African safaris allow us to see the many rare and beautiful creatures living on this planet while also giving us a perfect picture of life in the wild looks like. So if you had enough watching those captivating but heart-pounding shows on Nat Geo and want to see it all by yourself and get your hands dirty, here is the list of some of the best destinations to enjoy a perfect African safari.
1. Duba, Botswana
African safari in Botswana is truly one of the best and all-time great adventures that you can experience in your life. The lions here are considered Africa’s biggest creatures and they typically hunt during daytime. So, visitors get the opportunity to witness the great battles that happen here when lions and buffaloes take each other. This place is also full of camping spots so that visitors can enjoy their stay in the wild.
2. Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
Animals and conservation projects form the main part in the plains and the rugged hills of this reserve. But no one should try to get hold of the exceptional guide and founder named Bruno Nebe, who single-handedly changed the overall look of the place by restoring the area’s ecology not only with the animals but also the botanical side as well.
3. Northern Kenya
It gives a glimpse of Africa which has vanished from everywhere else over the years. This is a land dominated by the indigenous population who live naturally and quite easily with its ‘neighbours’ – lions, elephants and even goats. The place provides an atmosphere where one gets to immerse in the wild with intensity and strength.
4. Zambezi Valley, Zambia
If you are planning to spend sleepless nights in Africa with lions for company outside the tents, then this is the place to go. Spend some time with leopards, who’ll be busy swinging their tails from the branches above and baby elephants swimming peacefully beside their mothers in the waters of Zimbabwe. This place offers African safari at its best.
5. Gorillas, Rwanda
It is the most densely populated region in Africa and also guarantees best wildlife sightings in the world – Gorillas. With the playful young ones to the dominating male silverbacks, one easily gets to ‘waste’ a lot of time with these groups.
6. Kruger, South Africa
A list of best African safaris cannot be complete without the mention of Kruger National Park. This place offers best wild life sighting in the whole world. The southern part of the park features best and expensive lodges, however if you are planning to have some deep-bush experience, you need to visit the northern part which boasts a great diversity of birds and animals.
7. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
If visiting old Africa is on your mind, then you should be going to this park where you can see zebras stampeding across the wild and bushy plains. If you are lucky enough, you can even get to see quite a few lions, cheetahs and leopards on the very first day of your visit.
8. South Luangwa, Zambia
It may not be the best spot on the face of Earth because of its soaring temperature all-the-year round, but it is here where professional game guiding started in the 50’s and now the place is considered to be one of the best safaris in the whole continent.
9. Central Kalahari Game Reserve
People always tend to associate the name ‘Kalahari’ with desert, but in reality it is more than that. This place is home to many snakes, jackals, hares, ostriches, hyenas, lions, and the list goes on. You can experience the true essence of Africa here in all its splendour. The experience will be something that you want to cherish all your life.
10. Maasai Mara, Kenya
This is the ideal place to see the big-cats of the continent and the best time to visit this place is in July when migrating zebras and wildebeests arrive from Serengeti in huge numbers – all ready to provide the visitors with the biggest show on earth.