7 Top-Rated African Safari Destinations

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Elephants at the Kruger National Park | Photo: Courtesy of IDG.Photography

You love nature and wildlife, and looking for where to go on safari vacation? Discover the most beautiful safari destinations in Africa. From Kruger National Park to Serengeti National Park, here’s list of the top-rated safari destinations in Africa. The continent of Africa is a beautiful representation of nature and wildlife, an African safari is a beautiful way to explore her.

1. Zambezi Valley, Zambia

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Elephant at Lower Zambezi National Park – © Nienke/flickr

The Zambezi National Park is the home of the hippopotamus, elephants and a wide range of birds. Zambia’s national parks portray the essence of wildlife in the wilderness. The Royal Zambezi Bush Spa should also be visited in order to experience the full thrill of this Safari.

2. Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Giraffes at Chobe National Park – © Bryan Comstock/flickr

Botswana’s Chobe National Park has one of Africa’s largest game concentrations. It is filled with wildlife all year round, relatively easy to access and offer a variety of budget options. It is also houses endangered species such as the African wild dog, cheetah and the brown hyena. Also you can meet the park’s original inhabitants, the San Bushmen.

3. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Uganda

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Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda | Photo: Tourhub Adventures

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Guides advise tourists not to stare at the gorillas but it’s so difficult not to. The Ugandan reserve is blessed with a theatre like landscape, volcanoes and waterfalls covered by mist. The endangered African green broadbill can be found here.

4. Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephants at the Kruger National Park | Photo: Courtesy of IDG.Photography

The Kruger National Park is one of the top-rated African safaris and, the oldest and well maintained parks in Africa. They exhibit the highest variety of wildlife and is one of the easiest places to spot the Big Five (Lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and the Cape buffalo). State of the art lodges provide lavish luxury and intimate hideaways. Definitely nice for romantic getaways for nature lovers in South Africa.

5. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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Lions at Maasai Mara National Reserve – © santiago sanz romero/flickr

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is probably Africa’s most popular safari destination, no surprise as kenya is one of the most-visited countries in the continent. With rolling grasslands and acacia woodlands, it is home to the big five also. Between July and October the stampede of millions of wildebeest makes the ground vibrate, making for a thrilling experience. There are also deserted beaches and nomadic tribes that inhabit the reserve. Sounds really fun!

6. Etosha National Park, Namibia

Variety of wildlife at Etosha National Park. © letzte_runde/instagram

Etosha National Park in Namibia is causing a serious ripple in the safari world. Known for its raw beauty, rugged coastlines and evolving landscapes. This park is home to Africa’s tallest elephants, cheetah, the endangered black rhino and perennial springs that attract big cats. A self-drive safari is also available.

7. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Experience hot air balloon safari across the Serengeti, Tanzania | Photo: Tanzania Destination

Last but not least is the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This is probably the most magnificent and beautiful national park in Africa. Annually, over 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 Zebras migrate through the park. It is home to over 3000 lions in their different prides and there is also a large presence of crocodiles, hyenas and other wild animals. Serengeti is considered by many to be the best African safari, this place is definitely a must-visit.

So the next time you want to experience that thrill of nature, think Africa and when you think safari, remember there’s no place like Africa, if you love nature. Cheers!

We also recommend our guide to the 5 top-rated tourist destinations in Africa.

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