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Top 10 ‘Most Visited’ And ‘Must-Visit’ National Parks Across Africa!!

Tourists coming in to Africa for safari always have high esteem of bird watching, ‘big game’ and the appeal of lusting about in thick wilderness interacting with locals.

To the extent they will experience nature’s wild magnificence, it must be said that all individuals from the ‘big five’ diversion must be found in a modest bunch of the mainland’s parks and saves. Obviously that any semblance of wild canine and cheetah need what’s coming to them of acknowledgment, a safari encounter shouldn’t ask for vitality, energy, puzzle, fondness and animosity from these creatures, regardless.

 

Thinking of where to nurture your craving for surreal adventure, let’s tip you the wink about must-visit national parks across Africa.

Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Ulusaba Private Lodge is a must visit private lodge at the Kruger National Park, SA. Image Credit:

Ulusaba Private Lodge is a must visit private lodge at the Kruger National Park, SA. Image Credit: Roderick Eime

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s busiest game reserve. While not short of interconnected tarmac roads, campers would rather trek the same path with life forms on foot than take a drive. Most part of the country is Malaria free and the game reserves connecting Kruger have varieties of accommodation to choose from. Avoiding the Kruger crowd is inevitable due to its closeness to Johannesburg, but you are guaranteed of viewing lots of big game and smaller creatures covered under a wide area of zoned wilderness.

Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)

Wildebeests crossing the river on the'Great Migration' in the Serengeti National Park. Image Credit:

Wildebeests crossing the river on the’Great Migration’ in the Serengeti National Park. Image Credit: Ray Morris

The Park runs through an extended area of treeless grassland plains called ‘Serengit’ in Masai. Following the rains, migratory wildebeests and other hoofed animals on a yearly journey of over 1,200 miles – the largest in the world – pass through the park’s swampy savannah, on to the open woodland in search of green pastures in the Serengeti plains.  The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa, west of the adjoining Ngorongoro National Park, where you will find over 30,000 large mammals. Certainly the most famous of all Safari parks in Africa, with a healthy mix of other resident wildlife and birdlife, aside the big five

The Mara (Kenya)

The main, buffet-style dining room. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Mara, Kenya. Image Credit:

The main, buffet-style dining room. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Mara, Kenya. Image Credit: John Hickey-Fry

The Masai Mara is Africa’s busiest national park. An extension of the Serengeti in the Mara region of Tanzania sure for big five viewing within a short time lapse. Between August and October, wildebeests, Thompson gazelles and zebras take part in the Great Migration which passes through the area to and from the Serengeti plains. Its endless plains packed with distinctive acacia trees are jaw-droppingly studded with diversified wildlife and many migrant birds.

 Okavango Delta (Botswana)

 

Photo of the lilly-scattered flood plains of the Okavango Delta, taken from a Mokoro. Image Credit:

Photo of the lilly-scattered flood plains of the Okavango Delta, taken from a Mokoro. Image Credit:  Martijn.Munneke

The Okavango Delta is not your everyday, pocket friendly safari, but you’ll have a run for your money out in its exquisite private reserves.  Safari camps in the delta are grouped as wet, dry or mixed. Bio diverse life forms roam its flood plains covered with lilies; salt pan (the Makgadikgadi Pan) and islands. Animals from the Kalahari Desert start to converge in the delta from the month of May, when the plain begins to swell with water from the Angola highlands. Between June and August, the delta has the largest concentration of wildlife, as nearby luxurious camps offer personal and intimate fun. You will be taken aback by the contrasting wet and dry corners of the Moremi Game Reserve, which can be explored on foot, by mokoro – a dug-out canoe – and on 4X4’s.

Etosha National Park (Namibia)

Himba people are indigenous people of Southern Namibia. Image Credit:

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Himba people are indigenous people of Southern Namibia. Image Credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink

You may not remember every safari kit but not your camera gears when packing for the vintage Etosha NP. Here you meet the Himba tribe, renowned for adapting to harsh dessert climate of the semi-arid region by bathing in smoke and caking their skin with otjize paste – a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment – which also protects against mosquito bites. It’s difficult to rate Etosha NP amongst the best game campsites in the continent, but, with its unique extensive salt pan, remains your best chance of spotting the desert elephant and desert rhino the world over.

South Luangwa (Zambia)

Mfuwe International Airport. Image Credit:

Mfuwe International Airport. Image Credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink

The popular wildlife conservation is widely regarded as the home of the walking safari with ample protected game spread over its woodland savannah. Its main settlement of Mfuwe hosts an international airport and luxury lodges. The Luangwa River houses two other National Parks – together with Luangwa south, they attract the highest number of wildlife during the drier seasons.

Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)

 

The Queen Elizabeth conservation area is one of the must-visit national parks across Africa. Image Credit:

The Kazinga Channel at Queen Elizabeth conservation area – one of the must-visit national parks across Africa. Image Credit: Xin Li

Uganda, definitely not a big game destination, always offers value for money away from the crowd. The mountain gorilla and chimpanzees provide an authentic outdoor experience. The tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, the volcanic cones, crater lakes and steeply terraced hillsides are amongst its notable features. The park hasn’t been spared of poachers’ destructive activities in recent times following confirmation that six elephants were killed in September 2015.

Mana Pools National Park (Zimbabwe)

Impalas at Ruckomechi Safari Camp, Mana Pool, Zimbabwe. Image Credit:

Impalas at Ruckomechi Safari Camp, Mana Pool, Zimbabwe. Image Credit: dmitri_66

The share deposition of water from the Zambezi River makes this area one of Africa’s finest large game-viewing spots, post-rainy seasons. During the dry seasons, its rich population of elephant and buffalo could be visible along the receding river’s edges as predators such as lion, wild dog and leopard tailgate. The Hwange’s elephant and lion of this park provide more excitement than in any of the earlier mentioned safaris. It’s also a brilliant location for bird watching; the Eastern Nicator, the Red-necked Falcons and Black-throated Wattle-Eye are but a few residents.

Simien Mountains National Park (Ethiopia)

The endangered Walia Ibex at the Simien Mountain National Park. Image Credit:

The endangered Walia Ibex at the Simien Mountain National Park. Image Credit: John Carthy

The Siemen NP is an area of astonishing natural beauty and home to characteristic native species, including gelada monkey and the endangered Walia ibex. The fairytale castles of the ancient town of Gonder could still be found in the foothills, southwest of the Siemen Mountains including Fasilida’s Castle.

Gashaka-Gumti National Park (Nigeria)

 

Heritage Sites in Nigeria Where You Might Rediscover Your Clan: A Chimpanzee at the Gashaka Gumpti National Park. Image Credit:

Must-Visit National Parks Across Africa: A Chimpanzee at the Gashaka Gumpti National Park. Image Credit: Christina Marsh

Gashaka-Gumti is the largest national park in Nigeria. The diverse topography and vegetation, which includes a montane forest, creates a vast array of habitat for animals, including African buffalo, yellow-backed duiker, African elephant and West African wild dog. It’s a perfect location for bird viewing, said to be one of Africa’s “Important Bird Areas.”

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