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From the savannahs of the Serengeti to the forests of Bwindi, there are so many options to choose from, each with something different to offer. Read on to see which park you should visit on your next African wildlife adventure!
Travel on: a safari tour
1.Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Go for: the Great Wildebeest Migration
Serengeti National Park is home to your quintessential African savannah landscape – acacia trees and roaming wild animals dot its expansive open plain. One of the most well-known of Africa’s national parks, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Big Five animals – elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo. Great wildlife sightings are a given here, but the Serengeti’s main draw is the Great Wildebeest Migration, an annual ecological event where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other game animals migrate in search of fresh pasture. Their journey takes them eight hundred kilometers through the park towards the contiguous Maasai Mara National
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2. Etosha National Park, Namibia
Go for: the Etosha Salt Pan
Etosha is one of the most important wildlife reserves in Africa, and many rare and endangered species are preserved within its borders. Here, you’ll have the chance to see the black rhino, as well as the tallest elephants in Africa. The park has a wide range of landscapes and varying geology, with its grasslands, salt pans, and dolomite hills. It has plenty of road networks and campsites, which make it great for extended stays and self-drive safaris from waterhole to waterhole in pursuit of great wildlife viewing.
3. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Go for: South Africa’s most accessible park
Kruger National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Africa for a couple of reasons. As one of Africa’s biggest national parks, it receives a high volume of visitors every year, but it’s also known for the webcams that capture a live feed of the park’s wildlife. It’s also well-equipped for self-drive safaris and luxury
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4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Go for: a lush forest refuge
Known for its biodiversity, this tropical national park is one of Africa’s most special conservation areas. The park is situated on steep terrain on the edge of the Albertine
5. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Go for: a unique ecosystem on the Okavango Delta
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6. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Go for: walking safaris
In South Luangwa National Park, you’ll find an incredible variety of animals and scenery in a well-preserved setting. The park’s more remote location means that it’s less traveled, resulting in a more unspoiled and authentic experience. South Luangwa is believed to have originated walking safaris, which are popular here. Visit this park for views of hippos crowded in the river and amazing birdwatching.
7. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Go for: the world’s largest waterfall
Hwange National Park is the largest reserve in Zimbabwe. Located on the edge of the Kalahari desert, it is best known for its vast elephant population, and for having the highest population of wild dogs
8. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Go for: ancient desert dunes
Because the Namib is the oldest desert in the world, the dunes you see are composed of sand that is millions of years old. Namib-Naukluft National Park is the meeting point of the Namib Desert on the west and the Naukluft Mountains in the east. Here, you’ll see a unique collection of creatures that are able to survive the extremely dry conditions and call the area home, like snakes, geckos, and hyenas. The Sossusvlei clay and salt pan is one of the major attractions of the park; v
9. Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Go for: Flamingo-filled shores
10. Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Go for: elephants against views of Mount Kilimanjaro
Amboseli National Park is one of the most exceptional places for wildlife viewing in Africa. Its large swamp system makes for a unique ecosystem that’s home to hundreds of different species of birds, like pelicans and crakes. Originally created as a reserve for the Maasai, the park is a great place to learn about the Maasai and visit their villages. It’s also the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants, and see them against the immense backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
With so many amazing parks and reserves to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go next. Which of these parks is calling your name?