Visiting Africa and not experiencing the wildlife through safari tours and game reserves is unheard of. It is like going to South America and not going to a single rain forest. In a continent so vastly abundant with nature, deciding where to go can get a little overwhelming. Imagine walking in the wild with no means to escape faster if the lions are having a bad day and attempt to take it out on you. Yikes!

Here, we have made a list of the best wildlife parks in Africa to help you decide on which one you should visit.

  1. Kruger National Park – Kruger

Kruger is nearly as big as Israel or Wales. It is easily accessible, has about 1500 lions, and is pocket friendly. It is one of the most popular parks in all of South Africa and is known particularly for its good infrastructure.

  1. Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – Kruger

Sabi Sands is Kruger’s neighbour and so sometimes the animals don’t realise the difference between the two and roam freely in the other’s territory. That’s the beauty of animals, they don’t live within walls and constraints. Sabi offers a more intimate interaction with the wildlife as it is not too populated. It is known for its diversity and leopard game.

  1. Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

Serengeti is the most serene of the lot. Not only will you encounter way less tourists, but even the animals have their own different habitats here. Serengeti’s pristine landscape is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  1. Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks – Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is not as renowned for its safari offerings, however, experienced game reserve goers recognise its true potential. Think authentic stays and guides who are more friendly than hospitable. Hwange is Africa’s biggest reserve and houses 30,000 elephants, foxes, wild dogs, antelopes, and rhinos. It is also great for bird watching, sunset boat cruises, and canoe safaris.

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park – Uganda

Kidepo is known to be the most beautiful park in all of Africa due to its breathtaking scenery and it is home to at least 86 mammal species, a gem of a combination. The plains of Kidepo and Narus Valleys are accompanied by the mountainscape of Mount Morungole.

  1. Samburu National Reserve – Kenya

The Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. Samburu is a better version of the well known Masai Mara. The hospitality of the Samburu people and their cultural dynamic, along with the combination of rare wildlife offerings (Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the gerenuk antelope) makes it an experience like no other.

Africa is a heaven for wildlife seekers and lovers. Although the fundamental concept is the same, every safari and game reserve has its unique approach. No matter which safari you decide to choose, we are certain that you will have a gala time living on the wilder side of life.