Experiencing the Big 5 in their natural habitat has been on my travel bucket list ever since I was a child. Besides seeing the big cats and rhinos, I love elephants and can spend hours watching them in their family units and learning so much from them. They are some of the wisest animal species on our planet.
There are numerous safari game parks in Africa. But I recommend you select only those you most want to see and that suits your budget, the animals that are present, and the season in which you are traveling.
Masai Mara Game Park, Kenya. This was the first safari game park we visited and so has the “first love” attachment for me. The memory of riding through the savannah in an open topped van is still strong in my mind.
Experiencing the plains dotted far and wide with zebra and wildebeest; giraffes loping by in the distance, stopping for lunch under the shade of an acacia; watching cheetahs on the hunt and seeing my first ever lion kill of a wildebeest in front of us will never leave me.
And then at night, we camped around the fire talking to a Masai warrior as he shared tales with us of life as a fierce nomadic warrior who fight lions and leopards with their bare hands.
Etosha National Park, Namibia. Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”is dominated by a massive dry salt pan which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts impressive flocks of flamingos and the perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.
Etosha National Park in Namibia is one of those parks known for night time animal viewing around the waterholes. As a visitor to Etosha you can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions, there is a network of roads linking the three campsites and subsidiary roads lead to various waterholes.
Kruger National Park, South Africa. The iconic Kruger National Park would have to be one of the most well known safari parks to visit in Africa and one of the best in South Africa for wildlife viewing.
It boasts the most diverse game viewing experience in Africa. In terms of facilities and the range of accommodation offered, no national park anywhere in the world can match what Kruger National Park has to offer.
Kruger is abundant in wildlife, has an extensive and developed road system, and has many camp grounds and lodging options. From affordable Self-Catering family bungalows to luxury Private Game Lodges with all the trimmings – it’s all here.