There really isn’t anything that can match the thrill and allure of taking in a safari in Africa. Peaceful mornings watching the sunrise, amazing landscapes with the sound of wild animals in the background as the Savanna comes to life in that untamed wild spread of the world.
The word “safari” means “long journey” in Swahili. But worry not, as the days of never-ending treks through the African bush are long gone. Today, indulging in the thrills of an African safari is a lot easier than it used to be.
Whether you long to explore the endless plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, tail wild mountain gorillas on foot in the jungles of Uganda, or paddle your way to watch crocodiles in Botswana, here is a list of the best spots for an African safari, all with the romantic flavor of the Hemingway era.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Situated in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is one of the best national parks in the southern region of Africa. Besides being home to some of the densest herds of elephants, it is extremely lush because of its numerous waterways, which draw many wild animals during the dry season.
Chobe has become a favorite spot for safari-goers who want to add luxury to their adventure, whether they are game for camping or deluxe lodges.
Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Right on the shore of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park is for those who like to take the off-grid path. Matusadona is home to endangered rhinos, giant Nile crocodiles and the classic Bif Five. The eerie trees with skeleton-like silhouettes that line the park make for a very mystical adventure that thrill-seekers revel in.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti is undoubtedly the king of African safari destinations. Located in the northern part of Tanzania, the oldest park in this country is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Basking in endless plains of untouched savanna, it is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful destinations in Africa that have captivated adventure seekers from all over the world for centuries.
Home to the Wildebeest and zebra migration, the largest unaltered animal migration, Serengeti National Park is the dwelling of lions and other wild animals in the midst of breathtaking vistas that mesmerize adventurers.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Amboseli just happens to house the most dramatic African landscapes. Bordering with Tanzania, it provides the best views of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Elephant sighting is guaranteed at Amboseli, which combined with breathtaking vistas of Africa’s highest mountain makes for an unforgettable magical experience.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha Park in Namibia is home to abundant wildlife amidst beaming landscapes and rugged coastlines that provide amazing game-viewing opportunities.
Its biggest feature is the Etosha Pan, a saline desert believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago, so vast that it can be seen from space.
In the dry season, black rhinos, elephants, and leopards gather amid the pan. Come rainy season, the desert fills up with rain, forming a mirage lagoon where pelicans and pink flamingos dwell among the vast vegetation. All in all, Etosha is a must for adventure lovers eager to watch wild animals’ everyday life.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Uganda
If nature in the raw is what you yearn for, you’ll definitely find it at Bwindi. The forest of Bwindi, set amidst the foothills of volcanoes, houses a huge diversity of flora and fauna, including wild mountain gorillas! With approximately 900 mountain gorillas left in the world, there is nothing that compares to the allure of treading the misty forests of Uganda to see these wonderful creatures up close in their natural habitat.