Encounter rhinos, buffaloes, lions, leopards and the most diverse wildlife in these 10 amazing parks in Africa!
Africa comes second in the list of continents when comparing sizes and is home to the most diverse wildlife. These animals are protected by many outstanding game reserves and national parks across the continent. Some of these wild animals are part of the Big Five, including elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards and lions.
They live in environments that provide natural habitats so they can live and behave freely. When tourists visit these parks, they observe wildlife through game drives, walking safaris and hot air balloon rides.
This article contains 10 of the best parks that tourists can visit in Africa to see the most diverse wildlife in their natural habitats.
ten Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, East Africa has 3 unique volcanic craters, African bushes and dense forest covering approximately 8,300 square kilometers of land in Savannah. Hence, it has great natural habitats for various types of wild animals. Some of the animals that travelers see include black rhino, wild dogs, and leopards. There are also lions, cheetahs, leopards and many species of birds. Although some of these animals are carnivorous and therefore deadly to humans, there are areas where tourists can enjoy walking safaris.
9 Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger visitors that tourists don’t normally see. #SALockdown This pride of lions usually resides in Kempiana Contract Park, an area that Kruger tourists do not see. This afternoon they were lying on the tarmac road just outside Orpen rest camp.
📸Ranger Section Richard Sowry pic.twitter.com/jFUBAWvmsA
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 15, 2020
Kruger National Park is one of the best game reserves in South Africa. It is not only the largest occupying around 2 million hectares, but also the oldest national park in the country. It is a beautiful land of dense forests, fertile river systems, vast grasslands as well as unique archaeological sites. Tourists visiting it can observe incredible wildlife, which includes animals such as zebras and African wild dogs. It is also home to cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, as well as hundreds of bird species. When travelers see these animals, they are allowed to arrange game drives as well as self-catering accommodation, which makes the experience quite affordable.
8 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is considered very valuable to Tanzania. As one of the best in Africa, it features golden savannah and acacia-spotted plains that allow wildlife to survive. It is quite unique due to the Great Migration, which involves the migration of millions of wildebeest. This event takes place between December and July. During this movement, tourists may also see Thomson’s zebras and gazelles, as they move between the park and Maasai Mara. As this annual movement is inexplicable, it is honored in Africa. Other animals to see include the Big Five and various classes of birds such as Fischer’s Lovebird.
7 Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Amboseli National Park in Kenya is also a great place with great wildlife. It is famous for its spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa. Tourists visiting this park can see large herds of elephants, from infants to older ones around 60 years old, as they bathe in the red dust. Other animals to see include many big cats such as lions and cheetahs. Travelers may also see impalas, gazelles, and waterbucks. The park offers more than diverse wildlife as tourists also have the opportunity to capture iconic photographs.
6 Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park is a game reserve which began in 1907 in the northwest of Namibia. It was created to help repopulate the area after large game such as elephants and lions were hunted by poachers, threatening their existence. It has other endangered animals like the black rhinoceros. The park is perfect for these animals due to its diversity of landscapes which include grasslands and savannahs. It also contains a dry lake bed and dolomite hills which are home to many zebras.
5 Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park is a fairly underrated wildlife park in Africa. It is the largest national park in Zimbabwe with a high diversity of mammals comprising around 108 species. Some of the animals that visitors see include a large population of elephants, which numbers around 46,000. It also has lions, leopards and hyenas. One can also see enchanting painted dogs.
4 Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
“A magnificent wildlife refuge”
Deep in the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by lush, wooded grasslands, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the great ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/Is6pjJCq93
— Lake Nakuru National Park (@KWSLakeNakuru) July 24, 2021
Established around 55 years ago, Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is considered the best place for bird lovers as it has one of the favorite foods of flamingos, which attracts them every year. Experts believe that these birds fly into this park by the millions for this sole purpose. The park has other types of animals beyond these beautiful birds, such as baboons, cheetahs, and giraffes. Others include warthogs and white rhinos. Recently, the park was expanded to accommodate the black rhino, which is not only rare but also endangered. Lake Nakuru is also home to some unique birds such as the Pied Kingfisher. Lucky tourists also saw the Goliath Heron as well as the African Fish Eagle.
3 Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
The Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia is the largest national park not only in Africa but also in the world. It includes some aspects such as the Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountains. It is also known for the Sossusvlei salt pan and clay. The park also has an incredible view thanks to the unique orange dunes. The region is considered too dry, but this does not prevent various creatures from surviving. These animals include geckos and hyenas, as well as jackals, insects and snakes. The park is quite close to the Atlantic coast. As a result, fog settles in the area to hydrate the environment for the native animals.
2 Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
In the entire Okavango Delta in Botswana, the only protected area is the Moremi Game Reserve. It is also considered to be the richest and most varied ecosystem compared to all the others in Africa. It has vast floodplains which support wildlife. Some of the animals to see include the Big Five, African wild dogs, hippos, kudus, giraffes, leopards and many birds. The park allows for great wildlife survival through its dense mopane forests, grasslands, lagoons and pools. It’s perfect for self-guided game drives, although it’s best to have local guides for better viewing.
1 Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park, South Africa
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa covers 3.6 million hectares of land. It is a combination of Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Gemsbok National Park. The wildlife that travelers see includes black-maned lions and cheetahs as well as hyenas and oryx.
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