Embracing the fact that we are human beings and not humans will sure get you closer to curiosity for wildlife. In spite of world getting studded with tall skyscrapers, wilderness still hasn’t lost its charm. It’s time you embrace the beauty. If you have made up your mind for a thrilling safari tour, then we too have created a list to narrow down your decisions. Here are the best Safari destinations which will for sure give you a wild dose.
Okavango Delta, Botswana –This is the largest in land delta in the world, and attracts the wild at large. It is a permanent marshland, and occasionally covered in floods. The floods here are typically caused by River Okavango. The seasonal floods add beauty of wilderness in backdrop of landscape. Travellers get to cruise through by canoes and land too.
It is home to cheetah, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion. Within the delta, Moremi Game reserve attracts most of the travellers. It is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also home to some of the finest camping experience. The place offers, walking safaris, boating safaris, riding safaris, helicopter safaris, mokoro safaris, and balloon safaris.
Ranthambore National Park – This beauty belongs to India, and is located about 180 away kilometers from Jaipur. It is perfect to catch sight of big cats. It is home to the popular Royal Bengal Tiger. This one too has water bodies that hoard lots of wildlife to spectacle. Plus on safari to Ranthambore you also get to see some pieces of historic architecture.
All the year around, it attracts travellers and wildlife photographers. The most popular here are jeep safaris, Chambal River Safari, and canter safaris. It houses some popular lakes like Raj Bagh Talab, Padam Talab, and Malik Talab. It is also a great spot for bird watching, thanks to the migratory species that flock here. When here do not miss to see the Ranthambore Fort.
Masai Mara, Kenya – Is home to Big Fives, Zebras, and Hippos. Wildebeest migration transforms the landscapes of Masai Mara into a Carnival of Animals with millions of them. It is estimated that through July to October, around 1.5 Million animals migrate here. It is typically savannah grassland with rivers finding a way through. Masai Mara is a complete treat to eyes.
It is located in South West Kenya and covers an area of around 1510 Square Kilometers. It gets its name from the Maasai Tribe that dwells here are a nomadic warrior clan. Some of the popular here are Hot Air Balloon Safari, and game drives. There are many luxury tented camps and luxury lodges in the area. Desert date trees which you must have seen in the pictures are dotted all across.
Hwange, Zimbabwe – This can be coupled best with view of Victoria Falls. Has blend of Grasslands and woods. Best to spectacle Elephants in large herds (with maximum population across all safaris), Big Fives and surviving breed of African Wild Dogs. It is also a great place for bird watching, thanks to the migratory birds that flock here from Northern Africa and Europe.
After from heavy concentration of elephants, it also houses buffaloes, brown hyenas, and gemsbok. Safari game drives of Hwange are very popular. It is spread across across 3.5 Million acres and is located in the North West Part of Zimbabwe. It is estimated that is home to more than 100 species of mammals, and more than 400 species of birds.
Yala Park, Sri Lanka – Well spotting a Leopard has never been easy than here, with estimated count of one leopard per square Kilometre. Blend of Grasslands, Lagoons, and Forests, it will never bore your trails. It comes with additional sightseeing sites, making complete package. Apart from high Leopards density, there are hordes of elephants too.
It is spread across 130,000 hectares of land. It is estimated that Yala National park is home to more than 44 species of mammals, and more than 215 species of birds. When here must visit places are Sithulpauwwa, and Magul Maha Viharaya. Owing to the coastal line that falls under the park, the place is also popular for its beach walks.
Kruger National Park – Yet another gem from Africa, and the largest of them. Not only limited to Big Fives, but is home to several species of mammals, and birds. Has lots of immersive Game Reserves. Experience is worth least once in lifetime. It is spread across 2 million hectares of land and is real African beauty.
Inside the park Central Grasslands have the highest density of lions, and you can even spot them while your safari moves on the road through it. Sabie River bushveld inside the park is believed to have the world’s highest density of leopards. Apart from the big five, you must also see Ground Hornbill, Fish Eagle, and Baobab and Marula Trees.
Etosha National Park – Namibia’s flagship national reserve, is best place to watch Black Rhinos. It lacks sights of Cape Buffaloes, but masses of elephants and lions don’t make us feel lonely. It doesn’t ceases to surprise also with diverse species of birdlife. One of the major highlights of the national park is salt pan which is so huge that it can also be seen from space.
The salt pan also attracts herds of flamingos that are spectacle to see. It is also home to the world’s largest bird ostrich, and also to the world’s heaviest flying bird, kori bustard. Since long it has attracted many wildlife photographers because of its unique terrain and landscape. The meaning of Etosha is great white area, and it got its name from the great salt pan.
Serengeti, Tanzania – Best place to spot predators in action because of its flat grassland landscape. Also has game viewing facilities that are pretty immersive. The great migration also brings lots of wildlife in the picture and travellers get the best of their time. It is estimated that it is home to 4000 Lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, and is spread across 15000 square kilometers of land.
It is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the places whee you will get to see leopard sitting on a branch of an acacia tree, a lion snoozing under a tree, and a cheetah chasing a gazelle at full speed. It is also one of the best places to witness the great migration of animals. Compared to other African Parks, insects here are minimum, so no biting during safaris.
Arusha National Park – It is home to largest number of Giraffes, plus a reserve for bird species. So shutterbugs you should take this one as a serious opportunity. It is located in Northern Tanzania, and is 25 kilometers east of Arusha. It is also popular for being home to Tanzania’s second tallest peak, Mount Meru. It is spread across 552 square kilometers.
Arusha National Park is also known as, the Diamond amid the shadow of the giants. It is also home to calm rivers, and lakes that are just on the foothills of Mount Meru. It is here you can spot the popular black and white colobus monkey. It is estimated that ARusha National park is home to more than 400 species of birds. Must see here is the Ngurdoto crater.