Africa …. It’s almost an unknown, even a mystical, continent for me but at the same time it’s fascinating and attractive. It’s the land of contrasts in terms of nature and natural wonders … Starting from the Sahara desert, passing through tropical forests and ending in the enormous wildlife parks and areas. The fact that there are huge lands where wild animals and of course, vegetation, live unrestrictedly and in their own habitat, turns the African continent into a top safari destination in the world.
I have never been a safari girl and I know almost nothing about that kind of entertainment although I travel a lot. But, yes, I have some general knowledge (sufficient or insufficient) on it. Like every average person, I have heard about Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa (these are only few examples, of course) and I know that they are an attractive point for thousands of safari enthusiasts annually. If you are among them and look for the best safari ever, I can even suggest you five national Reserves which you can’t go wrong with.
What would you say about the Masai Mara National Reserve established in 1961. It is the major wildlife game park in Kenya situated contiguous with the Serengeti National Park. It’s a relatively small reserve but with an amazing concentration of wildlife. It hosts the so-called “Big Five” (i.e. African lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) as well as hyenas, giraffe, zebra and of course, hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River that runs through the reserve.
I see it’s too small for you. Okay, then, try the Serengeti National Park established in 1952. It is the Tanzanian national reserve that is usually divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. It is globally renowned for being home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth as well its migration of wildebeest and zebras. The “Big Five” are constant residents of the savanna and the Grumeti River is home to Nile crocodiles.
Still not satisfied? How about the Etosha National Park declared a National Park in 1907? It is the finest and most important in Namibia. Visitors to the reserve have a very good chance to see the “Big Five” (Africa’s tallest elephants and the endangered black rhino reside there) along with a huge variety of birdlife while enjoying a self-drive safari experience.
Hmmm … You have already “safari-ed” in Jeeps in Etosha. No worries. Then visit the Kruger National Park. It is the oldest established wildlife park (in 1898), the largest and the best maintained game reserve of Africa. It’s situated north of Johannesburg, South Africa. The park is famous for the highest variety of wildlife in Africa which includes the “Big Five” as well as hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, reptiles, birds and any more.
I surrender. For the time-being I have one last suggestion – the South Luangwa National Park. It became a national park in 1972. The Park lies in eastern Zambia. It is one of Africa’s best destinations for walking safaris. The reserve is a world-renowned wildlife haven hosting pods of hippos and crocodiles in the Luangwa River and its lagoons. There are also huge herds of buffalo, elephants, zebras and lots of lions and leopards.
No matter you either have been to one these Reserves or they don’t meet your expectations, any choice of yours will be right. And if you have already made up your mind which natural reserve visit during your forthcoming vacation, I can only wish you an enjoyable safari experience in the mid of the savanna. 🙂