It can be difficult to decide on the best destination for your African safari tour. There are parks good for family vacations and others for romance. Some parks are also geared for those who love birds, and others are best visited at specific times of the year. You can opt for all-in luxury lodges, or if you want to lower your costs, you can have a self-drive safari. There are many safari activities that you can experience in Africa depending on the region you choose to visit, for example, an East African Safari or a South African safari, which offer vastly different wildlife and scenery. Here are some of the best and biggest safaris that you can have:
Masai Mara National Reserve
This is the quintessential destination for your African safari in Kenya. The area is in the East of Africa, bordering Tanzania. The Masai Mara is an amazing wildlife haven with an area of 580 square miles or 1,500 square kilometers. Home to the Big 5, as well as many species of big cats, the reserve also gives you an opportunity to witness the annual Great Migration. A visit to a traditional village is also highly recommended.
Chobe National Park
This national park is in the northwestern part of Botswana with an area of 11,700 square kilometers. Its vast area includes four different eco-systems with a wide variety of bird and animal life. The park is home to the Savuti Marsh that offers high year-round wildlife concentrations. Chobe is well known for its large number of elephants and an estimate of 120,000 these living in the park’s borders.
It is recommended to visit the park during its dry season, which is from April to October. This is when elephants and other animals gather around to drink water from the Chobe River. The river also offers rewarding birding and a unique game viewing in a boat.
Kruger National Park
This park is the most famous of all national parks in South Africa with an area of 19,485 square kilometers. It is in the northeastern part of South Africa on the border of Mozambique. Kruger National Park is home to South Africa’s cheetahs, wild dogs, and several cat species. This area is ideal for the first-time visitors to Africa. This is also a great destination for a self-drive safari. Birders are encouraged to visit in October and March. During this time, Kruger offers a temporary home for 200 migrant species of birds.
South Luangwa National Park
This park is Zambia is famous for its amazing walking safaris, which offer you a great wilderness experience. South Luangwa has an area of 9,050 square kilometers. It supports herds of elephants, antelopes, and large prides of lions. This park has an abundant species of riverine species and is an amazing place for spotting hippos.
In particular, it is a paradise of the birders because of its 400 species of birds. The best time to visit this place for the birders is during the rainy season. Game viewing, on the other hand, is best witnessed during dry seasons. Also, during dry seasons, animals will gather on the Luangwa River for water, making it an excellent time for sightseeing.
These are just some of the best and biggest safaris that you can only find in Africa. This will help you plan for your African safari trip together with your family or loved ones. So, go on and start planning your African adventure out of these amazing places!