Popular Safari Destinations

The word ‘Safari’ means ‘journey’ in Swahili and you can be guaranteed the journey of a lifetime if you choose to go on an African safari holiday. For many people who book a safari then it can be their dream trip of a life-time so it is important to choose the best location to suit your safari requirements.

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is the place to go if big cats are your thing. Leopards, lions and cheetahs prowl the area and the Reserve is often used when television companies want to make documentaries about these magnificent animals. Located on the border of Tanzania and the Mara River, home to hippos and crocodiles, runs through the Reserve and the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania can be seen at the southern end. You can also see giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs and elephants to name just some of the other animals living in the area. The best time to visit is generally considered to be between July and October.

For those who like their holidays to be as close to reality as possible then The Zambezi Valley in the Zambia is the place to visit. This area is vast and still and up and coming tourist area with not many guides operating at all at the moment. You can expect an authentic experience here and if you have a specific wildlife interest like birds or fish you can find some great safaris that focus solely on these creatures. There are canoeing and boating safaris available in this area as well as walking safaris for those who like to get a bit active on holiday. Perhaps not the type of safari for those who want the traditional safari experience this is more for those who enjoy less chartered territory!

The vast Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is so enormous that it is divided into three separate areas. It is no surprise then to find out that the word Serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language. This is the perfect safari destination for anyone wanting a traditional safari experience as you will see the big cats, elephants, rhinos zebras and wildebeest to name just a few of the animals living in this area.

One of the oldest and longest established reserves in Africa is The Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is also one of the larges parks in Africa and is another great destination for a safari holiday as it has more types of animal than any of the other reserves in Africa. All of the Big Five game animals can be found here – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and elephants – along with hundreds of other species. The park has 9 gates that give entrance to the various different camps from where your safari journey begins.

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