26 Jul Your Guide to Going on Safari in Africa
Going on safari on Africa arranged by safariFRANK is an incredible experience that is perfect for animal lovers and adventurers-at-heart. With unspoilt natural landscapes, beautiful wild animals and sparkling night skies, there is nowhere quite like the land of the Sahara.
This article outlines some of the best places to visit on your trip.
Where to go
With so many stunning destinations, deciding where to go on your safari in Africa is possibly the most difficult decision you’ll make on your trip! Unless you’re wealthy (and time-rich) enough to travel all over the country, you will have to decide which places are most appealing to you. Some of the most popular options include:
Tanzania is arguably the most popular destination for those going on safari in Africa – and for good reason! Between the famous Serengeti, Zanzibar Island, Mount Kilimanjaro and the world’s biggest wildebeest migration, Tanzania has something for everyone. There are also a large number of beautiful spots to explore off the beaten track.
For the most dramatic landscapes in the country, head to Namibia. It features the world’s largest free-standing sand dunes, the world’s oldest desert, and the second biggest canyon in the world. It also has a unique blend of German and native African architecture. To the north lies lush, tropical forests, rivers and savannahs. What really makes it special is that it has one of the strongest conservation efforts in the continent, with 42% of the country currently under conservation management.
Kenya has a rich history of family safari in Africa, with a number of excellent family-owned camps to explore. It is also home to the Masai Mara, the famous game reserve with the largest concentration of big wildlife in the world! Due to bans on trophy hunting in the region, animals tend to be friendlier towards humans, allowing you to get closer to them than you otherwise would. Better still, Kenya’s high altitude makes it significantly less hot compared to other countries, and has a lower risk of malaria.
Uganda is home to the famous mountain range known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ as well as a diverse range of primates – from chimpanzees to mountain gorillas –, making it one of the go-to spots for tourists looking to go on safari in Africa. Between the Nile River, swamplands, sweeping savannahs and lush rainforests, this is a pretty unbeatable location when it comes to beauty and diversity. It is also conveniently located next to Tanzania and Kenya, making it a good addition to longer tours. Also note that the mountain gorilla trek in Uganda is half the price of the same trek in Rwanda, so if you’re budget-conscious, head to the former!
Zambia is one of the most underrated spots to go on safari in Africa – its untamed wilderness, friendly locals and three famous rivers are unparalleled. It also features an abundance of exotic fish, birds and big game. And of course, you can’t forget Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
SA is highly diverse, bright and sunny, and rich in culture. It also offers great value for money (as well as delicious food). Head over to Kruger National Park or River Canyon Nature Reserve for a safari in Africa featuring lions, buffalo, rhinos, leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Next, visit Makuleke to see a range of stunning birdlife and classic landscapes. Once you’re finished, head over to Cape Town to explore the colourful, rich city culture and then visit the Stellenbosch vineyards to enjoy some local wine.