African Safari Wildlife Parks

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The African safari wildlife parks are known for having the big five and a plethora of other small and big animals. There are few experiences which could be compared to watching a lion roar perilously close to you or witness the humongous wildebeest migration. Even the sight of the pack of hungry wild dogs vigorously chasing their prey or the combat between two elephants has elements of thrill you will never forget. This is what makes the African wildlife safari so enormously popular. Driving in through the rolling savannas or walking through jungles, witnessing the animals in their natural habitat is definitely an exhilarating experience. If you too are looking to visit the best of African safari wildlife parks, we have picked ten of the best options for you.

However, your choice should finally boil down to what you really want to see, the kind of experience you would like to have and your time of travel too. Nonetheless, here are ten of the big names that have people coming from all parts of the globe.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in Tanzania , the Serengeti National Park boasts of one of the oldest and the most stable ecosystems. Mostly renowned for the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest and endless zebras, this national park has become a tourist hot-spot. Such is the prolific presence of the flora and fauna, that it has also been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Naturally, there number of lodges catering to a variety of budgets is great. You can read more about different kinds of safaris in Tanzania , other Tanzanian national parks , best time to visit  and how to get to Tanzania before your trip.

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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The Maasai Mara national reserve which is known as ‘The Mara’ by the locals is one of the most prolific reserve located in Kenya and it is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park. The park was named in honor of the Maasai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of this area.

This park enjoys global acclaim for the sighting of the big African lions and leopards. Along with it, this park too sees massive tourist movement owing to the wildebeest migration which is an annual phenomenon. You can read more about Kenya Safari  and how to plan for it , how to get to Kenya , how to pack for a safari and about Kenya vaccinations before your trip.

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Hailed as the second largest wildlife reserve in the world and stretching to as much as 52,800 square kilometers, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is going to enchant one and all with its breathtaking charm. A massive fire that took place in the September of 2008 burnt as much as 80 percent of this reserve leading to a huge loss.

The high golden grass in this endless plain gives the tourist the feeling of seclusion and mystery.

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

A gateway to northern Namibia and Ovamboland, it is one of the most visited parks and enjoys a prime location as far as wildlife is concerned.  Etosha actually means a ‘great white area’ and this is owing to the presence of the dried salty pan which is located in the middle of the park. This pan is so large that it can also be viewed from space.

Right around the waterholes, innumerable animals gather and the park is famous for game sightings. The landscape and vegetation are as diverse as you can ask for. There are massive open grasslands and the dried salty pan along with camel thorn trees which are dotted with Mopani trees.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Located in the north eastern tip of South Africa, Kruger national park  stretches even over the Mpumalanga and Limpopo province. The park covers as much as 19,633 square kilometers and a lot of private reserves located nearby removed their fences to allow wildlife to have easy access. You can read more about Kruger safari tours , flights  and lodges  before your trip.

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Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda

Stretching over 1,442 square kilometers, the Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. The endless savannah landscapes that one can view here is mesmerizing. The park is rich in wildlife but you wouldn’t find too many luxury lodges here because the place still has that rustic wilderness and charm.

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Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania

This park is located on the shores of the Lake Tanganyika in the Kiowa region. Right within the border of the park is the Mahale Mountains which led to the naming of the park. The park is known for some of its most unusual characteristic which includes having a protected area for chimpanzees. Further, in order to enjoy the park, one has to explore via foot. There are no roads or boundaries. You will have to take a boat to enter or exit the park.

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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The South Luangwa National Park is located in the eastern Zambia and is actually the southernmost of the three national parks that are present in the valley of the famous Luangwa River. The eclectic mix of the open grassy plains along with the dense woodlands interspersed with the Luangwa River makes it one of the best national parks in Zambia, if not Africa. The Luangwa River is known to have the most intact major river system.

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Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro means ‘gift of life’. Located in Tanzania and part of the Serengeti, this conservation area is a world heritage site which is located merely 180 kilometers west of Arish. Owing to the presence of the huge crater and the serene location and thick wildlife, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari spots.

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Amboseli National Park, Kenya

The name Amboseli comes from a Maasai word which means ‘salty dust’ and it is undoubtedly the best place to watch the elephant herds up close and personal. They can be seen against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and it is one of the most breathtaking of all sights.

Located in the Kajiado County, Kenya, the park is spread over 392 square kilometers. Such is the popularity of the park that it records 120,000 visitors animally

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With these details, planning a trip to the best African safari wildlife parks should be much easier for you.

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