The Best Destinations In Africa For Wildlife

April 2, 2020

Pixabay. CCO Licensed.

Africa is renowned for its exotic wildlife. While you can catch a glimpse of incredible animals all across the continent, there are a few countries that stand out when it comes to spectacular sightings and biodiversity. Here are just some of the top countries in Africa for those that want to see wildlife.

South Africa

If you’re hoping to see the big five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo), Kruger Park is South Africa is one of the best places to go. The Western Cape is meanwhile one of the best destinations for Great White Shark sightings. South Africa is one of the most popular countries in Africa for families – you’ll find a number of family-friendly tours and family-friendly forms of accommodation. On top of its natural sights, South Africa also sports some incredible cities, making it a diverse place to travel to.

Kenya

Kenya is considered the birthplace of the traditional African safari. Masai Mara is its most popular national park – on top of containing the big five, this national park is one of the best places to catch the Great Migration in which thousands of zebra, gazelle and wildebeest go on an annual movement. Lake Nakuru is a popular destination to visit in Kenya, containing more than a million pink flamingos and other wildlife including giraffes, hippos and warthogs. On top of these sights, there’s also Mount Kilimanjaro.

Pixabay. CCO Licensed.

Rwanda

One of the most popular animals to see in Rwanda are the mountain gorillas. There are a number of Rwanda tours that allow you to get up close to these mighty apes – Volcanoes National Park has the world’s largest number of these endangered animals. Akagera National Park is meanwhile home to some incredible animals including giraffes, zebras, elephants and buffalo. From jungle to sannah, this country offers a range of different terrains for different wildlife experiences.

Botswana

Botswana offers some of the more unique safari travel options. On top of the typical jeep safaris, there’s also the option of exploring the rivers by riverboat or by mokoro (a dugout canoe). It’s a great country to see the big five. Elephant lovers will particularly enjoy Botswana – Chobe National Park is home to the largest herds of elephants in the world. You can even stay in a lodge on the savannah plains and wake up to wildebeest and antelopes grazing.

Pixabay. CCO Licensed.

Madagascar

This island country of Madagascar is renowned for its endemic species (animals found nowhere else in the world). The lemurs are its biggest appeal and can be found all across the country. For the best lemur tours, head to Ranomafana National Park where you can find the largest population of black and white ruffed lemurs. Aye Aye Island is also worth visiting and is home to the rare and mysterious aye-aye.

Filed in: Travel Planning

Comments are closed.

Back to Top