The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest wildlife reserve in the world! This massive reserve is also one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Remotely situated, you will feel as though you have the whole place to yourself. The grasslands of this reserve are a favorite of animals, who come here to graze.
Phinda Private Game Reserve is actually composed of seven distinct ecosystems, meaning it attracts a wide range of different animals. You can find all of the Big Five here, plus cheetahs. With the Indian Ocean only a short distance away, you can easily combine a beach holiday with your safari experience.
Ol Pejeta is the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa and is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. Not nearly as popular as the Masai Mara, this conservancy made the list for its outstanding work in protecting some of Africa’s most vulnerable species.
Moremi Game Reserve, on the eastern side of the Okavango ta, is a favorite of leopards and African wild dog! Cat rs may also be able to spot cheetahs rehydrating after a long run at one of the reserve’s permanent bodies of water.
The Okavango ta is one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Here, the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert, creating an incredible wetland ecosystem that is superb for wildlife viewing. That said, a visit to the Okavango ta is as much for the views as it is for the wildlife.
By land, air, and sea, animals flock to Mana Pools. Located on the lower Zambezi River, this area floods every rainy season, creating several lakes and swamps (hence the name). The best time to visit is during the dry season when the water starts to recede a bit, giving way to land, and the animals come thirsty from other parts of the region.
Linyanti’s woodlands and floodplains make for a unique safari experience, different from that found in most other parts of the continent. This is also one of the most remote experiences that you can have and is a bit off the beaten path than some of the other choices.
Etosha National Park is situated on a massive salt pan, yet attracts hundreds of animals to its watering holes. Namibia has many diverse habitats and its animals roam free, almost completely unbothered by humans, as the country is one of the least densely populated in the world.
The story behind Gorongosa National Park is almost as beautiful as the park itself. This national park has been restored from being almost completely depleted of all wildlife and is now home to hippos, elephants, and lions, as well as some stunningly beautiful scenery.
The Serengeti may be Tanzania’s most famous park, but Ruaha National Park is actually the country’s largest. Ruaha is all about the elephants and birds! The park is believed to have one of the highest populations of elephants in East Africa and has over 500 species of birds.