The 5 best safari destinations in Africa
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Africa has many interesting destinations that are perfect for safari trips. We have made a list of five suggestions of Africa’s best safari destinations.
Read our list and come closer to making your decision on which safari destination that suits you the best.
Tanzania – Greatest chance to experience “The Big Five”
Go on safari in Tanzania and look forward to experiencing the amazing Serengeti National Park. Here, there are excellent opportunities to spot lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes which, together, constitute “The Big Five”.
Tanzania is still a relatively new safari destination, compared to, for example, Kenya.
The landscape’s impressive plains give you a sense of experiencing the wilderness – especially if you visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is a gigantic crater that is the aftermath to the landscape following the collapse of a volcano.
Can be advantageously combined with: a relaxing beach vacation on the divinely beautiful Zanzibar, which is a part of Tanzania. On Zanzibar you will be greeted by white sandy beaches, azure blue seas and the opportunity to taste the local cuisine – in fact, Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”, so do not forget to take some exotic spices home with you to your kitchen!
The best time to travel to Tanzania is: in February, when the wildebeest are calving and the lions’ hunting season really sets in. June/July is also a good time to travel to Tanzania, for example, if you are visiting the Ikoma Wild Camp, where you get a chance to experience the “Great Migration” of 1.2 million wildebeest just outside your patio!
Our trips to Tanzania are for those who: want to experience the amazing wildlife, including the Big Five and the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park.
Kenya – the world’s largest concentration of wild animals
Masai Mara is the name of the Kenyan part of the Serengeti ecosystem, which is also found in Tanzania. From August, September and October, Masai Mara is home to the “Great Migration” – one of the world’s largest concentrations of wild animals and something that, quite simply, just has to be experienced!
If you are looking to meet the locals, you need to treat yourself to a visit to a Masai village. The Masai are a proud people who make a virtue of living as their ancestors did over 400 years ago. They measure their wealth in terms of the number of cows and wives, and live off, among other things, milk and meat from their own cattle.
Can be advantageously combined with: a relaxing beach vacation in Mombasa; which, apart from being a city with a population of over a million, is also an important and lively port town next to the Indian Ocean.
The best time to travel to Kenya is: from the end of July to October, when the “Great Migration” has reached Kenya and one can experience the wildebeest, zebras and gazelles’ everlasting search for water and fresh grass.
Our trips to Kenya are for those who: would like to experience a great variety of both wildlife and nature.
South Africa – child-friendly at great prices
If you’ve never been on safari before, South Africa is an ideal destination.
South Africa’s biggest highlight is undoubtedly Kruger National Park. This massive park gives you ample opportunity to experience the best of what Africa has to offer. The park is located in the northeast of South Africa and contains no less than 146 different kinds of mammals (among which are “The Big Five”), 520 bird species, 120 reptiles and approximately 2,000 different plants.
In the southern part of South Africa, you will find the Kariega Valley which, besides having breath-takingly beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, is completely malaria-free. Therefore, thi
s destination is an ideal choice for families with children, pregnant women, or others who do not want to take malaria medication that is otherwise recommended on many other safari destinations.
Can be advantageously combined with: a vacation in Cape Town or a beach vacation on the beautiful island of Mauritius.
The best time to travel to South Africa is: either spring or autumn, where it is warm and relatively dry. Remember that South Africa has winter when we have summer and vice versa.
Our trips to South Africa are for those who: are travelling with children. Also ideal for trips where multiple generations are away together.
Namibia – a land of contrasts
Namibia is a former German colony and an ideal destination for a self-drive safari.
Safari in Namibia is equivalent to a visit to the world famous national park, Etosha, which is considered to be one of the best places in Africa to experience the wildlife. Etosha stands out from other national parks by having an abnormally vast salt pan on 5,000 km₂, called the Etosha Pan, a dried-up lake, which is said to be visible from space.
In Etosha you can experience desert elephants that can go for up to three days without water, and Africa’s largest lions with the distinctive black tips on the brown mane.
Namibia also offers unique nature and culture. In the Kalahari Desert, you will find the world famous, red sand dunes in Sossusvlei. It is also in Namibia that you will find Twyfelfontein, which houses over 2,500 rock engravings, dating back 6,000 years; Twyfelfontein is also on UNESCOS’s World Heritage list.
These engravings are created by the San people, one of the world’s oldest civilizations that have lived in symbiosis with the beautiful nature for many thousands of years and still keep it this way in Namibia, even to this day.
The best time to travel to Namibia is: from May to November, where you can experience the animals gathering by the water holes to drink in Etosha National Park.
Our Namibia trips are for those who: would like to go on a self-drive trip and/or those who would like to visit one of Africa’s less-visited destinations, where there is the opportunity to experience the best of African culture, nature and wildlife.
Uganda – Gorillas and beautiful nature
In Uganda you will find one of Africa’s most beautiful countries with its rich vegetation that includes rainforests, rivers and mountains, and a fantastic wildlife.
Go on safari in Queen Elisabeth Park, where you can see leopards, lions, hyenas, antelopes and other wildlife. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you shouldn’t miss out on gorilla-tracking. Experienced rangers will take you on a walk through thick concentrations of vine in the search for the endangered mountain gorillas.
The best time to travel to Uganda is: all year. Even though Uganda is close to equator, it is situated high above sea level, causing mild temperatures. Even though you can travel to Uganda all year-round, beware that treks in the forest can be more challenging during rain seasons (October-November and April-May).
Our trips to Uganda are for those who: wants to experience exceptional and lush nature and the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.