Top African treasures to claim if you love wildlife as much as we do
Most of us at some point in time must have thought about going on a safari. And
the only name that comes to mind when we think of a safari is the continent of
Africa. This vast piece of land has a lot to offer in terms of natural spaces, various
kinds of terrains, landscapes, and wildlife reserves. It is also home to the world’s
longest river, Nile and also has the world’s largest desert, Sahara. Africa is also the
only place on earth where you can see the big five all in one place – elephants,
lions, rhinos, buffaloes, and leopards.
In this list, we will take a look at the top African safari tours that are a must see.
Chobe National Park
Best time to visit: April to October
It is the first national park in Botswana, and is located close to Okavango Delta. It
is the third largest national park in Botswana followed by the Central Kalahari
Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park. This national park is the most
biologically diverse park in the country. The park boasts of four distinct
ecosystems that give the park its diversity in terms of wildlife population.
The national park is known for its population of majestic lions and African
elephants. The park is a refuge for the massive African elephants, the population
of which is estimated to be around 120,000.
The park has several boat cruises that take visitors around, giving a view of the
elephants, buffaloes, lions, hyenas, and sables that roam freely in their habitat.
This park is the most preferred amongst all the safari holidays and is a must see.
South Luangwa National Park
Best time to visit: Peak game viewing June to October
Located in eastern Zambia, near the valley of Luangwa River, South Luangwa
National Park has the one of the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa. This
makes it a great site for African safari holidays.
The park covers an estimated area of 9,059 square kilometers and is supported
mainly by the rich Luangwa river system.
The park is home to a wide range of flora, 60 different species of animals, and
over 400 species of birds. One of the main attractions of the park is the gigantic
hippos and leopards. And the fast-changing seasons give it a wide variety of living
conditions ranging from dry, bare lands during winter to lush greenery during the
summers. This is also the first park to have walking-safaris.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Best time to visit: May to October
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the most popular amongst all the national
reserve parks in Africa. It is the most preferred amongst all Kenya safari holidays.
It is actually the northern extension of the Serengeti ecosystem lying in Tanzania.
The Maasai Mara safari offers a chance to witness huge migrations of wildebeest
that arrive from Serengeti to thrive in the park’s ecosystem. The park is also home
to cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes, and the rare black rhinos.
Due to the park’s popularity, it attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world
making it a little crowded at times. For a better experience, it is advisable to
choose up market camps which can be found in the western part of the reserve.
In addition to seeing the wildlife, the reserve is also home to the Maasai tribe, and
one can visit their villages and witness their local culture and ways of living.
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
Best time to visit: June to October
The Serengeti National Park is the most famous wildlife sanctuary on the planet. It
is present in almost all lists consisting of Tanzania safari destinations.
The park sits on an extensive area covering nearly 15,000 square kilometers. This
vast extension has various kinds of landscapes providing a greater variety of
habitats. The extent of the park is a little difficult to cover; hence it is less
crowded than the Maasai Mara Reserve. Most of the visitors crowd the center of
the park known as Seronera, while the northern and western sides of the park
offer more exclusive tours.
The park is known for its annual wildebeest migration. Amongst other animals,
there are close to 250,000 zebras who also take part in the migration. The Nile
crocodile and honey badger also form an important part of the tourist attractions.
The Ngorongoro Crater is only a short drive due east, within the Serengeti
Conservation Area. It is a caldera enclosing an area of 250 square kilometers of
plains, lakes, and forests. The place is home to a large concentration of animals
like black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and African elephants. Be sure to add Serengeti
safari to your travel list.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Best time to visit: January to May
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is located in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana.
The location of the reserve affects its climate and landscapes to a large extent. It
has sandy grasslands and arid woodlands which provide an extremely challenging
environment for the wildlife here, which is highly nomadic. The fauna here
consists of wildebeests, cheetahs, hyenas, Kalahari’s famous black-maned lions,
meerkats, ostriches, bush elephants, white rhinos, warthogs, honey badgers, cape
wild dogs, bat-eared foxes, African leopards, zebras, sable antelopes, and many
more. This reserve had restricted entry until recent times, now it has only two
camps inside the reserve for visitors. Due to its scale and isolation, it is an
impressive addition to any list of Botswana safari.
Kruger National Park
Destination: South Africa
Best time to visit: Year round
Kruger National Park is amongst the largest game reserves located in Africa, with
an area of 19,485 square kilometers. It lies in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga
provinces of South Africa. Earlier the park was protected by the government of
South African Republic and it became the first national park of South Africa in
The Kruger National Park falls under the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere which is an
area designated as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.
The park is home to the big five – the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and
Cape buffalo, along with wild dogs, cheetahs, several large herbivores and over
500 species of birds. This wide range of fauna is because of the large variety of
habitats, ranging from hills to rainforests, and savannahs to woodlands. The park
has sources of perennial rivers which makes it an ideal spot for animals to
The Kruger National Park is an ideal location for budget trips and luxury safari
vacations. There are exclusive camps and lodges as well as budget camps catering
to all kinds of travelers.
Plan your next trip to Africa and make sure to visit the above-mentioned safaris to
truly enjoy the beauty of the continent. Irrespective of which safari vacation you
choose to go—luxury or budget trip, be rest assured that it will be worth the
experience. Africa has a lot to offer to people of all walks of life, and yes, it comes
in all budgets!