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Best Safari Destinations in Africa

Some of the best travel destinations in Africa for safari include Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. These countries offer fantastic habitats with hundreds of species of exotic animals, including the “Big 5”, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. Lodging and guides are offered at the following parks from the luxury tents to budget lodges.

The Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya

Considered one of Kenya’s most beautiful parks, it lies in Southwestern Kenya situated in the Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plains. The best time to go is between July and October when the wildebeest and zebra are migrating, offering plenty of food for lions, cheetahs and leopards. The park is small and tourists limited, so it makes for great viewing of the abundant wildlife.

Chobe National Park – Botswana

This park lies in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and covers 4,200 miles of grasslands, marshes, forests and scrub. There is a large population of elephants here as well as the “Big 5”, hippos, crocodiles, kudu, wild dogs and over 400 species of birds. The best time to visit is the dry season form April to October.

Kruger National Park – South Africa

This is one of the oldest and best-maintained parks in Africa, ideal for self-driving, and has the largest variety of animals. It lies north of Johannesburg and is a five-hour car ride away. Kruger Park has a wide range of accommodations from chalets to campsites varying in price and luxury and features accommodations and vehicles for mobility impaired.

South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

This park offers plenty of wildlife that thrives along the Luangwa River, often full of pods of hippos. There are over 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. Here you can experience a unique walking safari, for a few hours or days. This is one of the few national parks that allow night drives, the best time to spot a leopard.

Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

These grasslands offer the classic African safari setting with acacia trees. Here begins the wildebeest and zebra migration where the great vistas allow for viewing of a possible lion kill. The park cover 5,700 square miles divided into grasslands and forests and meets up with Kenya’s Masa Mara Reserve.

Tips for the Best Africa Holiday Tours

When planning for your best holiday destinations in Africa, ensure you research which countries require visas and which ones require immunizations before you go, all of this information is available on The best time to safari is in the dry season, when the grass is not as high and animals congregate at watering holes, especially near the end of the season. Know where the animals dwell, like crocodiles in the reeds or leopards in the trees, and bring binoculars to enjoy their wonder. Best to take a guide, they know where to find the exotic animals like giraffes, rhinos or baboons.
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