Africa is undoubtedly the best wilderness for large mammals on the planet and a real haven for a vast array of other wildlife. However, when it comes to looking for the perfect wildlife trip, what's on offer can be overwhelming!
Our guide to the top highlights for each country can help you identifying the character of each destination and make your choice a bit easier. Decisions, decisions...
- Okavango - One of the richest wetlands on the planet, the Okavango Delta is a wonder of nature, miraculously located in the centre of the inhospitable Kalahari Desert. This sophisticated system of intricate canals, waterways, lagoons and grasslands is home to some outstanding wildlife and can be explored by 4WD, canoe or even from a house boat!
- Chobe - Famous for its population of over 50,000 elephants, Chobe takes its name from the river where these remarkable animals congregate to drink, cool down and play!
- Moremi - This Park has retained a feeling of untouched wilderness that is rare to find in some of the neighbouring African countries. The concentration of wildlife and birdlife is extraordinary, with sightings of rare predators such as leopard and wild dogs being fairly common.
- Bwindi - A lush rainforest home to mountain gorillas, Bwindi is the ultimate destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Discovering the closest species related to humans by trekking through dense forest and thick jungle is a thrilling, life changing experience.
- Kibale - Listen to the chimpanzees moving through the trees and follow their tracks with your experienced rangers in the Kibale forest, which has the highest concentration of chimps on the planet.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park - Look out for tree-climbing lions, antelopes and herds of elephants and take an unforgettable cruise to discover the birdlife on Kazinga Channel.
- Andasibe - Watch the Brown lemurs jumping across the trees from your eco-lodge, listen to the loud call of the Indri lemurs in the wild and trek through primary forest in Mantadia.
- Ranomafana - Take nature walks in this biodiversity hotspot and get up close and personal with Red-bellied, Bamboo lemurs or Sifakas as well as colourful chameleons and frogs.
- Isalo - Walk through canyons, rivers and waterfalls to look out for troops of Ring-tailed lemurs!
- South Luangwa National Park - Discover this untouched gem on foot, with a walking safari. Learn how to track elephant, lion and giraffe with the help of a knowledgeable ranger.
- Victoria Falls - Take a sunset cruise and observe crocodiles and hippos with the majestic Victoria Falls as a backdrop.
- Serengeti - One of the most iconic National Parks in Africa, Serengeti means “endless plain” and features an impressive surface of almost 15,000sq. Arguably one of the most famous ecosystems in the world, its immense grasslands dotted with characteristic acacia trees extend as far as the eye can see, making it an ideal setting in which to observe some exceptional wildlife action, during or outside the migration.
- Ngorongoro Crater - The world’s largest, inactive caldera would be a highlight in itself and the added bonus is that its verdant highlands are populated by lions, hippopotamus and elephants, just to name a few!
- Tarangire - The prolific park is famous for its baobab trees and population of tree-climbing lions, wildebeest, zebra and waterbuck, just to name a few. The swamps are popular with bird lovers, having some of the highest concentrations of birdlife in the world.
- Kruger National Park - With one of the most developed infrastructures, Kruger is ideal for first timers seeking to see all the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard). Although wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, the abundant wildlife of Kruger never disappoints!
- Hermanus – In season (June-November) this delightful town is an ideal base to see the Humpback whales, which can even be observed from the shore.
- Boulders Beach - If a trip to Antarctica to see the penguins isn’t quite covered by your budget, do not despair. The sheltered bay of Boulders Beach is home to a large colony of African penguins, which have chosen a white sand beach, with granite formation and crystal clear water as their home.
- Etosha National Park - Along with desert, canyons, sand dunes and coastline, Namibia also features this incredible wildlife sanctuary. Waterholes and huge salt pans are the main landmarks in the park and form an excellent drop for its resident zebra, antelope, giraffe, rhino and of course, big cats!
- Walvis Bay - Take an exhilarating boat trip for the chance to spot dolphins, pelicans, flamingos, seals and even jackals!