I spent over a year traveling around Africa and it had many highlights, climbing Kilimanjaro, swimming with great whites, white water rafting in the Nile, but one thing always stands out – going on safari in Africa. Safari holidays make you feel like you’re really traveling, wild animals roaming around, no cities in sight, it’s really breathtaking and everyone should have it on their bucket list.
It’s all well and good using your new HDTV to watch National Geographic or Animal Planet but when you finally get fed up with living on your sofa, and you will, then you know it’s time to experience it for real. But there’s so many different options available, so many websites trying to trick you with misleading information, it can all get a bit much. However, if you really wanna know the best place to take a safari, check out our list of the best 3 places:
Check out the 3 best places to take safari in Africa:
THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA
The rich savannah in the Serengetti is prime viewing vegetation, allowing us to see almost everything! The wildebeest migration, which happens each year, moves north from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to Tanzania’s Serengeti. I was lucky enough to witness this spectacle first hand and let me tell you, rearrange any holiday plans because this is something else! The world’s largest migration of any set of animals anywhere, and it happens to bring all the predators with them, perfect! It normally kicks off in February and the guys at the top of the food chain have a field day, so bring your binoculars. Normally, due to the size, you’ll cover just a section of the park over a series of days. Good news though, budget travel is available (sort of) so don’t lost hope too much, just do your research ahead of time. A safari in Tanzania is a once in a lifetime trip!
MAASAI MARA, KENYA
The Massai Mara is so perfect you’d think it was an animal sanctuary, it really is the genuine African article, playing as host to the most notoriously difficult animals to spot on your safari. Here though, you can almost guarantee the big five (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard). The open jeeps which ply their trade through the grasslands are a bit of a bumpy ride, but to be honest that’s half the fun! The vegetation of ‘the Mara’ offers awesome views, giving you so much better chances of seeing an active kill (which i was lucky enough to see during my time here), also the main river in the Mara is the migratory route used annually by millions of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles. This is National Geographic in real! If you’re feeling flush, turn your back on the jeeps and jump on a hot air balloon and get a bird’s eye view (but pack an $500 for the privilege!).
OKOVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Botswana has got a reputation for pandering to wealthy African tourists and while that may be true, you can’t argue with the beauty of it’s biggest and best national park, it’s a lush wetland surrounded by the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okovango desert is arguably the most impressive national park in all of africa with huge congregations of animals coming all year round. Huge lagoons, isolated island and boat rides throughout, visitors here get to experience a whole different set of safari thrills as well as the staple activities of game drives, guided walks and night time exploration! This is a mosaic of Africa, and one that words don’t even come close to describing, I guess this is a set of activity holidays that you’ll have to come and experience for yourself!