An African safari will give you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most spectacular animals on Earth. From seeing the big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Cape Buffalo) to seeing the most amazing birds living in the wild, African national parks have some amazing safari opportunities.
Here are our Top 5 Safaris in Africa with information about the animals to see, any background about the parks and our recommended contacts. Have you been on an African Safari before? Which one? Tell us about your experience!
- Serengeti, Kenya/Tanzania
- N’gora N’gora Crater, Tanzania
- Kruger National Park
- Etosha National Park
- Chobe National Park
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- Serengeti, Kenya/Tanzania
Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park which is famed for its annual migration (when some six million animals across its open plains). More than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the millions of wildebeest in the search for fresh land. The migration runs from December to July but there are many other safari activities to try in this vast national park: game drives, hot air balloon safaris, the Lengai volcanos, Lake Natron’s flamingos and, of course, the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro.
For some knowledgeable Serengeti safari operators, try:
INTREPID Travel: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/tanzania/serengeti-trail-71743
Across Tanzania Expeditions – http://acrosstanzaniaexpeditions.com/
2. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoto crater was a giant volcano which collapsed. It measures 14 miles in diameter, the crater encloses tons of wildlife, and is home to a remarkable range of animals including Lion, buffalo and elephant and rhino. The crater has the highest density of lions in the world, so it’s very likely you’ll spot them there. You will also regularly view leopard, cheetah, numerous hyena, warthog and gazelle.
Tours to N’gora N’gora Crater:
Trans Kibo – http://www.transkibo.com/
Intrepid Again: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/tanzania/serengeti-trail-71743
3. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park is one of the most famous parks in Africa and boasts the safari Big Five: lions, buffalo, elephants, leopards and rhinos. It is the main National park of South Africa and has 14 different ecozones, with different wildlife. The best time to visit is between May and September as this is the best time to view migrating wildlife. Kruger is also one of the only safaris where you can do a walking safari and experience the wildlife on foot!
A great tour through Kruger is:
Wildlife Safaris – http://www.wildlifesafaris.com/
South Africa is also a great place to do a tour on your own.
4. Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park is home to the very impressive Okaukuejo watering hole, where people can sit and watch animals like they’re at a live theater. When we were there we saw a rhino face off with an elephant. Etosha is best for visitors interested in doing self-drive safaris because of the good roads and many open watering holes, where you can post up and watch wild animals. There are also many places to camp comfortably at Etosha, they even have comfortable lodges for the more luxurious safari experience.
5. Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe National Park covers about 12,000 sq. km of northern Kalahai. The far north of the park, borders the Chobe River which is very famous for having dense amount of wildlife (“game”). The lions, antelope, herds of buffalo and elephants are among the largest numbers in Africa. The amazing fishing skills of the rare African skimmer are just one highlight of the Chobe River. We recommend staying at a Chobe Game Lodge – they’ve got a beautiful view of the river.
Muchenje Safari Lodge – http://www.muchenje.com/
Chobe Game Lodge –http://www.chobegamelodge.co.bw/
We hope our information is useful in planning your next trip to Africa. These Top 5 Safaris in Africa will be guaranteed unforgettable experiences. Best of luck on your journey!