10 Best Places to Visit in Africa for a Safari

Top 10 best places to visit in Africa – Africa is a home to fascinating national parks, safari destinations as well as game reserves. Each of these has something unique to offer and experience on your safari to Africa and these range from the large mammals, great primates like gorilla and chimpanzees, all the African big five, the rare bid species, the intriguing landscapes, colorful butterflies among others. However, for the first time travelers, this article can be used to know the 10 best places to visit on Safari in Africa.

1. Serengeti natioanl park, Tanzania

The park is the oldest and largest national park in Tanzania and it is a world heritage site that is famous in hosting the great wildebeest migration event which takes places every year where millions of wildebeests move from the south of the park to the north of Maasai Mara national park looking for water and fresh pastures, these are accompanied by thousands of zebra herds. The Serengeti national park is dominated by vast endless plains where you will spot largest numbers of lions about 3000 individuals. The park is an ideal destination that you will sight the impressive numbers of cheetahs but the leopards are regularly located in the central Seronera valley. The other wildlife which you will as well spot in impressive populations include the African Elephants, bat –eared fox, herds of antelopes, hyenas herds of buffaloes, Thomas gazelles among others.

When to visit Serengeti

The park is open to travelers throughout the year; however the best time visit is between the months of June to October which is a dry season where you will enjoy the overall wildlife viewing as well as have a chance to experience the wildebeest migration event. In the months of April and May the park experiences the wet season, which is charateriesed with heavy rains, the numbers of tourists visiting the park reduce, and the roads leading to the Serengeti are wet, muddy and slippery.

Where to stay? There is a wide range of accommodation options such as tented camps, safari lodges that ranges from budget accommodation, mid-range and luxury options.

2. Mana pools national park, Zimbabwe

Mana pools national park is situated in Zimbabwe and it is one of the best places to visit in Africa. You will enjoy activities such as guided nature walks, fascinating canoe experience in the pristine wilderness wetlands along the Zambezi River among other activities. In this park you will have chance observe a diversity of wildlife such as the elephants, herds of buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles which gather at the shows of the Zambezi river. You will as well as spot healthy numbers of predators like the lions, leopards among others.

When to visit Mana pools? – The dry season is the recommended time to visit park during the months of May to October although the park is open to visitors throughout the year.

Where to stay? – The park is host exclusives small camp accommodation facilities which can use when you visit the park.

3. South Luangwa national park, Zambia

South Luangwa national park is one of the Zambia national parks and a great place to travel in Africa. While here, you will enjoy activities such as guided walking safari, night drive experience, the multiday trekking at your semi-permanent tented camps among other activities. the park is home to outstanding wildlife such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopard but the rhinos are absent to make the number of the African big five wild animals.

When to visit south Luangwa? – the dry season is the great time to visit the park when there is little rains  and this during the months of December to March together with the months of July to September.

Where to stay? – There is a wide range of exclusive lodges as well as tented camp accommodation which that neighbors the park.

4. Etosha national park

The national park is a flagship reserve for Namibia; it is brimmed by the sweeping, Saline as well as dry pans where its name is derived. The pan is fringed by a sequence of perennial water holes which attract huge populations of wildlife such as the giraffes, antelopes, as well as other grazers especially during the dry season. It is a good place to spot the African big five animals such as the lions, the leopards, elephants, black Rhinos, buffaloes alongside other wildlife.

When to visit Etosha? – Wild viewing is best during the dry season in the months of April to October, and the peak season in the months of July to September.

Where to stay? – Park host affordable government run rest camps which almost affordable to all travelers.  However, there are a lot safari lodges and camps that are found outside the park.

5. Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango delta is among the best places to travel in Africa. The delta is formed by the sands of Kalahari deserts Ranks. The park host majestic wildlife such as the hippos, aquatic wildlife, and the crocodiles. You can explore the Okavango delta using dung out canoe boat which will offer a chance to see other wildlife such as the elephants, leopards, lions among others. The main attraction in here is the delta.

