Africa is one of the most popular safari destinations for wildlife lovers to visit. The great abundance of animals and excellent accommodation combined with superb accommodation sees visitors worldwide flock to Africa yearly.
With so many excellent options available it’s tough to know where to start. Here are the three most popular destinations for a luxury African safari as recommended by the travel experts at African Safari Home, who have over 20 years planning experience.
Serengeti in Tanzania
The Serengeti in Tanzania is world-renowned for the largest animal migration on the planet. Each year over 2 million animals move in a circular motion looking for new grazing pastures. As they follow the rains these large herds of plains game are hunted by the many predators in the Serengeti, making for a spectacular display of nature in its most authentic form.
The best time to view the migration in one place is from January to March when the wildebeest give birth to over 400,000 calves. The calves need to gain size and strength before they can join the migration and this period lasts for 8-12 weeks in the southern Serengeti. For adventure seekers you can choose luxury tented accommodation which follows the path of the migration and is the preferred option to get away from the crowds of people who come each year to view the migration.
Luxury accommodation in the Serengeti ranges from $300 to $2,000 per person per night, depending on the level of opulence required and the time of the year.
Kruger Park in South Africa
Kruger Park in northern South Africa has over 140 species of large mammals, the most of any reserve in Africa. It is also the best place to the see the “big 5” in the wild. The big 5 were originally named as such as they were the most difficult animals to track and hunt. They are the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
Kruger Park offers an abundance of accommodation from self catering and camping to exquisite 5-star luxury camps and lodges. Luxury accommodation in the Kruger Park starts at around $250 per person sharing and can go up to in excess of $2,500 at the most prestigious camps like Royal Malewane in peak season.
Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta region in Botswana is the premier destination for luxury safari enthusiasts. This unique delta is teeming with animal and bird life and the best camps are only accessible by light aircraft. The Delta waterways and channels attract large numbers of game daily and offer exceptional safari experiences.
A mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and allows you to navigate the waterways with a guide and get up close to large animals like hippo and elephants that frequent the area. The photographic opportunities for birdlife on a mokoro safari are truly amazing with the mokoro moving in and out of the many reeds and bird habitats effortlessly.
For more information and destinations see this article on luxury African safaris or contact a travel expert at AfricanSafariHome.com. In addition to the safaris mentioned above there is info on hot-air ballooning, luxury train, walking and night-drive safaris.