An African safari offers many exciting activities, and opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Here’s an Ultimate Guide to Safaris in East Africa according to Jonny, an Adventurous Travel Blogger.
The Serengeti National Park
The word Serengeti conjures up images of the vast African savannah. Situated in North Tanzania covering a huge area, visiting the Serengeti National Park it is the quintessential safari experience.
In fact, I would say it’s the best African safari you can do. Even possibly the best safari in the world. Entering by a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you will find no paved roads, and the dust flies everywhere as you bounce around. Flat plains slowly give way to savannah with rocky outcrops, and some forested areas perfect for animals to hide in.
The Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara in Kenya is essentially a small extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania.
As such you will get a great safari, with wide-open savannah stretching across the horizon.
It’s also relatively easy to see the big cats there, lions seem to be everywhere, and the occasional cheetah can be seen. There are huge herds of buffalo and wildebeast around, and again if you are lucky at the right time of year, you can see the wildebeast migration.
South Luangwa National Park
Situated in the north of Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is a very different kind of safari destination, compared to the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Instead of vast savannah, it’s more of a forested place, punctuated by grassy areas and the large Luangwa river. Staying in one of South Luangwa National Parks lodges on the side of the river which is the natural border to the park, you can see hippos lounging around during the day, and listen to them feed on the grass around the camp at night.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of those magical places in the world. Situated in North Tanzania, it is a huge crater full of wildlife, with the largest density of lions in Africa. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in all weather. On the budget, safaris mean you will be camping out, again great fun for feeling close to the animals. Listening to the sound of zebras munching away on the grass right next to your tent, or the roar of a lion close by, is out of this world.
Tarangire National Park
Back to north Tanzania again, where Tarangire National Park is situated.
The national park is well known for its large elephant population, and it’s easy to see why when you enter, they are everywhere. If you like elephants, this is the place to be. By the river that runs through the park, you can see the elephants bathing in the mud to cool down, splashing themselves to keep their back covered from the strong African sun. There is also the usual mix of animals, such as wildebeast and zebra, and the occasional cheetah.
Lake Nakuru National Park
So if you have been on safaris and not managed to see the elusive rhino, then Lake Nakuru National Park in South-West Kenya is where you need to be. It is well known for its rhino population and the ease at which you can see them. You would have to be very lucky to see the rare black rhino, but the white rhinos are more easily found. This park is situated around a lake surrounded by hills. It’s quite heavily forested in many places, which can make spotting some wildlife difficult.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is located near the Zambian border with Botswana.
I included it here as many people visiting South Luangwa National Park will most likely end up at Victoria Falls at some point in Zambia, as it’s one of Zambia’s main attractions. It has a large river running through it which always has water, even in the dry season. This makes it a great place to get out on a boat to spot hippos and elephants, and maybe even some rare wild dogs if you are very fortunate.