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Best Safari Destinations

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

A safari is a journey that involves going into nature to watch wild animals. You're most likely to spot elephants in forested areas. Zebras, giraffes and wild horses also roam free in some safari lands. You may also spot some big cats, such as cheetahs and lions. A few varieties of African antelopes, such as the impala and gazelle, also live on African plains.

It is home to many communities and cultures. But this diversity is also apparent in the wealth of wildlife around the country. A jungle safari is as close as you can go to see these wild animals in their natural habitat.

Here is a list of the best Safari destinations in the world.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is a South African National Park and one of the largest game reserves in Africa.

All of Africa's iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – thrive here. The Kruger National Park is home to over 12,000 elephants, 27,000 African Buffalo, 2,000 leopards and 2,800 lions. It's also regarded as the best place in the world to see a leopard. Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti is a vast ecosystem in east-central Africa. It spans 12,000 square miles.

This region of Africa is located in north Tanzania and extends to southwestern Kenya.

It is best known for its huge herds of plains animals wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras), and it is the only place in Africa where vast land-animal migrations still take place. The park, an international tourist attraction, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981.

Serengeti National Park houses the highest concentration of large mammals in the world, so you're bound to spot giraffes, elephants, hippos and, of course, lions. You'll also come across more than 500 species of birds, including ostriches and flamingos.

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

It is a large national game reserve in Narok, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honour of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who migrated to the area from the Nile Basin.

The Masai Mara features a stunning kaleidoscope of wild and rugged landscapes, warm and welcoming people and an exciting array of creatures – big and small. World famous for hosting the epic Great Migration, the Masai Mara welcomes 1,5 million wildebeests onto its sprawling savannahs each July through October.

Ranthambore National Park, India

Ranthambore National Park is located about 13.5 kilometres from the city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Located at the junction of the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, this is one of the finest places to view wild animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here.

Ranthambore is known for its large tiger population. It is one of the best places for the family holiday in India to explore the natural wonders and animal habitat. A visit here with the family is a must as one can enjoy the jungle safari, tiger safari & elephant safari here all in one place. Apart from Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, sloth bear, sambar deer, palm civet, striped hyena, spotted deer, and marsh crocodiles can be sighted here.

Kalahari Desert, Botswana

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres, covering much of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is truly a surreal experience. The Kalahari is home to desert specialties such as meerkat, bat-eared foxes, cape fox and brown hyena. One of the more unexpected Kalahari Desert facts is that all three African big cats can be found here –cheetah, leopard and the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park is Botswana's first national park, and also the most biologically diverse. Located in the north of the country, it is Botswana's third largest park, after Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Gemsbok National Park, and has one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa.

Chobe National Park offers adventures such as game drives, private river cruises, excellent birdwatching and exceptional photographic opportunities.

Yala Park, Sri Lanka

There is wealth of wildlife at Yala for visitors to enjoy, including sloth bears, crocodiles, wild peacocks, blue-tailed bee-eaters and monitor lizards. Look out for endemic bird species, including the Sri Lanka grey hornbill and black-capped bulbul.

Yala with all its flora and fauna is a unique experience and one of the must-sees of Sri Lanka.

This park is very special as it is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

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