In the last couple years, Africa has really put itself on the map, predominantly thanks to the World Cup in South Africa. While South Africa has become one of the top destinations in the world for experiencing diverse wilderness and wildlife, it isn't the only place you can go for adventure in Africa. Countries throughout Africa offer unique wildlife and wilderness opportunities that you simply can't experience anywhere else in the world. Below you'll find five destinations to take a safari in Africa.
Kruger National Park, South Africa: Kruger National Park is the obvious choice for many first-timers to South Africa. Not your ordinary national park, Kruger is the size of a small state and it's nearly impossible to explore all the areas of it, even if you have a few days. However, your best chance for seeing the most wildlife and the Big 5 will be if you spend most of your time along the southern portion of the park.
Okavango Delta, Botswana: Okavango Delta lies in Chobe National Park and features one of the most diverse regions of Africa for a safari. What's unique about Okavango Delta is that travelers can do both an overland and river safari. There are a lot of lodges scattered throughout Chobe National Park, making Okavango Delta ideal for a long weekend.
Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya: The late summer months are the best time to visit Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya because this is when the famous Great Migration takes place, typically from July to October. Witness as thousands of zebras and wildebeests migrate across Africa. Maasai Mara Reserve is a great choice if you plan on doing a few different safaris, as it borders Tanzania's Serengeti Plains.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: Serengeti National Park is probably the most familiar name on this list, as it has long been one of the most visited national parks in Africa. Since it borders Kenya, visitors can see the beginning of the Great Migration during the summer months. Although the northern portion borders Kenya's Maasai Mara Reserve, this isn't your best opportunity for viewing wildlife. For optimal viewing, spend most of your time in the southern region in the Seronera Valley.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: Hwange National Park is probably the one destination you may be least familiar with. Located in Zimbabwe, this national park has one of the largest populations of mammals in Africa. Hwange National Park features large populations of the Big Five, although the rhino and leopard are a little more difficult to spot. As long as you're in Zimbabwe, you can't miss a visit to Victoria Falls.