During 2020 international travel was placed on hold due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, with the new year approaching and talks about vaccines, everyone can look at travelling again – but with so many options, where do you go first for your African Safari.
Each country is so unique, and although it would be best to visit them all, that might not be possible. Maybe it would be best to start at the one end and then work your way through the list. Or start with your most desired destination first.
Big Five Safari
If you are travelling to South Africa, a visit to the Kruger National Park and/or the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a must. Home to the Big Five, which includes the elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard – but there is so much more including cheetah, zebra, giraffe and plenty of sable.
Also, travelling to South Africa, you can add a visit to Cape Town to your safari. Famous attractions in Cape Town include Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Winelands.
Known as “The land of desert, sand and culture” and home to large sand dunes, this is most certainly a country for the adventurous – quad biking through the desert or climbing Big Daddy in Sossusvlei, standing at a whopping 325m, you deserve the bragging rights when reaching the top, but also so rewarding with the most spectacular views of Dead Vlei, a white pan with fossils of camelthorn trees.
Travelling north, you would be able to meet some Himba tribes. They are considered the last semi-nomadic people of Namibia.
This country has so much to offer when it comes to exploring. The Chobe National Park is home to some of the largest herds of elephants in the world, and here you can also cruise along the Chobe River to explore the river banks.
Botswana is also home to the world-famous Okavango Delta, where you can explore nature by game drive vehicle, walking safaris and even cruise the canals in a mokoro, which is a traditional dugout canoe. Cruising through the canals in a mokoro, you can explore smaller creatures which call the Okavango Delta their home. Have a lookout for reed frogs, dragonflies and other insects. The waterlilies also add to the beauty of the area.
The Great Wildebeest Migration. National Geographic has documented the annual migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest as they migrate in an enormous loop each year. But seeing is believing!
The wildebeest migration mainly moves throughout Tanzania as they are continually searching for greener pastures. From about March onwards, the herds travel from the southern Serengeti, in Tanzania up north. Around August the herds cross the Mara River to the Masai Mara in Kenya – this is an extremely popular time to experience the migration as it jam-packed with action. Not only do plenty of the wildebeest fall prey to the river currents, but the river is also filled with crocodiles just waiting for their next meal.
From about October, the herds make their way back to the Serengeti and travel south again. While in the south, between January and February, the little ones are born- this is the best time to watch predators hunt as they target the weak.
Both Kenya and Tanzania offer amazing parks that can be an add-on to your migration safari.
Mountain gorillas an only be found in 3 countries in East Africa, including Uganda, Rwanda and the Republic of Congo. The most popular is Uganda, followed closely by Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking is not like any other safari. It calls for a little more planning and a bit more effort. The only way to reach the Gorilla families would be to hike through the forests. But so worth it – seeing these creatures up close and personal in their natural environment going about their business – is like nothing else.
With so many options for your next African Safari, it is going to be challenging to make a choice. And this is only the tip of the ice that Africa has on offer. Contact us today to make planning your next African Safari a breeze. Africa awaits!