There is no doubt that Africa has the most spectacular wildlife on the planet, it is the sort of place that humbles the mere mortal in about everything that the continent stands for. In reality, it is Africa’s size that daunts the visitor; once out of the not-so-big cities, you can travel for miles in wilderness.
The big game reserves and safari parks are awesome, with landscapes few humans can comprehend. Add to this the diversity of stunning wildlife, making it all one of mother nature’s most stunning outdoor theaters. Witness the jaw dropping Great Migration on the beautiful plains of the Serengeti or the Maasai Mara. Or see the majestic elephants grazing in the shadows of the awesome Mount Kilimanjaro, it is all rather spectacular.
Many of the reserves in Africa protect the legendary Big Five which of course is the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and the rhino. There are great ways to discover the big safaris parks such as by hot-air balloon rides, walking safaris, game drives in the bush and taking to the water in a canoe. This blog discovers the best safari parks to visit in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and South Africa.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Kenya is home to the magnificent Maasai Mara National Reserve and is famous for the Great Migration that occurs from July to October. It is truly an awe-inspiring moment and one for everybody’s bucket list. Thousands of gazelles, wildebeests and zebras migrate across the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti plains.
The Maasai Mara is also home to the Big Five as well as many predatory animals such as cheetahs and leopards that roam freely about. Close by, in the Mara River, you can also witness crocodiles and hippos going about their daily routines.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the other marvelous location to catch the Great Migration. The Serengeti has to be one of the most beautiful places in Africa, the seemingly endless plains are dotted with golden colored savanna, and the whole place is alive with wildlife.
The Serengeti is now a World Heritage listed safari park and it is quite understandable why. This is the oldest park in Tanzania and one of the oldest in Africa, the beauty of the landscape with the wonderful acacia’s offers the greatest backdrop ever for your photographs.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Staying in wonderful Tanzania we visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which until fairly recently was a part of the Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro is a rather special place as it is home to three giant volcanic craters as well as the world-famous Olduvai Gorge.
This exclusive part of Tanzania is one of the very few places in the world where people live side by side with wild animals. The Maasai has been grazing their cattle here for hundreds of years, whilst zebra and other wildlife coexist quite happily alongside.
These great national parks are among the finest that exist in Africa, the animals that live here are fortunate as these parks provide protection and let them live in peace and in a natural habitat. In part two we continue our search for the best safari parks in Africa and travel to Kenya and South Africa.