An African Safari

There is nothing like an African adventure. When you’re out on safari the world around you is only looking for one thing – game! Everyone goes silent and has their eyes open, hoping to spot one of the Big 5 (buffalo, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and elephants) or anything else hiding amongst the African flora.

Image by Sarah Reid
No matter what drive you go on you will see some sort of creature, but because you are in the wild you never know what you will get given. Some have entered the Maasai Mara National Reserve and maybe seen only the antelope and birds; we entered and saw six lion cubs feasting on a baby buffalo with their mothers lying around them. Some have entered the Lake Nakuru National Park and seen a rhino up close; we entered and got chased by a baboon. Some have entered Kruger National Park and spot everything possible in one day; we entered Kruger and didn’t see much at all.

Going to Africa on Safari will always be a highlight of the trip – no matter if you see everything, or barely anything. It is the thrill of seeing some of the most gorgeous creatures in the world in their natural habitat.

Here are a few of the parks we recommend when traveling around East Africa.

Image by Caitlyn Black
Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
A day’s drive from the capital, Nairobi, it is named after the Maasai people in the area. It is most famous for its large population of lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
A park created around Lake Nakuru – an absolutely gorgeous lake. It is most famous for its large population of flamingos nesting along the shores.

Serengeti National Park, Kenya/Tanzania
Located in the northern part of Tazania and bordered by Kenya. This is the park famous for The Great Migration of wildebeests every year (late June to October).

Image by Sarah Reid
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
A UNESCO World Heritage site the main feature is the Ngorongoro Crater. It is seen as a “natural enclosure” as most the animals living here don’t ever leave. It includes most of the animals you could ever imagine.

Kruger National Park, South Africa
A day’s drive from Johannesburg, Kruger is one of the most famous in the world. Although trucks need to now stay on the sealed roads, there is a huge abundance of animals in this park.

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