Wildlife Safaris in Africa

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Our Favourite Wildlife Safaris in Africa

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Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya

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Masai Mara National Reserve, located in the southwest of Kenya gets its name from the people and the Mara River that runs through it. The reserve spans, around 1,510 kilometers. Is famous for its abundant lion, leopard, cheetah and elephant populations. It is also renowned for the migration of zebra, Thomsons gazelle and wildebeest between the Serengeti and Masai Mara, known as the Great Migration. Within the reserves boundaries reside than 95 species of mammals and over 570 documented bird species. Alongside animals like hyenas, zebras, impalas and various types of gazelles roam freely. Bird enthusiasts can delight in spotting vultures marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills,crowned cranes and ostriches among others. 

The popular activity in Masai Mara is embarking on game drives during both morning and afternoon sessions offered by lodges and camps. If you’re looking for an experience the reserve also offers guided walks to explore the landscape up along with its smaller wildlife inhabitants.Another unforgettable way to witness this savannah and all its residents is, through a hot air balloon safari.

Chobe National Park Botswana

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Chobe National Park, in Botswana is famous for its wildlife and spans 11,700 square kilometers. The park is renowned for its ecosystems, each teeming with a variety of animals. One of the features of Chobe National Park is its elephant population estimated to be around 50,000. Visitors can also expect to spot animals such as lions, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs, hyenas and a multitude of antelope species. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted by the parks collection of over 450 bird species.

The activities available at Chobe National Park are centered around game drives and river cruises. Game drives allow visitors to explore parts of the park while observing its wildlife. River cruises offer an opportunity to witness wildlife up close during the dry season when animals gather near the Chobe River.

Etosha National Park, in Namibia stands out among Africas parks. Covering an area of 22,270 square kilometers it derives its name from the awe inspiring Etosha salt pan that lies almost entirely within the park—earning it the nickname “Great White Place”.

The park offers a range of habitats. Is the natural habitat, for 114 different species of mammals. Among these species you can find the Big Five” animals; elephants, lions, leopards and rhinoceroses. Additionally giraffes, wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are some creatures that can be spotted there. Bird enthusiasts will also have a time in Etosha with over 340 bird species to observe.

To explore the park visitors have the option of guided game drives or self drive safaris which’re quite popular due to the parks developed infrastructure. One unique aspect of Etosha is its waterholes at camps where visitors can observe wildlife at any time during the day or night.

South Luangwa National Park Zambia

Moving on to South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia that spans across an area of 9,050 kilometers. This park is renowned for its wildlife population and the presence of the Luangwa River which houses numbers of crocodiles and hippos. The landscape within this park varies from woodlands to expansive savannahs creating an diverse setting.

South Luangwa National Park is home to a variety of wildlife including four members of the Big Five” group; elephants, buffaloes, leopards and lions. Moreover it has species like Thornicrofts giraffe and Cooksons wildebeest that are found exclusively in this region. Bird lovers will be delighted to know that than 400 bird species have been recorded here including waterbirds as well, as kingfishers and raptors.
In South Luangwa the main attractions are game drives and walking safaris. This park is renowned as the birthplace of walking safaris offering an opportunity to get up close, with wildlife.

Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

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Moving on to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe it holds the title of being the park in the country covering an impressive area of 14,650 square kilometers. Its diverse landscape ranges from desert sand to sparse woodland, grasslands and granite outcrops.

Hwange is home to a variety of wildlife with over 100 species and 400 bird species. It is particularly famous for its elephant population. Also houses other incredible creatures like lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, buffalos, zebras, giraffes and numerous antelope species. Bird enthusiasts will also find joy here with sightings of finfoot Dickinsons kestrel and southern ground hornbill among others.

When it comes to activities in Hwange National Park that attract visitors attention; game drives guided walks and night drives are choices. The parks hideouts provide opportunities for wildlife observation and photography.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

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This park covers an area of 1,978 kilometers, in Western Uganda. Known for its wildlife diversity including cape buffaloes Ugandan kob waterbucks warthogs lions leopards hyenas forest hogs and elephants. The park is also a habitat, for 95 types of mammals and than 500 species of birds.

Among the bird species found in the park are the eagle black rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, chapins flycatcher, backed pelican, African broadbill and Verreauxs eagle owl. Visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park have a variety of activities to choose from. These include going on game drives taking boat trips along the Kazinga Channel and tracking chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge.

Liwonde National Park, Malawi

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Located at the tip of Lake Malombe in Malawi Liwonde National Park is one of the countrys premier destinations for observing big game. Despite its size of approximately 548 square kilometers Liwonde National Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife.

The park boasts populations of elephants. Attracts abundant numbers of crocodiles and hippos along its river. Other mammal species that can be spotted include buffalo, sable antelope, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck.. If you’re fortunate enough you may even catch a glimpse of a lion or leopard. Over 400 different bird species have been documented within the parks boundaries including sightings such as the fish eagle, Pels fishing owl and the rare Lilians lovebird.

Safari experiences in Liwonde National Park encompass game drives wilderness walks by foot,safaris by boat. Opportunities, for birdwatching.
The Shire River offers an opportunity, for boat safaris allowing visitors to get up close and personal with hippos and crocodiles while also enjoying the birdlife.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Kruger National Park stands as one of the most renowned game reserves in Africa. With an area of around 19,633 kilometers it is roughly equivalent in size to Israel or Wales. Established back in 1898 with the aim of safeguarding the wildlife found within South African Lowveld this remarkable park stretches along the Mozambique border for 352 kilometers from north to south.

Within its borders resides an array of animal species boasting a count of 147 species and over 500 bird species. This makes it an exceptional destination for observing wildlife within their habitats. The park is particularly renowned for its “Big Five” residents. Elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes.

