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