Africa is a vast and beautiful continent blessed with diverse wildlife and nature unlike any other in the world. It’s no surprise that it is found in most travel lover’s bucket list and should you plan to make your way to Africa in the near future, you simply have to visit its impressive national parks.
You may not know that Africa has the highest of concentration of national parks. With over 300 choices to consider, BookAllSafaris.com shares their top five guaranteed to make your trip worthwhile.
- Kruger National Park, South Africa
Located in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is a favourite among travellers and considered one of the world’s finest game parks. Along with over 100 mammals and 500 different types of birds, this world-renowned national park is home to Africa’s Big Five animals. What makes this park even more unique is its leading conservation efforts that make it a true wildlife haven. Stretching from the Limpopo to Crocodile rivers, with 300 kilometres of wilderness, it is famous for its rich diversity of habitats and is the most accessible and most equipped of all African parks – this is something you should keep in mind if you are considering to take a self-drive safari during your adventure in Africa. It also offers a range of multi-day hiking trails and mountain-biking tours you should not miss out on!
- Ethosa National Park, Namibia
One of Africa’s most striking national parks, Namibia’s Ethosa National Park is renowned for its hypnotic landscapes that makes it a go-to destination for photographers and travellers alike. Its name is derived from a local word which translates to “Great White Place” and reflects its magnificent white salt pan (that was previously a lake bed) that covers a quarter of its land. This open and arid landscape makes it an ideal venue to spot various wild animals congregating at watering holes. Although you can catch a glimpse of all of the Big Five here, it is also home to some of the most rare and unusual wildlife species including the black-faced impala. If you’re lucky and visit after a great rainfall, the usually dry and cracked clay transforms into a lush grassland that attracts plenty of game and a variety of water-loving birds such as flamingos.
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
Renowned for having the world’s largest population of elephants (over 50 000), the Chobe National Park is located in the northwest of Botswana nearby the borders to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Its 12 000 kilometres of land covers a variety of ecosystems, from arid plains to lush grasslands and dense woods, making it home to a diverse range of wildlife. Initially set as a wildlife reserve back in the 1930’s, Chobe National Park became the first national park in Botswana in 1968. Within it lies three legendary wildlife regions: the Chobe Riverfront, the Liyanti Marshes and the Savuti Marshes. The best time to visit is during winter (April to October) where animals such as zebras, antelopes, buffalos and herds of wildebeest gather around the river banks.
- Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Located in the nothern Tanzania region, the Serengeti National Park is arguably the most well known. One of the oldest of African national parks, it is among many travellers ‘must-visit’ destinations due to the annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. During the great migration, millions of animals move in unison, followed by their predators, which certainly makes an impressive sight. It covers a 1 000 kilometres long circular trek that takes places across the park’s unique settings. Stretching across 30 000 kilometres of land, vastness was the inspiration for its name, which came from the Maasai language and translates to “endless plains”. As it has been a well-protected area for a while, it offers one of the most undisturbed and pristine natural ecosystem on the planet with a robust wildlife population. Here, the Big Five, along with many other species, are in abundance. In fact, the Serengeti is home to Africa’s largest population of lions.
- Amboseli National Park, Kenya
This popular national park is somewhat small in comparison to the other parks on this list. That said, what it lacks in size it makes up for in its one-of-a-kind scenery. What makes Amboseli National Park truly unique is that it has the majestic Mount Kilamanjaro as its spectacular backdrop. Spanning across 8 000 kilometres of land, it is located nearby the country’s border with Tanzania and much of the peak of the highest mountain of Africa dominates over the park’s plains. Similar to the Serengeti, this national park also got its name from the Maasai language and means “salty dust”. In addition to the Big Five and other species such as giraffes, zebras, crocodiles as well as over 600 types of birds, one of its main attractions is its large herds of elephants. If you are looking to experience authentic local culture on top of sightseeing during your travel, you can do so by paying a visit to the members of Maasai community who live around the park!
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