When you think of Africa, images of wildlife immediately come to mind. Whether they’re weird animals you’ve never heard of or those you traveled to see. And why not, after all, the vast continent is world famous for its wildlife safaris, and is known as the land of big five – the African elephant, African lion, Black rhinoceros, African leopard and Cape buffalo.
The big five are game animals, and the term refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Though gone is the day where game hunting is acceptable, and now we load our cameras instead of guns.
The best-known countries for African Safaris are Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Get ready for the best African safari experience at any one of the following national parks.
6 Top Wildlife Parks in Africa
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Head towards northern Tanzania for a classical safari destination. Serengeti National Park boasts one of the largest populations of mammals in the world.
The annual Wildebeest Migration is one of the prime attractions of the Park when vast numbers of hoofed animals are seen migrating from December to July.
The Big Five of Africa can be easily sighted here, and one can see lions in their glory and abundance. Serengeti National Park offers an unparalleled African safari experience.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe National Park is located in northern Botswana and is known for the largest concentrations of game and a diversity of ecosystems that supports a rich variety of flora and fauna. The huge elephant herds numbering well over 40000 are one of the main attractions here.
Cruise along the Chobe River and enjoy excellent game viewing. The Savuti Marsh towards the southwestern area of Chobe boasts of highest concentrations of wildlife the whole year-round.
The untamed Okavango Delta is a top safari destination in Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
There are more than 145 species of mammals and 500 bird species. Kruger is home to Africa’s Big Five, and you can also spot crocodiles, hippos, wild dogs, antelope species and giraffes. The easily accessible wildlife haven is well-maintained.
Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
The rising mountains and sprawling savannah make the Kidepo National Park on of the most picturesque one in Africa. The park shares border with Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Sudan.
It is considered to be the least-explored and the most remote park.Visit the haunting ruins of a lodge and enjoy experiencing the phenomenal wildlife sightings like never before.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Masai Mara National Reserve is looked upon as the greatest game park on the planet. Do not miss out on this quintessential safari destination where the vast savannah plains are teeming with wild animals.
The legendary wildlife reserve is home to The Great Migration annually where one can see millions of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle rushing across the plains looking for greener grass. The park also boasts of large predator populations such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, and jackals.
Another highlight of the Masai Mara Reserve are the local Maasai tribes seen in their bright red robes.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha Park is considered to be one of the best national parks in Africa. Its strikingly beautiful settings offer the best spotting of wildlife at watering holes and some of the best Namibia photography.
Here you can spot some rare and unusual wild animals as well as the Big Five of Africa. Find the tallest elephants on the continent in the thick woodlands, and lush grasslands of the Park. The ideal time to visit the park is from April to October.
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