With the holiday season quickly approaching, people around the world are looking for fun and interesting getaways to take during their time off. African safari tours are a very unique and enjoyable way to spend some time abroad. People around the world enjoy safari tours because they are a completely one-of-a-kind experience, and provide access to some of the most majestic wildlife in the world.
Taking a “safari” can have many different meanings depending on the reason for taking it in the first place. Some travelers want adventure and even a little danger; others want relaxation in a virtual Garden of Eden; and still others want what could well be the last look at wildlife in its natural habitat before that habitat becomes civilized.
The Best African Safari Tours
There are many different types of safari tours on the market right now, but generally, they offer lodging, transportation, and a guided tour through the beautiful wildlife reserves of Africa. Many offer food and other comforts as well. They are also available at a variety of price points, so the safari trip can be planned to suit your personal budget. Here are a few of the most popular African safari tours.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti is one of the most commonly recognized safari locations in the world, and for good reason. Serengeti offers wonderful wildlife views throughout the entire year, making it easy to get good deals in the off-season. However, the pride of the Serengeti is the yearly wildebeest migration that takes place between November and July. This is one of the only places in the world where you can see such a high concentration of wildlife at once.
In addition to the wildebeests, the Serengeti is also home to zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, gazelle, and even big cats. The terrain of the park varies from rolling plains to bush forests depending on the location. Serengeti is a huge park, so it can be intimidating to decide where to stay and what to do. Options range from game drives to hot air ballooning to luxury resorts, and trips can get a bit pricey, especially during the wildebeest migration.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Located just north of Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara is another of Africa’s most famous locations for seeing spectacular wildlife. The area has a hugely diverse population of animals, and is one of the best places in the world for seeing big cats such as lions and leopards, as well as elephants and rhinos.
The wildebeest migration also comes up from Serengeti into Masai Mara every year, and the wildebeests make a spectacular river crossing to move into the refuge of the plains in Masai Mara.
There are a few downsides to going to Masai Mara. It can get very crowded, especially during the migration season. It is also difficult to drive into Masai Mara from Nairobi, and flights can get quite expensive. But with some careful planning, a trip to Masai Mara is an unforgettable experience.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger Park has the highest concentration of wildlife in South Africa, and is one of the best places in the entire continent to view the ‘big five’: lions, leopards, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. Kruger Park is also home to cheetahs, hippos, and giraffes, just to name a few. Its proximity to other desirable travel destinations, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, and even the beautiful islands of Mozambique, make it a good choice for those looking to diversify their trip to Africa.
Kruger Park also offers a very wide variety in accommodation types, and for those looking to spend a little extra money, there are several private reserves within the park that offer privacy and spectacular game sightings.