There are safari holidays that will cater to every type of traveller, whether you are passionate about nature, seeking a luxury vacation, exploring your rustic urges or aiming to participate in varied adventure activities. Africa is an immense continent with so many different options for safari tours. Take your pick of the best destinations worth visiting for an outstanding safari.
Anyone considering a safari in Africa for the first time would be advised to consider a trip to the Masai Mara region in Kenya. Accepted as probably the best place in East Africa for seeing wildlife, it is famous for the annual wildebeest migration that attracts many safari aficionados. Providing you travel between August and November, the spectacle of over two million animals on the move across the Serengeti to better grazing land is not to be missed. The Masai Mara really provides the ultimate ‘Out of Africa’ experience, with the landscape living up to any visions you may have from the movies or documentaries.
Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe that is hailed as a top African destination. The magnificence of this natural wonder is unparalleled, and many visitors choose to add adventure elements to their trip such as bungee jumping or white water rafting. The source of the Falls, the Zambezi River, supports copious amounts of wildlife in this region of Africa, and Victoria Falls is a fantastic gateway to some of Africa’s finest safari tours. From here you can access the great National Parks of Zambia. All three have superb reputations for animal concentrations, and you can expect to see plenty of big game as well as some rare species that have evolved in the paradise of the Great Rift Valley. If you choose to concentrate your visit on Zimbabwe, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Mana Pools that boast huge herds of elephants, as well as the elephant sanctuary at the Hwange National Park.
For pure luxury, it is impossible to beat a safari in Botswana. Renowned for its upmarket safari lodges, this destination doesn’t disappoint when it comes to big game spotting. Chobe National Park has a unique landscape of floodplains and grasslands which are roamed by herds of elephants, and the equally famous Okavango Delta allows you to experience extreme remoteness whilst viewing rare bird species and hippos.
South Africa is also an excellent destination, particularly Kruger Park. There are a number of private game reserves that allow you to enjoy unusual elements in your safari, such as fly-in, off road or nightime jaunts. This is also one of the best places to see big cats such as leopards and lions.