Safari, for those of you who do not know, means “long journey” in the Swahili language. When it comes to safaris, there is only one place to go, and that is Africa. There are so many different choices of safaris in Africa, and each one will leave you in awe and provide you with memories that will last a lifetime. Below we are going to take a look at the best safaris that you can go on when in Africa.
Masai Mara, Kenya
When you think of the word safari, we are certain that you picture this one because it features in so many animal documentaries on the television. The Masai Mara in Kenya is the north part of Tanzania’s Serengeti and, from July to October, it is home to huge herds of wildebeest and other grazing animals such as zebras and antelopes. Where there are thousands of grazing animals, there are predators such as lions and cheetahs. As well as these, you should also see giraffes and elephants, and even maybe a rare black rhino. This really is a great option for those who are going on their very first safari.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Just like in the Masai Mara, you will see plenty of grazing animals and predators roaming the Serengeti, but the main difference between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti is that the latter is ten times as big, which means that there is a greater variety of habitat. To add to this, while you might feel a bit cramped by tourists when you are in the Mara, it will not be the case here as there is a lot more space. When you go on a safari in the Serengeti it is likely that you will be taken to the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a 250 sq km volcanic caldera that encloses forests, plains, lakes, and is home to an abundance of wildlife.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Purists will probably argue that Kruger National Park is too managed and crowded, and we agree that its large camps and tar roads will not be to everyone’s taste. However, it takes up 22,000 sq km, which means that there are plenty of spots that have enough bush camps and backroads to satisfy visitors with a craving for wilderness. When you are on safari in this park, you have a very good chance of spotting the Big 5 as well as all of the other great animals that you associate with Africa such as cheetah, hyenas, wild dogs, hippos, vultures, giraffes, and so on. The fact that there is water in abundance here means that there are plenty of animals to be seen all year round.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Botswana is mostly a dry country, but some of the best wildlife viewing can be done by the water. During the dry season, wildlife gathers by the river in Chobe National Park, and you will be able to see plenty of amazing animals such as lions, hyenas, buffalos, and elephants. To add to this, you will come across a wide variety of birds. You can go on a cruise down this river so that you can have a look at the wildlife from the water instead of from the land.