8 of the Best Safari Destinations in South Africa

Author: Priyanka Saxena on Jun 20,2019

With a lot of staggering game reserves and best wildlife animals, South Africa is one-stop-shop for game viewing. This makes it quite a tough task for tourists to choose any game reserve for their ultimate African Safari experience. Therefore, this post cuts down the tedious work for searching the best National Parks in Africa as it has a full display of the best safari destinations to visit in Africa.

Therefore, read more to get revealed to Africa’s Best Safari Countries and their top National Parks that must be visited this year.

Best National Parks To View in Africa

Check out the list of the most thrilling and adventurous National parks that deserves a visit when you choose African Safari tour. Invest your precious time in reading out this valuable post to skip confusion while booking for safari tours. So get started with the top safari destinations to visit in Africa.

  1. Kruger National Park - South Africa

  2. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda

  3. Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

  4. Etosha National Park - Namibia

  5. South Luangwa National Park - Zambia

  6. Masai Mara Reserve - Kenya

  7. Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

  8. Chobe National Park - Botswana

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 Kruger National Park - South Africa

 Kruger National Park, the most popular national park in Africa, which boasts the “Big Five” game. This big five game includes wildlife animals, lions, rhinos, elephants, cape buffaloes, and leopards that makes it the world’s best game reserve. Coming to the accessibility, it is the easiest to access place in Africa due to the fact of having a good road network. This encourages tourist to explore this best safari destination in Africa on two-wheelers.

Most of the tourists enjoy taking up the elephant’s back safari to get a real feel of safari experience. Apart from safari and game-viewing, Kruger National Park is best known for visiting the archaeological sites to embrace the artwork of San People. These Bushmen rock paintings display the art of wildlife animals, Bushmen hunting scenes and hunting tools. The best months to visit here are between Apr-Sept in summers and Nov-Feb in winters.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda

Situated on the edge of the Rift Valley, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park sits on the southwestern part of Uganda. This is a geographical location on the world map. The park is a biodiverse and mountainous area which is home to the mountain gorillas. The mountain gorilla trekking is what makes this park popular in Africa and it also protects the endangered gorilla families. This is why the tourists are allowed to trek gorilla mountains in a limited group of people.

The tourists can visit the place any time of the year, but in the rainy season, it becomes a little hard to trek on the sloppy mountains. There are certain rules that need to be followed when choosing for mountain trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tourists who wish to trek mountain gorillas must obtain a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. So, it is recommended to contact Uganda travel tour agents for booking mountain gorilla trekking.

Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

Serengeti, one of the most famous parks in Tanzania, and home to many wildlife animals. The great wildebeest migration is the top attraction of the park that takes place twice every year. The migration happens between June to February in which 6 million of wildlife animals including wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate. This migration is considered to be the biggest migration of animals on earth in chasing of rain across the Serengeti Ecosystem.

This park is perfect to witness the natural beauty and boasts the “Big Five” game in which the main wildlife animals including lions, cape buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, and elephants. This park has a large concentration of Lions that attract more tourists to it. Apart from animals,  there are more than 500 species of birds that are found in the park. The best time to visit this safari destination in Tanzania is between June-February.

Etosha National Park - Namibia

Situated in northwestern Namibia, Etosha National Park is one popular safari destination in Namibia. It offers the best game reserve in the region where one can experience the best wildlife animal species, both rare and common species. A major part of the national park is covered by the vegetation which is home to endangered animal species such as black rhino, leopard, apart from giant elephants. Etosha National Park is easy to access around Africa and like the name, Etosha suggests “the great white area”, this sanctuary also refers to a huge salt pan area in the middle of the park.

The best season to visit the park is during the dry season in which the vegetation is less boasting the chances of game-viewing of wildlife. May to October in Summers and Nov to Apr, are the best months for game-viewing when traveling. This park is a malaria-free area.

South Luangwa National Park - Zambia

Located in eastern Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is a game-rich reserve having a large concentration of wildlife animals such as giraffes, giant elephants, and buffaloes. This wildlife sanctuary protects a large number of untamed animals in this park, which makes it popular among tourists. Walking safaris are the best way to explore the entire area since it is situated in the remote areas of South Africa. Through these walking safaris in Zambia, the tourists get to know about the untamed animals such as leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes, etc. while embracing the golden beauty of the place.

The perfect time to visit this park is during the dry season for wildlife game-viewing, whereas the wet season is perfect for bird-watching. It is not a malaria-free area and there are high chances of getting yellow fever. Uganda travel tour agents are best to guide you to book a trip at the right time.

Masai Mara Reserve - Kenya

Considered as one of the best game parks around South Africa, Masai Mara Reserve is situated in the south-west of Kenya. The park is quintessential a safari destination in Africa and the great migration is the biggest highlight of the park. This biggest migration happens every year in which the wildlife animals wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move across the plains in search of green. These animals chase the rain from July to October and migrate to another side of the country.

The best time to visit the place is between July and October to see teh great migration but meeting the Masai tribes is another highlight of visiting this park.

Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park is one of the oldest and the famous national parks in the country. Known as Africa's best safari destinations due to having a huge concentration of wildlife animal species. This park offers Big Five game in which lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant are spotted easily. It is also home to giant elephants and the best time to visit Hwange National Park is between July and October.

Chobe National Park - Botswana

Chobe Park is best known for wildlife game viewing and the second highlight is the boat cruise along the Chobe River. The best time to visit is between April to October for game-viewing as herds of untamed animals such as buffalo, giraffe, antelopes, and wildebeest gather at the river.

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As of now, you must be revealed to 8 of the best national parks in Africa that offers the best African wildlife safaris. So, book your safari and enjoy being around the best of African’s national parks.

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