Since tourism is increasing in previous restricted countries, many national parks have been designated for the adventurous traveller to traverse the lands, marvel at the wildlife and immerse in the culture of the countries that hold some of the best safari destinations in the world. Here are our top five safari destinations that will captivate the traveller in you.
Serengeti National Park
One of the most visited game reserves in Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is also one of the oldest wild parks in the country. Serengeti meaning “endless plains” in Maasai language is celebrated for being one of the few places in the world where large herds of animals migrate to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. To experience the migration is a deep, moving encounter, which is why it is so often the subject for photography and a source of inspiration for filmmakers and writers.
At a staggering 14763 kilometres square, the Serengeti National Park encompasses hectares of grassland, savannah and woodlands where various animal species roam and call home.
There are many ways to explore this natural park, most popular being off-track safari excursions and hot-air balloon rides, which is best for traversing the plains and viewing the wild animals, which include wildebeest, hyenas, jackals and hippos.
Addo Elephant National Park
If it’s elephants you want to see, then Addo Elephant National Park should be on your list of destinations to visit. The third largest nature reserve in Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park, is home to one of the densest elephant populations on earth. Seeing that elephants are included on the international list of endangered species, visiting the Addo Elephant National Park is one of the few places on earth where you can view them in their natural habitat, and so many at a time.
Just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, the park has recently claimed to be the only park in the world where one can view the Africa’s ‘Big 7’, which consists of the elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, great white shark and the southern right wale.
To get the full experience, book your accommodation near Addo Elephant National Park for a few days. During your stay, be sure to take a safari drive to the waterholes where you’re most likely to see the elephants at the reserve.
Chobe National Park
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Chobe National Park is one of the most prominent and astoundingly beautiful national parks in Africa.
At first glance whether travelling via air or road, the Chobe National Park offers an alluring view of the elongated Chobe River that meanders through the town of Kasane and then runs down to the wilderness of the park.
The river isn’t the only reason many visit the national park, as it is also well-known for having diverse wildlife seen nowhere else in Botswana. 11 700 kilometres square of floodplains, woodlands and swamps, the Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephants and Cape buffalos. During winter you’ll see family herds of elephants gathering by the river to drink, bathe and play.
The Chobe National Park is also considered to be a bird paradise where more than 460 bird species, including the Egyptian geese and super-winged geese traverse the sky. Be sure to visit Chobe National Park for a few days to absorb the natural life that take place on a daily basis.
Volcanoes National Park
Immerse into Rwandan wildlife and culture by driving out to the Volcanoes National Park. Best known as the haven for mountain gorillas, the national park also encompasses eight ancient volcanoes that line alongside the mountains of Virunga in the Republic of Conga, including Rwanda and Uganda.
A paramount destination for tourists to explore the culture and environment of Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is only a two-hour drive from the country’s capital, Kigali.
Aside from trekking the mountains for an encounter with the gorillas, the unique and dramatic landscape is also great for hiking and viewing the fascinating golden monkeys.
Delve into Rwanda culture at the lively markets of Musanze, on the outskirts of the Volcanoes National Park. While you’re in the area, go on an excursion in the caves of Musanze, a new popular attraction.
Krugar National Park
World-renowned, the Kruger National Park offers the best wildlife experience in Africa. Encompassing nearly two million hectares of biodiversity, history and archaeology sites, a trip to this park is a must-do when visiting South Africa. Be sure to visit the Masorini and Thulamela archaeological sites and view the rock paintings of the bushman.
The leader of advanced environmental management techniques and policies, the Kruger National Park is home to an impressive amount of species, which include:
- 147 mammal species.
It’s important to explore the archaeological sites, the history and the plains, and view the animals as it plays a major role in the history of the Kruger National Park. Ways you can journey and experience this magnificent game reserve is by venturing on wilderness trails, guided walks, safari drives, and mountain biking.