Best Places to Safari in Africa
Africa. Its landscape has lured people here for centuries in search of wealth and adventure. You may not be able to follow Ernest Hemingway and hunt the big game, but you can still safari like the old writer. Now, you can fly into Africa and indulge in the lush and diverse ecosystems that run up and down the continent. You fake being the old writer at these places:
Kenya is one of the top safari destinations in Africa, second only to Tanzania. It is often done as part of a tour with Tanzania but with so much to offer, Kenya deserves its own tour. Visit the famed Mt. Kenya and reserves such as Masai Mara. Between August and November, wildebeest migrations take place across the Mara and is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Be sure to rent a balloon for a bird’s eye view of the action.
The biggest safari destination in Africa, Tanzania is home to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater, and the big 5 animals. Safaris usually fall into two categories: the Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire) and the Southern Circuit (Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha). If hiking is more your style, be sure to check out Mt. Kilimanjaro and reminisce about the snow that once stood there. After all that hiking and safariing, finish your holiday with a few relaxing days in Zanzibar.
Botswana is home to the blue waters of the Okavango Delta and is one of the least visited countries in Africa. Here you can see areas like the Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Since so few people visit here (think Tanzania without the crowds), it’s one of the best kept secrets in Africa. Well, maybe not anymore. Safaris here are less expensive than in neighboring countries.
South Africa is fast becoming a major safari destination and its growth is outpacing areas like Tanzania and Kenya. With fewer tourists and more rugged land, South Africa offers a more rustic safari. However, the secret is out, and soon it will be as popular as East African countries. Kruger National Park is world famous for viewing the “big five” but South Africa has other utopias like Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve. No matter where you go, you’re bound to come across all the big game.
Like Botswana, Namibia offers stunning views and wildlife reserves but without the crowds. Check out Etosha National Park or the South Luangwa National Park. In the Kunene region, check out the rare desert elephants. Way off the beaten track, Namibia is still a great destination for those looking to experience an African safari and feel like you’re exploring something – not just part of the camera clicking horde.