Africa is an awesome destination if you are searching for raw wildlife feeling. The Kruger Park covers almost two million hectares of protected bush, and is home to almost 150 species of mammals, nearly 120 different reptiles and over 500 bird species. It’s wild, wonderful, and easily accessible from Johannesburg.
Spend a couple of days exploring Kruger’s vast array of habitats and wonderful wildlife, before setting off into Zimbabwe, where you can marvel at the intricate, ancient, Zimbabwe Ruins and the scenic Matobo National Park, with its impressive boulders. At Hwange National Park, you’re sure to see elephant by the dozen and, if you’re lucky, the rest of the Big Five. Then it’s off to the magnificent, thundering Vic Falls with all of its beauty, and pretty much any adventure activity your heart could desire!
The ‘daddy’ of private game reserves in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, the 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is, with good reason, the number one safari destination in South Africa. The game and wildlife watching is spectacular and is known to offer sights around every turn, with incredible close encounters possible with an array of animals, particularly the safari ‘Big 5’. It’s also one of the best locations in the world to catch a sight of the normally-elusive leopard, which are so relaxed you often sight these stunning animals mere metres from your vehicle!
Sabi Sands boasts arguably the best luxury accommodation in southern Africa; it is the destination of choice for those that demand the very best service, guiding and culinary standards alongside the very best of the African bush. Here you’ll be able to luxuriate, enjoying every mod-con as the sun sets over the reserve. Read more about african safari vacation.
Kenya Wildlife Safari, Intrepid Travel
If you’re keen to uncover authentic Kenya in all its glory, opt for this utterly individual and participatory Intrepid Travel tour. Travelers will be expected to pitch in and help with camp set-up and food prep from time to time, which helps keeps costs down, create a truly immersive experience and of course, facilitates all that group bonding. Starting and ending in the eclectic city of Nairobi, this 8 day African extravaganza is perfect for travelers in search of a safari that allows them to connect with both locals and other like-minded travelers. It includes; the opportunity to meet and learn about the fascinating way of life from Maasai warriors, a trip to the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve for an epic full-day game drive, a rhino-spotting trip in the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park and the opportunity to check out Hell’s Gate National Park, which boasts breathtaking cliffs, towering gorges, spectacular rock towers, volcanoes and the lush Lake Naivasha.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwest Uganda on the edge of the legendary Rift Valley. This dense rainforest is home to nearly half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas – a critically endangered subspecies with just over 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild. Here, you can track the park’s habituated gorilla groups on foot, allowing you to come face-to-face with these fascinating great apes. Gorilla trekking permits are compulsory and must be booked well in advance. The forest is also home to chimpanzees, baboons and other mammals including elephant and antelope. Its birdlife is similarly diverse, with more than 20 endemic species.
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