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Quick guide to African Safari for first time visitors

Experience an adventure in Africa's National Parks

A safari in Africa is the ultimate travel experience. Who wouldn’t want to hike with the wild animals, swim with the corals or explore the most romantic vineyards? First-time visitors to Africa should be prepared to be blown away as they’re about to experience an adventure like no other. Whether you’re courageous enough to wander through the continent’s most remote regions, or you’d rather stick to the south side, the following guide will help you make the best choice.

Giraffes and zebras in Kruger National Park
Visit one of many National Parks in Africa
to experience a great holiday adventure of African safari

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, and probably, one of the most famous. It covers a whopping 19,633 square kilometres. You should expect to see the big five animals here – Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Leopards and Buffalos. There are many operators offering the classic drive safari, or for the more adventurous, there is a walking safari. Nothing will beat the experience of being next to a pride of lions or a herd of elephants.

South Africa’s Camps Bay

South Africa’s Camps Bay is an ideal travel destination. People from all over the world come here to test the beaches, enjoy the nightlight and try out the water activities. There are many Camps Bay villas you’ll adore, as well as a wealth of places of interest that will keep you busy. On a sea life safari, tourists will admire whales, sharks, seals, dolphins and penguins – all in their natural habitat. Many trips are organized to Seal Island and Robben Island, so if you’re travelling to Cape Town make sure to include this experience into your itinerary.

Botswana

Located in the North of Africa, Botswana is now rivalling the better known destinations in South Africa. Here you can experience the Okavanga Delta, grassland where the Okavanga River meets a huge trough; the water all ultimately evaporates although for a while, every year, and the grasslands flood. It is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The grasslands and seasonal flooding create an excellent environment for many types of wildlife, springbok, hippopotamus, antelope and zebra to name a few. Botswana is also home to the semi-arid Kalahari Desert and the massive elephant herds of the Chobe National Park.

African grasslands have a mystical appeal
Experience the sense of awe in African grasslands, one of seven natural wonders of Africa

Namibia

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa’s largest reserve; part of this is the Namib Desert, considered the oldest in the world and is home to snakes, geckos, hyenas and jackals, amongst others. The sand dunes here are the tallest in the world and separate the sand from the lagoons, wetlands and mudflats with the shoreline attracting hundreds of thousands of birds. The diversity of wildlife here is truly amazing, the real issue, in a park the size of Switzerland, is travelling around it all.

Zambia

Zambia is home to the South Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park – which is full of game, the Zambezi river and the magnificent Victoria Falls, which border Zimbabwe. The walking safari originated in the South Luangwa National Park and you can aspect to see sixty different animal species and 400 varieties of birds. The valley is also home to an amazing variety of exotic wildflowers and tree species. Obviously a visit here must include a view of the awe inspiring Victoria Falls, in the wet season, the river is two kilometres wild and drops over one hundred feet, the spray can be seen from miles away.

Satisfying thirst in Africa
There are many unique animal species in Africa, that can be found throughout its National Parks

Tanzania

The Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa, are familiar names to everyone; Tanzania is also home to the volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, with its many forms of game. This area is known to be home to 25,000 large animals, including the rare black rhinoceros, zebras, elands, gazelles, lions, leopards, reedbuck, buffalos and wildebeest. At the far end of this park stands the Olduvia Gorge, regarding as the cradle of mankind and the most important prehistoric site in the world. Whilst Serengeti is at risk of being over crowded by tourists, there are many wonders which can be seen outside of this park.

Kenya

Kenya is home to the Masai Mara National Park, known as the home of the great migration. It has many private game reserves in the Laikipia region. This is another excellent place to see the big five and the annual migration of the wildebeest. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, on foot, by car, or even via hot air balloon!

Whichever destination you choose in your African safari trip, you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

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