Traveling the continent of Africa is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. While enjoying exceptional accommodations while there, travelers are often looking for destinations that will allow them to observe “the big five” African animals: the leopard, the lion, the buffalo, the rhino and the elephant. Keep reading to learn about some of the must see destinations in Eastern and Southern Africa while on safari.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve shares a border with the Kruger National Park in South Africa. There are no fences here, but there are over 160,000 acres of unspoiled African countryside. Sabi Sand Game Reserve does not allow day visitors, so a visit here requires travelers to stay in one of several lodges. Rather than being an inconvenience, this rule ensures that the reserve will never be overpopulated with tourists and that game sightings will remain frequent and unspoiled by overuse. Rangers are allowed to drive off road when following an animal; this in forbidden in the National Park, but adds a whole level of experience few others will ever know.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is located in the country of Zambia and includes the magnificent Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. Although the park only consists of 16,300 acres, travelers can expect to see various antelope species, elephants, zebras, giraffe, warthogs and many species of birds and smaller animals. This is one of the few areas where visitors are allowed to drive their own vehicles, but traveling with a guide is still suggested in order to have the best chance of seeing the animals in their natural environment. If you are feeling really adventurous, there are even elephant back tours available on occasion.
Matusadona National Park
This 338,000-acre park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba and boasts one of the only remaining populations of the endangered black rhino. In addition, travelers can expect to see elephants, leopards, hyenas, lions and cheetahs, as well as over 350 species of birds. While you are there, consider a stay at the Changa Safari Camp. This camp is a delightful mix of luxury and relaxation coupled with all the access to game drives twice daily.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is located along the Zambezi River and is designated as a World Heritage Site. This park is home to elephants, rhinos, hippopotamuses and even crocodiles. The park is named for the four pools (“mana” means four in the language of the Shona people), which are located a short distance inland from the Zambezi River. The largest pool, called Long Pool, is a popular spot for large numbers of elephants to come and drink. Ruckomechi Camp is situated on the bank of the Zambezi River. The camp houses guests in 10 in-suite tents and offers luxury amenities such as an infinity edged pool, and a secluded bath with a view that is a unique and romantic experience.
The Best of Eastern and Southern Africa
If you are considering planning a trip to Africa contact us for your safari booking needs. We will design the perfect itinerary for you that makes sure you do not miss these wonderful destinations along the way.
Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa