Kenya is the country that most envision when thinking about Africa, featured in famous films like “Born Free” and “Out of Africa.” This is where you’ll find the most well-known national parks and reserves like Maasai Mara. A safari here is authentic with no fences around the park boundaries or many of the camps, with the wildlife all free roaming.
Tanzania is filled with stunning landscapes that include everything from Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain at 19,000 feet high, to deep craters, great lakes, and wide-open grassland. Its beaches are spectacular, rivalling even the powdery sands of the Maldives. It’s famous for the Serengeti, located in the northern region which brings sightings of wildebeest, zebra, lion, gazelle, crocodile and more. The Great Wildebeest migration can be witness throughout much of the year, from October through June, although wildlife spotting is outstanding here year-round.
With so much to see and do in South Africa, this destination is ideal for enjoying a variety of experiences. You can take a shorter safari and also take advantage of the Winelands region, beaches and cities. There are a wide range of private game reserves, including options that are malaria-free and family-friendly. If you book your trip between July and December, you’ll have the opportunity to not only spot the Big Five, but whales. This country offers some of the best whale watching in the world.
Botswana offers exclusive safari experiences, bringing opportunities to see much more than the Big Five. It’s home to Chobe National Park which covers 4,500 square miles, with some of Africa’s highest concentrations of wildlife, particularly elephants, with around 120,000 here. The waterways of the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi salt pans make for the unique experience of off-the-beaten track wildlife watching, including spotting via a traditional canoe.
Zimbabwe is known for its safari walks, with wildlife watching done on foot with some of the world’s best guides. It’s home to Hwange National Park where around 100 different mammal species can be seen, including abundant elephant, wild dogs, and buffalo, with cheetahs, leopards, lions and giraffes all commonly spotted as well. This country is also where you’ll find Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Namibia is best-known for its dramatic landscapes, including striking white salt pans, petrified ghost forests and the red Sossusvlei sand dunes. The dunes are home to many animals you might not expect to see in the desert, like zebras and lions, along with oryx, antelope and ostrich. The country also boasts the largest population of free-roaming black rhino on the planet.