Introduction: Top 10 African Safari Destinations
We are often so busy with our hectic and stress filled lifestyles that we forget about the beauty of the world out there and the amazing lives that completes the mother earth. If you want an escape from the buildings that are raised sky high and get a taste of the wilderness to your soul, why not take a trip to the largest continent, Africa to witness the majestic beasts roaming freely in the wild? Africa is a place like non other for adventure filled wilderness and long living memories.
#1 - Kruger National Park, South Africa
When talking about African safari holidays, Kruger National Park, South Africa certainly comes to the spotlight as it belongs to the list of largest game reserves in Africa covering up to 19,485 square kilometers in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo of northeastern South Africa. Named as Africa’s first national park in 1926, this game reserve measures 65km from east to west and 360km from north to south. This park belongs the Kruger Canyons Biosphere authorized by the UNESCO.
Kruger Park Wildlife Facts
This nearly two million hectares of untouched African wilderness in Kruger National Park becomes a playing host for an incredible collection of wildlife and birdlife.
#2 - Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
If you have always dreamed of an African lion safari, you should definitely explore Maasai Mara National Reserve which spreads across 1510 square kilometer in south western parts of Kenya as it is known for a remarkable population of lions, cheetahs and leopards. The reserve is also world known for the “Great Migration” as zebras, wildebeests and Thomson’s gazelles migrate from adjoined Serengeti park in south every year in the months of July to October.
#3 - Chobe National Park, Botswana
Renowned to the most biologically diverse, Botswana’s first national part and the third largest park of Botswana is Chobe National Park. Taking an African safari vacation in Chobe National Park, you will witness the action of lions preying on elephants and a population of 50,000 largest elephants on earth, Kalahari elephants. The park is divided into 3 parts according to key ecosystems: the Serondela area, the Savuti Marsh area (4200 sq. mi) and the Linyanti Marsh.
#4 - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Situated in East Zambia, South Luangwa National park is a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary due to greatly diverse habitats consisting of more than 60 mammal species and 400 bird species. The most concentrated lagoons are situated in this game along Luangwa River being the home to crocodiles and hippopotami. African safari holidays to this park would gift you with the mesmerizing sight of Cape buffaloes, and Thornicroft’s giraffes. This park is well-known for walking safaris for an exclusive exposure to wilderness.
#6 - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The ideal destination for African safari honeymoon is Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Situated in the Mara and Simiyu regions of Tanzania, this park covers 5700 square miles of woodlands, riverine forests, grassland plains and savanna. A safari in this park witnesses the annual migration of over 250,000 zebras and 1.5 million white bearded wildebeests. You can also witness honey badgers and Nile crocodiles. The park consists of 3 main areas, named, Serengeti plains, Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti.
#7 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
For a supreme African budget safaris, choose Bwindi Impenetrable National Park situated in south western Uganda spreading across Democratic Republic of Congo and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forests covering an area of 128 square miles only approachable by foot. This park is designated as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO as it is home to 348 species of birds, 120 species of mammals, 200 butterfly species, 20 frog species and many species that belong in the list endangered species.
#8 - Etosha National Park, Namibia
Established as a National park in northwestern Namibia in 1907 after being discovered in 1851, Etosha National Park spreads across 8600 square miles. The Etosha pan which covers 23% of the park gives the park its name. An African safari vacation to Etosha National Park takes you the home of endangered species such as the black rhinoceros, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Located n the Kunene region, the Etosha National Park borders Oshana, Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto region.
#9 - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
The largest natural sanctuary in Zimbabwe founded in 1928 is Hwange National Park. As the park is located near the Kalahari Desert, it consists of a xenophile vegetation. The Kalahari woodland consists of Sand Camwood, Zambezi teak and Kalahari bauhinia. 19 large herbivores, 8 large carnivores, 100 mammals and 400 bird species are found in the Hwange National Park. Hwange is the only protected area that has a number of brown hyena, African Leopards, Cheetahs and gemsboks
#10 - Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Spreading across 13,747 square meters, known to be the oldest and the largest reserves in Kenya is Tsavo East National Park, which is situated in a semi-arid zone. Archeological sites from the middle stone age and the early stone age can be found in the surface of Tsavo East National Park. Key attractions of this park are Mudanda rock, Lugard Falls, Aruba Dam, Yatta Plateau, a variety of mammals including over 650 lions and 500 species of birds.