Safari holidays in Africa are extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why. The chance to get up close and personal with the big five is an opportunity too good to miss. With so many tours to chose from, so many conservation parks, and so much to see and do in Africa, it can be difficult to plan an itinerary. Take a look at our list of the top safari experiences in Africa…
A destination favorite in Africa, Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. As well as being a hub for business, this large city is famous for the Nairobi National Park. It is the only game reserve in the world which is found within a major city. The park offers visitors the unique chance to encounter animals on foot. Tourists flock here every year to see lions, black rhinos, and giraffes. Nairobi has earned its nickname; ‘the Safari Capital of the World.’ Most hotels in Nairobi cater to tourists eager to see lions and rhinos and there are plenty of African safari tours to chose from. If you feel up to it chose one of the camping tours. It may be nice to stay in a luxurious lodge, but camping brings you into nature and is part of the experience.
If you want to glimpse a gorilla, Rwanda is your best bet. Rwanda is prospering, and this is due, in part, to tourism. Gorillas bring big money into Rwanda and re-energise the economy. Whilst prices are steep, the chance to be led by experts through the mountains to see gorillas up close and personal makes it worthwhile. Sightings are pretty much a given if you go with the best tour companies. Guides will radio ahead to find out the location of the gorillas and lead you there. These tours give you an unrivaled insight into the life of gorillas. Wrestling and eating, these huge animals are not to be missed. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a luxury hotel where you can trek on foot to Mountain Gorilla.
Botswana is one of the best places to go in Africa to see lions. The vast tablelands make this a stunning location for a safari tour. Wildebeest and antelope can also be seen roaming the plains. Further inland, Okavango, is home to elephants and zebras. Botswana has many parks where you can go on Safari, but Duba has one of the best. The prides of Duba are called Skimmer and Tsaro, and you’re sure of a sighting.
Namibia is an another popular destination for safari tours. The chance of sighting are high, but it’s the dramatic landscape that’s part of the appeal as well. The Skeleton Coast and the extensive desert makes for an impressive safari backdrop. Etosha National Park has plenty of game and stunning vantage points. You’ll see rhino, giraffe, and lions. There are plenty of waterholes too, perfect for some wildlife photographs! Namibia is also the proud home of the largest population of cheetah in existence.