African safaris are an exhilarating experience for first-timers who want to traverse through the rugged jungle landscape of Africa. It is like venturing into unchartered territory and enjoying the spectacle of exotic flora and fauna in the wilderness. The sheer grandeur of best African safari is bound to cast a magical spell on the first-timers and astound them jungle delights as you come across iconic animals like elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, buffalos, and many more.
Listed below are some of the best African safaris for first-timers
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park in South Africa is of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 km2 in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. All the big animals are found at Kruger National Park which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve. There are webcams set up to observe the wildlife. Out of the 517 species of birds found at Kruger, 253 are residents, 117 non-breeding migrants, and 147 nomads. Some of the larger birds require large territories or are sensitive to habitat degradation.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia is a world-renowned wildlife reserve. Concentrations of gaming birds and large animals along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa. The river is full of hippos and crocodiles and provides a lifeline for one of the greatest diversities of habitat and wildlife, supporting more than 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. It is one of the best national parks in Africa for walking safaris and supports large populations of giraffes, elephants, and cape buffalos.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia is spread over an area of 8600 square miles and is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros. All lodging and camping accommodation inside the park is managed by Namibia Wildlife Resorts. There are five sites inside the park with lodges and four with facilities for camping. All sites have game-proof fences.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park spread over an area of 5700 square miles. The park is covered with riverine forest, savanna, woodlands, and grasslands plains. Human habitation is forbidden in the park except for staff for the Tanzania National Parks Authority, researchers, and staff of the various lodges, campsites, and hotels. The park is worldwide known for its abundance of wildlife and high biodiversity. The park constitutes the largest population of big mammals that still roam the planet.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya. Spread over an area of 580 square miles, it is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and other antelope. The terrain of the Masai Mara reserve is primarily open grassland with seasonal rivulets. All members of the Big Five family lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros are found here.