In addition to these creatures visitors might also have the chance to spot other mammals like zebras, giraffes, hippos,c cheetahs and hyenas. The park further encompasses antelope species such as kudus, impalas and elands. Bird enthusiasts can look forward to catching glimpses of captivating wonders like the Lilac breasted roller, fish eagle,Bateleur eagle and Marabou stork, among many others.

Kruger National Park is divided into 16 ecosystems, each, with its set of plants and animals. This means that different areas of the park offer experiences for visitors.

When you visit Kruger National Park there are plenty of activities to choose from. The popular option is going on game drives, which can be either self guided or guided tours. If you opt for a guided tour experienced rangers will accompany you. They are experts at spotting and interpreting wildlife behavior. Additionally night drives are available where you can witness the movement of creatures like lions and leopards.

Serengeti National Park Tanzania

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Moving on to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania its renowned worldwide as one of the wildlife sanctuaries. The park is particularly known for the migration of, over 1.5 million wildebeests (bearded or brindled) and 250,000 zebras. Spanning across an area 14,763 kilometers it forms a vast ecosystem that also extends into Kenya under the name Maasai Mara.

What sets Serengeti apart is its variety of wildlife found else in Africa. Alongside wildebeests and zebras the park houses the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros) as cheetahs, gazelles, hyenas and more.
The Serengeti is home, to a range of bird species with over 500 types including ostriches, secretary birds, eagles and vultures.

One of the spectacles in the Serengeti is the Great Migration. This incredible event witnesses millions of wildebeest accompanied by herbivores embarking on a thousand kilometer journey in search of fresh grazing lands.

When visiting the Serengeti, one of the highlights is going on drives. These can be organized as day trips or as part of an extended stay, in the park. Another popular activity is taking balloon safaris that provide an perspective of the park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, found in the part of Uganda is widely recognized as a sanctuary, for mountain gorillas. Covering 321 kilometers this park proudly shelters about half of the worlds remaining population of these magnificent creatures. Besides the gorillas Bwindi boasts an array of wildlife including around 120 species. Among them are various primates like baboons and chimpanzees. The park also hosts a range of antelopes, elephants and 350 bird species.

A visit to Bwindi presents a chance to witness mountain gorillas in their habitat—a once in a lifetime experience. The primary activity in the park is gorilla trekking, which entails obtaining permits and embarking on treks that can last from a hours to a day depending on the specific group being observed.

Bird enthusiasts will find delight in Bwindi’s diversity with opportunities to spot unique species like the Albertine Rift endemic birds. Nature walks are also popular among visitors as they offer insights, into the wildlife within the park. Additionally exploring the Batwa community provides a captivating glimpse into one of Africas groups. Moremi Game Reserve, situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta spans across a 5,000 kilometers. This reserve is renowned for its wildlife and bird watching opportunities in Botswana because of its location.

Moremi Game Reserve Botswana


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The diverse mammal population, in Moremi is a highlight. While all of the “Big Five” can be observed here it’s important to note that rhinos are absent due to concerns surrounding poaching. Additionally cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, jackals, impalas and various other antelope species thrive within the reserve. Than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Moremi well. Some remarkable sightings include Pels fishing owl, crested cranes, lilac breasted rollers, hammerkops, fish eagles and saddle billed storks.

Visitors can partake in activities such as game drives both during the day and at night, within Moremi Game Reserve. Exploring the Okavango Delta through boat trips allows for an experience well as indulging in bird watching and guided walking safaris.

Akagera National Park Rwanda

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Moving on to Akagera National Park situated in Rwanda; this park covers an area of 1,122 square kilometers and takes its name from the Akagera River flowing along its eastern boundary. The park showcases a variety of habitats including savannahs,mountains and swamps.
The park houses a range of wildlife including the Big Five.” It is the park, in Rwanda where lions and rhinoceros can be observed as they have been brought back after being hunted to extinction. Other remarkable animals found here include elephants, African buffalos, leopards and antelope and zebra species. Akagera is also a haven for bird enthusiasts with than 480 species.

Popular activities at Akagera National Park include going on game drives taking boat trips on Lake Ihema engaging in bird watching and enjoying fishing. Guided nature walks are also available for visitors who wish to get a look at the parks plant life and fauna.

Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

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Situated in Uganda and covering an area of around 1,442 kilometers Kidepo Valley National Park offers diverse landscapes encompassing savannahs, mountains and woodlands while being relatively secluded. Kidepo is renowned for its array of species that cannot be found elsewhere in Uganda. The park hosts over 77 species such as elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions,leopards,cheetahs,and African buffalos.
On top of that Kidepo boasts a list of bird species with, over 475 recorded types including ostriches and Kori bustards.
Exploring Kidepo Valley National Park is best done through game drives, which are widely favored by visitors. Additionally many people enjoy guided nature walks and bird watching as activities, within the park. Due to its location and abundant wildlife it has become a sought after destination for safari enthusiasts.

Amboseli National Park


Moving on to Amboseli National Park in Kenya one cannot miss the views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africas highest peak. Encompassing an area of 392 kilometers the park boasts diverse landscapes including open plains, acacia woodlands, swamps and the dry lake bed of Lake Amboseli.

Amboseli is well known for its herds of elephants; some individuals even possess the tusks found in all of Kenya. The park is also home to an array of wildlife such as elephants, cape buffalos, impalas, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes zebras and wildebeests among other iconic African animals. Moreover over 400 bird species have been documented here including flamingos
pelicans kingfishers crakes hammerkops and 47 types of raptors.

Game drives are immensely popular, in Amboseli National Park as they allow visitors to immerse themselves in the landscapes and encounter wildlife firsthand. Exploring on foot and observing birds are also liked pastimes, like engaging with the Maasai communities to gain insights, into their culture and lifestyle.