When to visit Okavango? – The Okavango delta I open to visitors throughout year but the best time to go is during the dry season in the months of July to October which is a great time to enjoy wildlife viewing.

Where to stay? – The delta is lined by a wide range of accommodation options which are found within the concessions.

6. The Kruger national park, South Africa

This is one of the best places in Africa to visit on a safari. The park cannot be explored in one day; you will need about 2 weeks to completely explore it. The park receives a number of visitors and it allows you to explore the off beaten tracks. It is one of the best places in Africa to spot the African big five surviving together with other wildlife such as the cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, baboons, warthogs, herds of zebras, antelopes among others. It is one of the birders haven in South Africa with over 517 bird species.

Best time to visit Kruger national park – The Park offers good experience any time of the year but the best time for game viewing is during the dry season from May to September.

Accommodation- The choice of where to stay can be made from a variety of luxury, midrange and budget affordable lodges around the park. There are rest camps and lodges in the surrounding.

7. Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara national reserve is located in the southern part of Kenya and is a Transboundary of Serengeti national park of Tanzania. This is where the wildebeests in the great migration make their U-turn around July to October to head back to Serengeti national park, therefore consider visiting the area during that period. Maasai Mara is known worldwide as one of the African safari destinations with large population of lions and is a place you should think of if you want to see large prides on game drives. Other animals in the reserve include leopard, cheetah, buffalo and elephant. On a lucky day, you could spot the black rhino and have all the big five sighted on your safari.

Best time to visit Maasai Mara-If you are interested in watching the wildebeest migration, plan to be there from late august to early October when large herds of wildebeests are already in Kenya. Tourists get the best experience of game viewing any time of the year.

Accommodation-Visitors have a range of accommodation to choose from when at Maasai Mara. It could be the tented camps, midrange lodges or luxury lodges.

8. Amboseli national park

A visit to the park offers an opportunity to see as many elephants as possible, in addition to the spectacular view of the tallest freestanding mountain Kilimanjaro. It is at Amboseli that you can watch the best encounter of elephant interaction since it some of them have habituated. Since 1975, the park has hosted a study about elephants and it is considered the oldest study of these large mammals in the entire world. Amboseli national park offers clear stunning views of Kilimanjaro Mountain and a good background for photos. Amboseli national park is also recommended for tourists who love bird watching.

Best time to visit -The park offers good experience all year throughout but the best time for game viewing is during the dry season from July to October.

Accommodation – All categories of accommodation is available in and outside the park. There is a variety of budget, midrange and luxury lodges and camps.

9. Mahale Mountains national park

The forests on the low slopes of Mahale Mountains are habitats to over 800 chimps. This is the best area to visit if you want to see some of these gentle primates. There are a number of groups that were habituated by Japanese and are available for visits in the park. While trekking for the chimps, you’ll come across other primates residing in the forest and a number of beautiful birds. Visiting Mahale mountains national park also offers an opportunity to watch the spectacular rift valley escarpment.

Best time to visit the park-From July to October, chimpanzees are commonly seen at lower slopes of the mountain compared to other times of the year where you’ll have to move longer treks before finding them.

Accommodation-There are two luxury tented camps in the park and one midrange rest camp. You are therefore advised to make your booking early enough for the facility you wish to use.

10. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

There is no other place in the world that you can compare to Bwindi impenetrable forest where you find the largest population of the endangered mountain gorillas. The park has four different where trekkers experience unique and memorable experiences of searching for the mountain gorillas. When you finally come across these gentle giants, you will forget about the hectic hikes and you may not believe that you found these forest dwelling relatives of human beings. More primates will be seen in the forest as you trek including monkeys, and many birds.

The best time to visit-You can trek for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi at any time of the year but the best time for this is in the dry season from June to august and December to February when the trails are dry and can be easily hiked.

Accommodation- There are budget, midrange and luxury lodges at each of the sectors in Bwindi.