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Top 5 African safari destinations

We highlight five awesome African safari destinations: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda/Uganda and Tanzania. Each has their own special blend of animal magic.

Elephants - Serengeti National Park safari - Tanzania, Africa
Elephants - Serengeti National Park safari - Tanzania, Africa (c) David Berkowitz

Watching a parade of elephants on a mission to find a watering hole within a seemingly infinite landscape or a caravan of giraffes gathered around an acacia tree nibbling on the highest and freshest twigs and leaves is awesome.

It is these types of images that draw first-timers to safari holidays. What can be more exciting than getting up close to the “big five” beasts – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Not all safari destinations are home to all the big five. For instance, there are no rhinos in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, but no matter because the walking safaris there are said to be the best on the African continent.

Here is our round-up of safari holidays to help you choose the experience you want.


1. Botswana

Hippo in the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana (c) Michael Jansen

The Okavango River, which runs through the Kalahari, splits the land into islands and waterways producing the lush growth that animals love, even in the dry season. The neighbouring Chobe National Park heaves with the same variety of wildlife. You won’t have to be eagle-eyed to spot herds of elephants and buffalo as well as wild dogs and even some lesser-seen wetland birds such as Pel’s fishing owl.