In this article, we look at 5 of the most famous safari destinations on the continent. Choose one of these for your next African adventure and you won’t be disappointed.
Botswana has evolved as a safari destination free from fences and farmlands, which has resulted in a vast wildlife haven with high concentrations of big game, from prowling lions to herds of buffalo. The country’s natural landscapes are awe-inspiring too, from baobabs on the salt pans to stunning desert sands.
Learn about the bush from those who know it best, the San of the Kalahari, who have used the environment for thousands of years and run bushwalks for visitors. This safari destination is also known for wilderness camping (spend a night or two out of the lodge and sleep under the stars for a real treat), as well as flexibility for accessible and wheelchair-friendly safaris.
Kenya is one of Africa’s best safari destinations and one of the most well-known, famous for its colourful tribes, the Great Migration, Africa’s “Big Five” and stretches of savannah lit up in golden sunset colours. When you think of safari, you’re thinking of Kenya.
However, Kenya’s landscape has more to offer beyond the acacia trees. There are snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, thick jungle and gorgeous coastlines and beaches – the perfect relaxing end to any safari holiday.
Malawi – A beautiful landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Endowed with spectacular highlands and extensive lakes, it occupies a narrow, curving strip of land along the East African Rift Valley.
Malawi is a small country but with high rate of population, it is quite hard-pressed to locate Malawi on a map. To find it easily, searching for a land in the south of Tanzania and Zambia, north of Mozambique.
Although, Malawi is just a small country, relatively undeveloped, with most of the population rural and impoverished, the natural vibe here is super strong. The No.1 reason to visit Malawi is Lake Malawi National Park, which takes up approximately one-third of the country. It’s one of the most biodiverse lake regions in the world, providing a fertile home for around 200 mammal species (including big cats, elephants, hippos, monkeys, and more), 650 species of bird, and more than 5,500 plants.
Besides, Malawi also has four other national parks (Kasungu, Lengwe, Liwonde, and Nyika), four wildlife reserves (Majete, Mwabvi, Nkhotakota, and Vwaza Marsh), and two biosphere reserves (Lake Chilwa and Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve), some of which are developing a reputation as off-the-beaten-path havens for birdwatchers.
Located on the continent’s southwestern coast, Namibia is utterly unlike any other nation in Africa. With just two million people living in an area of over 300,000 square miles, it’s one of the least populated countries on the planet. The land in-between the cities– most of which is dominated by the Kalahari and Namib Deserts– is wild and relatively unspoiled by any sort of development.
But don’t let the stark images of the ghost trees of the Deadvlei and the striking red dunes of Sossusvlei fool you: Namibia is positively teeming with life. With 12 national parks as well as numerous other reserves and protected areas, the country has plenty of wildlife-rich areas to explore.
Talk about this landlocked East African nation and the first thing that springs to most people’s minds is Hotel Rwanda and the mass genocide of nearly a million people back in 1994. But the last 25 years have brought a lot of infrastructure investment in Rwanda, and the result is one of Africa’s most impressive (and fastest growing) ecotourism destinations.
Most people are familiar with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, whose plight for survival was made famous by National Geographic and the late Dian Fossey in the 1970s and 80s. Thanks to conservation initiatives created by Fossey and still executed today by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the latest census shows that the population in the Virunga Mountains continues to grow. Their total number recently exceeded 1,000 for the first time in decades.
There are 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, with groups of 8 trekkers allowed to visit them for one hour each day. Spending time with these gentle giants ranks easily among the best African safari experiences. But it’s far from the only awesome activity for nature lovers in Rwanda.
From trekking to see habituated chimpanzees and numerous other primate species in southern Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park to a more traditional Big 5 safari in eastern Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, this country remains a relatively uncrowded gem for wildlife watchers.