The second part of our safari exploration to find the best parks in Africa follows on from the excellent overview in part one where we went to the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. These great wildlife parks demonstrated the vast variety that the African safari parks offer. In this blog we go the Kenya, South Africa and Botswana.
Amboseli National Park
The imposing Mount Kilimanjaro overlooks the Amboseli National Park and its snowcapped lofty peaks stand guard on the vast landscape below. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and it is fitting that such a large geographical feature should preside where earth’s largest animal the elephant roams freely.
After the Maasai Mara this is Kenya’s second most popular park and its vastness is at home to diverse habitats including: savannah, swamps, woodlands and dried up lakes. These habitats have their own unique ecosystems that are as diverse as the habitats themselves.
Therefore, you can see a most varied array of flora and fauna in the Amboseli which includes, lions and cheetahs, impalas, gazelle and of course elephants. There is also over six hundred different types of bird which is a delight to many a keen twitcher.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park has been playing host to safaris for decades in fact hundreds of years. It is the oldest park in South Africa and is massive, covering nearly two million hectares. Most people that visit Kruger opt for a self-drive safari.
The ubiquitous big five roam freely around as wild as hippos, wild dogs, zebras, giraffes and over five hundred different species of birds. Because the Kruger National Park has been playing host to many visitors over the years the choices of accommodation in the park are excellent.
Chobe National Park
If you are really keen on elephants, then you must visit the Chobe National Park in Botswana as it is home to the largest concentration of the magnificent beasts in the world. It is also one of Africa’s most beautiful safari adventures as the superb Chobe River winds its way in the north of the park attracting many birds and aquatic loving creatures.
If you want to get up close to predators, head to the Savuti Marsh area where there have been sightings of the rare red lechwe. Should you fancy staying somewhere different, why not opt for a houseboat on the Chobe River where you can watch the wildlife coming down for their daily bathe.
Moremi Game Reserve
This game reserve is protected by the Botswana government due to it being the home to the wonderful Okavango Delta which is one of Africa’s most widespread ecosystems. The Okavango delta has a huge floodplain which feeds the parched northwest of the reserve.
The Moremi is quite different to all the other parks in our blog, as it was established due to the concerns by the local community as they could see the dwindling numbers of the indigenous wildlife. Now the reserve is back to normal with many species of animals and birds back in numbers and living as they always did, free and without being hunted.