The Top 5 Wildlife Safari Parks In Africa That You Should Visit At Least Once
African Safari Parks are the ultimate vacation plan for most people who want to feel at the heart of the wildlife action. Africa’s timeless landscapes are home to the rarest as well as all the wildlife.
Among other things, these parks offer a first-hand view of everything NatGeo has to offer.
While going on Safari might seem like the best idea, choosing a destination can be quite mind-boggling. This is because there are so many destinations to choose from. Don’t let this scare you. Here are the best African Safari parks for the ultimate experience.
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
The Serengeti national park in Tanzania is undoubtedly one of Africa’s best Safari Parks. The Golden Savannah is home to a variety of mammals. It is also one of the homes for the wildebeest migration.
Every year, from December to July, vast numbers of hoofed animals migrate across the Serengeti Ecosystem, moving between Masai Mara and the larger Serengeti Park, which share unfenced borders.
It is home to the big five animals and lions are seen in plenty here. Serengeti is actually considered to host Africa’s largest population of lions.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this area offers the same sort of phenomenal predator sightings that you’d expect from the neighboring Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.
More than 500 species of birds are also found here, including many raptors.
Maasai Mara In Kenya
The Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya is ranked as the number one Safari Park on the planet by World Travel Award(WTA). Its biggest attraction to date has to be the Great Wilderbeast Migration that happens every year.
From July to October, tourists flock to the park to watch millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle stampeding across the plains in search of greener grass.
Each year, almost two million wildebeest and 20 000 plains game migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the south of Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water.
The Mara is set in endless plains in Kenya and affords tourists the complete Safari experience. Apart from the great migration, it is also home to the big five.
Another highlight of taking a trip to the Mara is meeting the hospitable local Maasai tribe who have a rich culture and bright red ‘lessos’ to match.
Kruger National park in South Africa
Kruger national park in South Africa is gigantic covering an area of 19,485 km2 (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa and extends 360 km (220 mi) from north to south and 65 km (40 mi) from east to west.
The vast landscapes are home to a diverse wildlife selection including millions of wildebeest, impala, buffaloes, gazelle and huge herds of elephants graze on these iconic grasslands, followed closely by freely roaming big cats – lion, leopards, and cheetahs.
Unlike most African Safri parks, Kruger has a good road network and infrastructure hence making the trip a little less unpredictable.
Hwange Park in Zimbabwe
Hwange is the largest and oldest national park in Zimbabwe. The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls and near to Dete.
It has the greatest concentration of big land animals anywhere on the planet. It has many elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and zebras but is quite underrated.
It was founded in 1928, with the first warden being by the 22-year-old Ted Davison. The best time to visit is during winter when the animals congregate at water sources and it’s easier to spot wildlife in the thinned out bush.
Chobe Park in Botswana
Chobe National Park in Botswana boasts of some of the highest populations of elephants in the region.
The park takes up an area of 12000 km² of diversified ecosystems. Chobe Park is known for its excellent game viewing boat cruises along the Chobe River, which attracts plenty of animals and birds.