Lion on our African safari tour

How To Decide Which African Safari Tour Is Best?

Choosing which African safari tour to take for your dream holiday can be a very difficult decision. With so many parks and so many types of animals, the options feel endless. Here is a quick list of some of our favourite destinations for game spotting:

Lion on our African safari tour

Lions may look lazy, but they can run up to 50 miles per hour for a short distance and can leap a distance of 36 feet! Keep your distance while on safari!
Photo Credit: Tour Leader Jonathan Hodgson / Owilybug Travel Photography

South Africa: South Africa’s largest reserve, Kruger National Park, has more animal species than anywhere else in Africa. It is home to over 137 mammal species, 49 fish, 112 reptiles, and over 500 bird species. This park is close to the heart for birders and big game enthusiasts alike. The Mkuze Reserve and its savannahs, swamps, sand forests and recorded 420+ bird species is an exceptional stop for birders as well.

Gemsbok South African Oryx

The Gemsbok, or South African Oryx, the largest species of Oryx (a type of antelope) can actually be found on the coat of arms of Namibia.
Photo Credit: Tour Leader Jonathan Hodgson / Owilybug Travel Photography

Namibia: As one of Africa’s lesser known safari destinations but still a photographer’s dream, Etosha National Park is a big surprise for many. It’s one of the world’s largest national parks with an extraordinary array of animals, which are mostly dependent on watering holes.

Greater Kudu antelope

The Greater Kudu is one of the world’s largest species of antelope, with bulls weighing in anywhere from 400 to 600 pounds, even up to almost 700!
Photo Credit: Tour Leader Jonathan Hodgson / Owilybug Travel Photography

Botswana: Boarding a boat down the Chobe River or venturing into the grasslands on an open-top vehicle, it is easy to discover why this park is so beloved. With over 100,000 elephants, big pods of hippos, very large crocodiles, lions, hyenas, giraffes and more, Chobe National Park has one of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent. Another heavy hitter in the safari world, the Okavango Delta is best explored by canoe or by 4WD. Normally deltas unload into the sea, but this river system empties out onto the land creating a unique pulsating wetland filled with big game, as well as plenty of fish and birds. There is nowhere like it in the world.

Rhinoceros Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kenya

Have you ever wondered where the rhinoceros got its name? Rhinoceros is combined from the Greek words rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).
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Kenya: A highlight in the Kenyan parks is the grassy plains of Ol Pejeta, home to the largest black rhino sanctuary and Kenya’s only chimpanzee population. As an extension of the Serengeti, there is no way one could miss a safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Not only home to all the ‘Big 5’ game and the wildebeest migration, the Mara also holds the largest lion population and the best chance to view cheetahs, this stop is key for those who love big cats.

Elephants Amboseli National Park Kenya

This herd of elephants grazes peacefully in the swamps of Amboseli National Park. You can see Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
Photo credit: M. Disdero via CC BY-SA 2.5

Tanzania: Amboseli National park rests in the shadow of snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro and is a wonderful place to spot elephant herds on open plains with that uniquely African backdrop of the continent’s highest mountain. For birders, you’ll enjoy a chance to spot ibis, flamingos, fish eagles and pelicans in the Lake Manyara National Reserve.

Tanzania’s most well known highlight is the chance to watch the 1.5 million wildebeest and half a million zebra migrate to better grazing and water pastures in the Serengeti National Park. We stake our vantage point from high on the kopje mountains or with a possible daybreak hot air balloon ride. For those who are looking to see dynamic landscapes, the Ngorongoro Crater’s volcanic landscape with waterfalls, grasslands, and mountain forests is considered one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world.

To find out more about our African safaris, check out our Southern Africa group tours. You can also click the link in the country name above and be redirected to a list of tours which includes the country desired.

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