Best safari destinations
Safaris are one of the most magical excursions, thanks to the stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife. But there are some extras in a forest, especially when you can see the Big Five: lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant and buffalo, which have long become associated with safari experiences.
There are many beautiful parks and reserves, and you can see these beautiful creatures. The British “Mirror” site chose 10 of the best safari destinations:
- Kruger National Park in South Africa
- South Luangwa National Reserve in Zambia
- Etosha National Park in Namibia
- Okavango Delta in Botswana
- Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe
- Masai Mara in Kenya
- Chobe National Reserve in Botswana
- Lake Manyara National Reserve in Tanzania
- Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya
Kruger National Park in South Africa
It is the largest national park in South Africa. The park covers an area of 18,989 square km, and extends 350 km from north to south and 60 km from east to west. The park is surrounded by the provinces of Limpopo to the west and Mpumalanga to the south, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east.
South Luangwa National Reserve in Zambia
One of Africa’s most beautiful nature reserves. In eastern Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is home to one of the densest wildlife populations in Africa. The Luangwa River, Africa’s most major river system, feeds this beautiful national park. Covering an area of 9,059 square kilometres, it is the most popular of the three national parks in the vast Luangwa River Valley. The park is known for its large populations of leopards, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and elephants as well as the abundance of hippos and crocodiles that cruise the river’s bull lakes.
Interestingly, South Luangwa National Park is the only place in the world where lions are known to kill hippos. Birds are also diverse here with more than 400 different species. The seasons paint the landscape here in completely different colors. The rainy season (November to March), known as the ’emerald season’, brings lush green growth, while in winter the landscape is tinged with rich golden and brown colours.
Game viewing is usually best in the drier months (April to October), when animals congregate at permanent water sources. South Luangwa is known for its excellent walking safaris.
Etosha National Park in Namibia
It is a nature reserve located in Namibia, 400 km from Windhoek, with an area of 22 275 km² (when it was established on March 22, 1907, Namibia was a German colony, and it was 90 000 km²). The public is allowed to influence only a third of the reserve, and also to the dry salt lake. This lake was found several million years ago through the concentration of rain water in it, and since that time it has attracted thousands of birds, including the great flamingo.
In the “Nama” dialect, the word “Etosha” means a large void that refers to the empty area that covers about 5,000 km².
Okavango Delta in Botswana
It is a large, arid insular delta in Botswana that forms at the confluence of the Okavango River and a tectonic trough in the central part of the enclosed Kalahari Basin. All water reaching the delta evaporates and transpires, so it does not flow into any sea or ocean. Annually, about 11 cubic kilometers (2.6 cubic miles) of water spread over an area of land ranging from 6,000 to 15,000 square kilometers. Some of the flood waters flow into Lake Ngami. Historically, the area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that dried up most of its waters by the early Holocene era.
Moremi Game Reserve is located on the eastern side of the delta. The delta is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which was officially declared in Arusha, Tanzania on February 11, 2013. The Okavango Delta became the 1,000th site officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 22, 2014.
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park is the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe, where lions, elephants, giraffes and African wild dogs are found to enjoy a great safari, in addition to that there are plenty of camps and safari hotels throughout the park.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is located next to the Kruger National Park in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, South Africa. under the name Sabi Sand Wildtuin.
The park’s name comes from the Sabie River on the southern border and the Sand River that flows through it. The reserve covers an area of 62,308 hectares (623.08 km2) and shares an unfenced boundary of 50.0 km (31.1 mi) with the Kruger National Park to the east.
Masai Mara in Kenya
It is a nature reserve in Kenya and adjacent to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It was named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancient inhabitants of this region). .
It is world famous for its animals such as the Masai lion, the African leopard, the Tanzanian cheetah, and the annual migration of the zebra. Thompson’s gazelle. They fly to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, which is known as the Great Migration.
Masai Mara Reserve covers a total area of 1,510 km2 and is a small part of the larger Mara ecosystem, which includes a group of other plantations.
One of the largest natural reserves in the world, which the Kenyan government invested in order to cover its huge expenses on it, and it turned into the largest natural resort in the world because it contains resorts and hotels in the African style and the organization of safari trips and hunting within it, and this wonderful idea caused hundreds of thousands of tourists to come Throughout the year, those who like to watch animals in their natural and original habitat.
Chobe National Reserve in Botswana
Chobe National Park is the third largest reserve in Botswana, and home to one of the largest concentrations of rare animals on the continent of Africa, including birds, elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys and bamalu. Visitors can also see a herd of hundreds of elephants. The national park takes its name from the Chobe River that supports the system. garden environment.
Lake Manyara National Reserve in Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park consists of forests, jungles, grasslands, and swamps. Two-thirds of the park is covered by water, and Lake Manyara hosts thousands of flamingos at certain times of the year, as well as other diverse birds. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large number of elephants, climbing lions and hippos that can be observed at a much closer range than other parks. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world
The most popular activities in Manyara National Park include wildlife trekking, rafting (when water levels are high enough), mountain biking excursions, and bird watching.
Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya
Lake Nakuru is one of the three connected lakes in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. These lakes are home to 13 species of globally threatened birds and have the highest percentage of bird species in the world.
The lake is distinguished from others by its uniqueness by a huge gathering of pink flamingos or flamingos, which are attracted by the abundance of algae to the shore, drawing a breathtaking natural painting. Lake Nakuru is the main breeding site for flamingos and white pelicans and is described by ornithologists as the largest bird complex in the world.