The name safari comes from the Swahili for journey or travel, especially in terms of a journey that involves expeditions, observations or watching wildlife. So if you are looking for the trip of a lifetime, then an African safari could be the way to go. With many safari operators out there, as well as countries to visit, there are many options to choose from. So here are just a few of them; will one of them be on your bucket list?
Tanzania is the home to the Serengeti National Park, located in the north of the country. The picturesque setting makes it a popular location for holidaymakers looking for a safari. So it is likely to be a popular spot, so last minute travel could prove a little difficult. However, the area is completely worth it. As the National Park borders with Kenya and it’s Masai Mara park, there are many stunning things that you could witness and encounter. Take, for example, the mass migration of wildebeest that takes each year. Time it right and you could see around two million wildebeest trying to cross the Mara River over into Kenya. Pretty epic!
Zambia is the home to quite a few popular attractions, not least the Sumbu National Park if you’re looking for a safari. The park is vast, so there is plenty to see. Not to mention the world famous Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Described as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is a must see. So tying in a Victoria Falls holiday as well as a safari means the best of both. There are even some tour operators that will tie the two things in together for you. So if it appeals, that could be worth looking into, for sure.
The Etosha National Park is the place for the best safaris in Namibia. In the north west of the country, it is home to elephants, lions, rhinos, and giraffes. But did you know that in some of the summer months, our winter, you can see such a diverse species of things like flamingos, hornbills, and eagles. So if something a little more diverse is what you are after, then Etosha could be the park for you. With many of the animals gathering at waterholes throughout the park, it is a very colorful, almost real-life lion king in Namibia.
Botswana is home to one of the largest inland deltas in the world; Okavango Delta. Which is home to the Moremi National Park in the north of Botswana. It is a large space, covering over 5000 square kilometers. Like most safari parks, it is home to a wide and diverse range of species, such as over 300 species of bird, as well as black rhino, white rhino, leopards, buffalos, and cheetahs. So there is an array of wildlife to experience. And with a hot and dry climate, it is a good place to visit at any time of the year.