African Safari: My top 5 destinations to explore.

December 1, 2023
Lion peaking from bush

African safari offers a diverse range of experiences. Let me share my favourite and best safari destinations.

Each with its unique landscapes, wildlife, and cultural attractions.

I am dedicated to selling this beautiful country as I truly believe it is a bucket list holiday. Without a doubt, if you are looking for adventure or thrilling game viewing. For this reason, you are in for a treat. I have listed my favourite top five destinations for an unforgettable safari experience.

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya:

Quoting Richard Attenborough my hero, this is the greatest wildlife show in the world. Known for the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebras, which occurs between July and October. Indeed, this gives you the best offering to see herds of wildebeest, zebra, and a plethora of predators.  It also has rich culture, and you get to experience the Maasai people.  Spending time with these colourful tribes enriches your life, as travel really broadens your horizons.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania:

Another exceptional Safari bucket list! Famous for its vast grasslands and diverse wildlife. Here you can also follow the Great Migration, one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. The Serengeti savannas are endless, and the sunsets are breath-taking.  In addition, the Serengeti is known for its dramatic photography. You will see many animals and be blown away by the pure beauty. In all honesty, it’s a good idea to incorporate Kenya with Tanzania and ending on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Serengeti plains

Okavango Delta, Botswana:

The Delta is one of my best destinations.   Uniquely, it’s a water and land safari.  The Delta gives you a mosaic of water channels. Islands and floodplains full of animals, birds, and dramatic views. There is no doubt, this area is full of wildlife, including elephants, hippos, and a wide range of bird species. If you are a birder, like me. You will be able to see so many really amazing birds! Here you can glide through the water in dugout canoes, called mokoro’s with your guide and see the Delta through the water. In addition, it’s great for photography. As you can get close to birds, frogs on the lilies and elephants playing in the water.

Submerged hippo with open jaw

Kruger National Park, South Africa:

My best childhood memories, being in the Kruger on school holidays.  No question, this is one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations.  Because of its accessibility and diverse ecosystems. It’s also easy to get to with two excellent airports. And, with a range of accommodations to suit different budgets. You are spoilt with everything here, walking safaris, birding and the big five. Check out my recent trip to Kruger.

Bush Buck

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

Found in the Northern Cape this a unique and exclusive safari destination that offers a completely different experience compared to other popular safari locations. Uniquely, the vast and remote Kalahari Desert is a distinctive semi-arid environment. Including, a diverse range of habitats, including grasslands, red dunes, and the Korannaberg mountains. In addition, the striking scenery, plains, and red sand, offers a captivating backdrop for wildlife sightings. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including iconic species such as the Kalahari lion, desert-adapted black rhino, meerkats, and aardvarks. In all honestly, leaving your footprints in the red sand, is a special experience!

meerkats yawning in the Kalahari

In summary, my favourite safari destinations are in no particular order. I truly believe anywhere where there is wildlife is a happy place!

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