22 May Top 10 Best African Safari Parks and Destinations of 2020
To observe animals in their natural habitat, nothing like a national park. In protected areas, these parks are home to a rich and varied fauna in an always exceptional setting. With family or lovers, come and admire these majestic species – sometimes endangered – evolving freely under your amazing eyes.
From Tanzania and its Big Five to Uganda and its gorillas, at the edge of a lake or in the African savannah. Let’s leave without delay to discover the ten most beautiful national parks where to go on a safari.
Serengeti Park in Tanzania, the scene of a fascinating animal migration
If you love animals, you have no doubt heard of the Big Five, which includes lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and African buffaloes. Each of these five species can be observed in the Serengeti National Park, which stretches over almost 15,000 km² in northern Tanzania. Above all, this park sees immense herds of wildebeest and zebras migrating across its grassy plains every year. In February and March, it is the season of births. A magnificent spectacle of nature to contemplate with your child’s gaze!
The Masai Mara reserve in Kenya, small but so rich in wild animals
Much smaller than its neighbor Serengeti, the Masai Mara National Reserve is nestled in southwest Kenya, a country known worldwide for its magnificent safaris. Over only 1,500 km2, travelers can observe the time of a jeep tour of the Big Five, but also cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, hippos and many birds. Also, note that the wildebeest and zebras that roam the Serengeti during their annual migration end their journey at Maasai Mara. A must-see park if you are going on a trip to Kenya.
Bwindi Park in Uganda, mountain gorilla sanctuary
Because African wildlife is not limited to the Big Five, we decided to take you to East Africa, to the southwest of Uganda. In the mountainous massifs covered by the tropical and impenetrable forest of Bwindi live indeed still some gorillas. Your trip will thus be the rare opportunity to observe in a small group and the company of a ranger these majestic creatures, the assurance of a most moving encounter.
Amboseli Park in Kenya, Kilimanjaro for a backdrop
Perhaps you have already seen this image of a colorful fauna at the foot of Kilimanjaro capped with eternal snow. This superb spectacle awaits you in Kenya, in Amboseli National Park. Everywhere, in the heart of the arid savannah, in the shade of small islets of greenery, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeest, impalas. Magic.
Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania, the largest concentration of animals in the world
Reserve of Tanzania less known than the Serengeti located in the region of Arusha. The conservation area of Ngorongoro is however not to be outdone. Tiny covers a crater 20 kilometers in diameter where the largest concentration of wild animals in the world lives. Flamingos, hippos, black rhinos, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and, of course, lions inhabit this radically different setting, where the yellow of the savannah, the green of the trees and the red of the rocks mix volcanic.
Etosha Park in Namibia, animals in the heart of a salt desert
Stretching over 22,000 km2, Etosha National Park is a vast nature reserve located north of sumptuous Namibia. Coiled on a dry salt marsh, it offers a breathtaking setting, a desert of white and arid salt punctuated by a few oases of greenery and water points that have come to a drink of a myriad of African animals. During a guided safari or in total autonomy. You will be able to observe a crowd of elephants, giraffes, zebras, springboks, rhinoceros.
Chobe Park in Botswana, the kingdom of elephants but not only
If Botswana is a safari destination often unfairly neglected in favor of Kenya or Tanzania. It is nevertheless the sanctuary of abundant wildlife. The Chobe National Park is one of their most excellent shelters, northeast of the country. Bordered by the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta. It is crossed by numerous water sources that mainly attract more than 50,000 elephants. But also lions, crocodiles, monkeys, leopards, zebras.
Mana Pools Park in Zimbabwe, an off-the-beaten-path safari destination
If you are looking for an African national park where you can watch animals far from the crowds. You should go to Mana Pools National Park, in the very north of Zimbabwe. In addition to jeep safaris to meet elephants and wild dogs. You can also treat yourself to a canoe trip as close as possible to the hippos of the Zambezi river which crosses the park.
Parc des Volcans in Rwanda, to observe gorillas in the wild
If your steps take you to Rwanda, it is undoubtedly partly to meet a typical and rare animal: the mountain gorilla. It is in the Volcanoes National Park, in the north-east of the country. That you will have the best chance of seeing it in its natural habitat. During a trek through the jungle, on the volcanic heights of the park, treat yourself to this unique and unforgettable experience.
Kruger Park in South Africa, the largest animal reserve in the country
If there is one essential place to go on a safari in South Africa, it is the Kruger National Park. Free at the wheel of your jeep or accompanied by a guide. Set off to explore its 20,000 km2 populated by thousands of Big Five. White rhinos, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, and even a few cheetahs. A stopover imposed during a trip to South Africa.