As the impact of the global pandemic is being felt on the world over, especially in the tours and travel industry, holidays have almost become something of the past. However, there are still places you can go to with minimal people and experience something life-changing. One of them is safaris. Going on safari is on the bucket list for many people around the world. As the world opens up further from the pandemic, there is going to be a boom of travel as people make up for lost time and feeling closeted. Quite simply there are a huge number of great locations to take a safari vacation. There’s a variety of different terrain and different animals that can be seen in different locations. You can also experience a wide variety of different cultures along the way. It begs the question: “Where is the best location for a safari vacation?”
Answer: While many countries offer beautiful vacation, it’s hard to beat Kenya.
There are not many countries you can get to experience a wonder of the world in action. At the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, you get to experience the spectacle that is the migration of the wildebeest across the Mara River. Once a year, wildebeest migrate from the Kenyan plains of Maasai Mara to the Tanzania side, the Serengeti plains. To do this, they have to cross the crocodile-infested Mara, which is where the visual feast lies. When it is not migration season, you can have a game drive, spot some wild animals, visit the Maasai villages, enjoy a dinner in the bush, and so much more. Apart from the Maasai Mara, Kenya is home to other safari destinations, including the ol pejeta ranch. This is a conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, that works with local communities to conserve wild flora and fauna. Apart from great game drives, you get to interact with some of the animals at the conservancy. There is also the Nairobi National park. This is the only wildlife park inside a city in the world, and you can get to enjoy it. Only a stone throws away from the city; you can enjoy a game drive and spot some wild animals, including lions, zebras, and giraffes. There is also the Tsavo National Park, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, among many more. You can swim in infinity pools overlooking a wildlife water hole, where you can view them drinking water as you take a dive.
Kenya's neighbor to the south has made a name for itself as the ultimate bush to beach destination. This Swahili-speaking country has quite the safari experience to offer. From the wildlife teeming plains of the Serengeti to the coral reefs in Zanzibar, safari options are almost endless. Ruaha park is the biggest national reserve in the country. Even though it is a long safari awaiting to be undertaken, only a few lodges and luxury camps are located inside it, making it a hidden gem. As is common in east Africa, a safari will yield a few sightings of the famous lions, the antelopes, zebra, and a myriad of trees and other plants. When you are done with the bush, the beach calls courtesy of the world-famous Zanzibar. The tropical island is full of many palm trees, great white beaches and borders the blue waters of the Indian ocean. If you have had enough of the dusty bush and need a tan, Zanzibar is the best place to relax. Enjoy some local dishes and enjoy some water sports as well. Nyerere National Park is not as visited as the rest in Tanzania; even though the chances of spotting a wild animal here are higher than in other places, people do not visit it as much. The park also has a river, Rufiji, which is home to water wildlife, including crocodiles and hippos.
South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world, thanks to the parks, deserts, and reserves you can visit. Due to the sheer size of the country and the options, there are chartered flights to the parks and resorts. One of the capital cities, Cape Town, is a hub of safaris. You can visit the famous Drakensberg, or the Table Mountain, beaches, the vineyards, and even the beaches. A safari in a town sounds almost impossible, but cape town will show you how great it can be.The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest in South Africa, making it a staple in your South African visit. You are going to enjoy the drive around the park as you spot some of the Big 5, i.e., a lion, an elephant, a rhino, buffalo, and a leopard.
This is just a general overview of the best safari vacations, but these sites ought to offer a more indepth view on the same and can hopefully help you figure out what kind of safari would be perfect for you.
- Travel + Leisure - Owned by The Meredith Company, this is a site that scours the world of travel and destinations to find the most luxurious spots in the world to spend a vacation or a holiday. After creating a profile, you will be able to explore the world for travel options, restaurants, and A-Z of the travel industry. This article talks about a wonderful eco-safari taken in Zambia.
- Responsible Travel - This website provides information about travel all around the world and includes tips to ensure that you’re making responsible decisions for yourself and the world. This article focuses on choosing a safari and the many considerations involved.
- Smart Travel - This is a website that also offers information about travel as well as tips to make travel cheaper and easier. This article focuses on the different types of safaris to help educate readers on what they can expect.