Named after the Swahili word for travel, African safaris date back nearly 200 years to the 1830s. At that time, the famous explorer William Cornwallis Harris ventured on a year-long hunting expedition to South Africa and followed his adventures through the writings and paintings of the animals he met. Made popular after by works such as Jules Verne’s five weeks in a Balloon and Ernest Hemingway’s “the Snow of Kilimanjaro,” Safaris have since made their way onto many people’s world travel lists.
Located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the park’s rough desert habitat does not offer the wide variety of African animals found in other reserves. But the observations you get here are extraordinary. Notable animals such as black-maned lions, springboks, rhinos, hyenas, cheetahs and desert-adapted elephants roam the grounds. They often gather in groups around the pots filled with water in the valley of disappointment. Due to the size of the reserve, knowledge of the park and the region is important here. It is therefore recommended that you never travel alone in the Kalahari.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The Chobe River, which gives the park its name and offers the animals water to drink and cool off, practically guarantees an incomparable Safari experience. Whether you are taking a river cruise or a walk along the banks, you will be able to observe hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, baboons, giraffes, Impalas and more. Don’t forget to look up to see some of the more than 450 beautiful bird species in the park! But the main attraction of this Botswana safari park for many visitors is the huge population of elephants that live there.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
The park is home to some of the best wildlife safaris in Kenya and is located near the Tanzanian border. This is a great Option for beginners due to its compact size and guaranteed observations. Amboseli National Park offers one of the best Safaris in Kenya with year-round sightings of African “Big 5″ mammals, wildebeest and zebras. There is also an impressive population of elephants, which gave the park its nickname “the Land of Giants”.”
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Located in the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara National Reserve is dominated by open grasslands and acacia forests. People from all over the world come here to witness the great Migration from East Africa. Every year, millions of wildebeest, gazelles, Cape buffalo and zebras travel to the Masai Mara over the more than 500 miles of the Serengeti in Tanzania.
OL PEJETA NATURE RESERVE
Located in the Laikipia region, in the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers 400 km2 of vast open plains, wooded meadows, acacia forests and evergreen thickets. The world-famous nature reserve is home to a variety of Safari animals, including Big 5, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, black-backed jackals and bat-eared foxes.
LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK
Located at the southern end of one of the deepest lakes in the world, Lake Malawi National Park is a remarkable wildlife and safari park with sandy beaches, rocky coasts, wooded slopes, marshes and lagoons. Lake Malawi, the world’s first freshwater national park, has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is one of the most species-rich lake regions in the world.