5 Best Countries to Visit for an African Safari

5 Best Countries to Visit for an African Safari

With over 54 countries that make up the African continent, choosing that one excellent safari destination to explore this coming holiday becomes more challenging. An African safari rewards visitors with authentic experiences in terms on sightseeing, wildlife safaris, nature retreats, ecotours and leisurely holidays etc. This continent is a true wilderness and adventure paradise and each country offers unique attractions. There are a few exceptional destinations where you can enjoy a memorable holiday. While on safari in Africa, the following countries should be a must to visit;

5 Best Countries to Visit for an African Safari

1. Morocco

For any plans to spend a holiday in North Africa, Morocco is that one most spectacular country you should pay a visit. Though Morocco is not such an amazing destination for wildlife safaris, it is one of the top destination to enjoy cultural tours. Located in North Africa, Morocco boasts of its bustling cities, seaside villages and snowy mountains.

Besides, it is a true melting pot of culture and while here, you will have the best of European, Arabic and Berber life. While in Morocco, you will feel that you are in a second home. Another thing you shouldn’t miss out is to have a taste of Moroccan cuisines. Morocco is one of the best destinations if you are someone looking to culinary tours! You can also have a taste of the traditional foods that the Moroccan People take during your holiday. If you are looking to heritage tour, you can also pay a visit to Ait Benhaddou, a fortified ancient village which is one of Morocco’s designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Botswana

To have the best of African safari, Botswana should be a must for you to explore. What makes this country magical is its pristine wilderness, its isolation and stunning beauty. Its remarkable model of low density tourism makes it one of the excellent safari destinations for small group safaris in Africa. There is private concession system which offers visitors more freedom to have off-road game drive, walking, canoe, night drives unlike other destinations with savanna national parks. The low density model has resulted into increase in luxury camps in the parks which makes it a little bit costly especially during the high season. However you will definitely enjoy the astoundingly prolific wildlife in the unimaginable vast national parks.

3. South Africa

For long, South Africa has been the leading safari destination in Africa and it still keeps its position. It boasts of its diverse attractions, vast national parks, well developed towns and more. It comes with several spectacular national parks including the famous Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Addo Elephant Park, Table Mountain National Park etc. Each of which comprising of remarkable wildlife species for you to explore.

While on safari in South Africa, Kruger National Park is that one must visit destination you need to pay a visit to and you will have the best views over its wildlife species. Top animals to see in Kruger National Park include lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants a mention but a few. Ideally, there is a lot for you to enjoy while on safari in South Africa that will leave lots memories in you.

4. Uganda

Uganda is a no surprise on the list of the best destinations to visit in Africa. Located in East Africa, Uganda is the best destinations for primate lovers! Uganda is that one magical country that rewards travel endeavors with thrilling primate adventures including gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking etc. If you are interested in mountain gorilla watching adventures then Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park should be a must to explore while you are on a Uganda Safari. To take part in this primate experience, you need $600 for you to secure your permit. You can obtain a permit in Uganda through a trust worthy tour operator or through reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Besides mountain gorillas, the other wildlife species for you to catch a glimpse while on Uganda safaris include the African elephants, chimpanzees, giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, birds and many others. Some of the stunning national parks to explore include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Semuliki National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and many other touristic sites. For wildlife viewing in Uganda, the best places to visit include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.

5. Kenya

In East Africa, Kenya is that one unique country you must visit!  Count on Kenya  and experience a true wilderness safari. You will have the best of Africa’s magical experiences if you consider exploring Kenya’s best national parks. While on safari in Kenya, take a trip to the Masai Mara Game Reserve a home to big game and wildebeests. It is ideal for game viewing and for you to have the best of wildebeest encounters.

The magical Kenya comprises of distinct activities and they include nature walks, horseback riding, cultural encounters, biking a mention but a few. You can also pay a visit to Laikipia in Central Kenya which features among a few significant sites for one to catch a glimpse at the African wild dogs, grevy’s zebra and also a chance for you to have amazing experiences from its varied safari activities.

CONCLUSION

Africa is a destination like no other! The word safari was coined in Africa and specifically in Kenya. Therefore if you are looking to a safari holiday, look no further! Though in this post, we have selected the best 5 countries, there are many other exciting destinations where you can enjoy an authentic African safari. The others include Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

For any plans to spend your holiday in Africa this coming season, consider the above countries a must to visit and you will be rewarded with unforgettable experiences.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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