Africa is home to thousands of wild animals who roam freely in their own habitat. The word safari is Swahili, a language native to Tanzania and means a long journey. Travel to the motherland and experience the greatest adventure, where you’ll spot some of the most loved animals such as the Big 5 – the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard. If a safari is something you have always dreamt of exploring, these are the best countries to go to for a memorable experience.
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The Serengeti is the world’s best known wildlife experience. The Serengeti is massive, spanning around 15 000 sq. km. With so much land mass, there is a greater habitat variety found. The central parts of the Serengeti, which is around Seronera, is often busy, but private reserves in the north and west provide more privacy.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a volcanic caldera that is situated a short distance to the east of the Serengeti Conversation Area. It makes up around 250 sq km of plains, lakes, forests and has a large concentration of wildlife.
Masai Mara, Kenya
The Masai Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania. The large herds of wildebeest and other grazers often arrive from July through to October and dominate the park’s ecology. This is a sight to see because it draws attention to predators, so having a safari may offer tourists the opportunity to view this experience of a lifetime. Masai Mara does get crowded due to its popularity, if you want to have more privacy, upmarket camps in the west are a perfect alternative.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Kruger National Park in South Africa offers large camps, tar roads and is often too crowded and managed. Some tourists might not find it to their taste, however with 22 000 sq. km, this park has enough backroads and bush camps to accommodate those who crave the wilderness.
The Kruger National Park is also home to the Big 5 wild dogs, several large herbivores, and varieties of bird species. The park’s habitat has a variety of hills, savannahs to riverine forests and woodlands. The abundance of water assists with perennial rivers that ensure game concentrations all year round. Kruger National Park is by far Africa’s easiest and most convenient safari destination.
Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve Botswana
Botswana may be dry and but surprisingly, some of its best game viewing is by water. When the dry season arrives, wildlife migrates to the riverfront in the far north of the Chobe National Park. Here, tourists in boat cruises can expect to pass countless buffaloes and elephants.
Chobe is in close proximity to the Kazungula border, so if you’re interested in a day trip to Zimbabwe to view the Victoria Falls, it’ll be convenient enough, and you can even play NZ online bingo on the way if you have a driver. The Moremi Reserve further south of the Chobe National Park protects eastern fringes of the Okavango Delta whereby seasonal waterways attract a number of game from the surrounding areas of the mopane woodland.