If a Safari is on your to-do list, Africa is wide-open with options for the wildlife enthusiast in you. While the Serengeti is of course on this list, there are tons of amazing places to explore to get in touch with the wild world in Africa. We’ve highlighted a few of the best safari spots in Africa.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is probably Africa’s best-known geographical location. Located in southeast Kenya, it, along with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, forms the site of the great migration. In one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions, and THE place to be to see most of Africa’s big game, Maasai Mara along with the Serengeti is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream.
With two valleys of distinct wildlife and features, Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda is an amazing place for a safari. The Narus Valley has the distinction of having year-round water, which makes it an oasis for gathering wildlife to drink. With Mount Morungole marking the southern border to the park, there’s a lot to see in a small area.
Ngorongoro Crater (Also known as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) in Tanzania is another one of Africa’s gems. This UNESCO designated region is the world’s largest unbroken caldera, or volcanic crater, which forms a massive, verdant valley for over 20 million migratory species. Due to the springs that keep water in the valley, the indigenous use of the land, and the massive amount of wildlife, it is one of Africa’s best-loved parks.
In west Africa, Namibia’s Etosha Park is a massive pan that fills during the wet season, and reveals dazzling white sand during the dry. The presence of water makes it a great place to spot wildlife. One special feature is that sedans can legally drive in the park, so self-guided safaris are possible, unlike many other locations in Africa.
One of the biggest national parks in the world is South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Bordered on the north and south by two rivers, the massive expanse is known for great diversity of reptiles, birds, and mammals. All of the “big five” can be found within the boundaries.
Okavango Delta is a wetland paradise. Located in northern Botswana, Okavango’s seasonal flooding brings with it a huge array of wildlife including leopards and wild dogs. With many fly-in lodges, the remoteness of the area coupled with the possibility for driving, walking, or boating safaris makes it a very unique experience.
The largest game reserve in Zimbabwe is a huge draw for travelers. With an astounding amount of wildlife and handful of archeological sites, it’s a wonderland for the wildlife enthusiast as well as the historian. In addition, it is only an hour from Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. From sandy dunes to forests and granite hills, the sheer size of Hwange puts it on this list.