Anastasia Dodo

15 Feb 2021

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Safari is not just a way to diversify your vacation, it is an ideal activity for those who love animals and who, as a child, read books about wild and unexplored Africa. Think about it: you are driving a jeep with binoculars in your hands, and the heroes of the cartoon “The Lion King” sweep by: the entire African “Big Five”. For your information, it includes an elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, but in addition to them, it is easy to see other African animals in the parks: giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, and hippos and crocodiles swim in the water and flamingos wander thoughtfully.

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What do you need for a successful photo hunt?

Prepare for the safari correctly: put on non-marking clothing that covers the whole body – there will be a lot of dust and sun. Charge the camera and attach a good zoom lens to it. Take your binoculars and put on a hat. You are adorable and ready to hunt for outlandish beasts. They will be long: about 6-12 hours in a shaking jeep, so be sure to take water with you.

When to go on a safari?

Depends on the country you selected. If you are traveling to Tanzania or Kenya, it is better to be in time before the rainy season, which will flood these regions in April-June. All other months are ideal for travel. In South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, the tourist season is June-October, when it is not too hot: from 20 to 30 ° C.

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Where and in which parks to look for animals?

In Tanzania

The national parks of this country are real tourist gems. In the continental part of the country, it is easy to find safaris for every wallet: budget day trips with a boat trip from Zanzibar, and full-fledged expeditions for several days with stops in lodges – equipped bungalows in the middle of the savannah. Our top 3 places to watch are Selous, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Selous is one of the largest national parks in the world with unique biodiversity: you will be accompanied by the peculiar singing of 400 species of birds and many giraffes and elephants. People come to the Serengeti to watch the great migration of antelopes – its peak falls in September, and the number of cloven-hoofed animals running along the savanna is fascinating. Ngorongoro is a special park, because it was formed in the caldera – the crater of a volcano that exploded about 2 billion years ago. Many wild cats live here: from lions to cute, seemingly domesticated, but dangerous servals. Look for flamingos and black rhinos in Ngorongoro – this park has the best.

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In Kenya

The most top place in Kenya is the national park, or rather, the Masai Mara reserve. It is here that antelopes from the Serengeti strive, but in addition to them, in these parts there are all representatives of the “big five”. They say that meeting with leopards is most likely here, and they are very shy big cats. Another pride of these places is a large population of lions that come very close to cars – therefore, we strongly advise against leaving them.

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In Botswana

Chobe National Park is a unique combination of three natural areas: river banks, swamps and plains. Water safaris in this park will help you spot hippos and crocodiles, and on the plains you will encounter the largest population of elephants in Africa. The park is also pleasant because there are fewer tourists here than in Tanzania or Kenya, so you will feel closer to nature.

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In Namibia

The most visited park in Namibia is Etosha, where four representatives of the “big five” gather around the salt marsh. You will not see buffaloes in these parts, but wildebeest, gazelles and kudu are easy. They can be accompanied by another endemic of Africa: the black rhinoceros, which is on the verge of extinction, and there is less and less chance of meeting it.

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In South Africa

This is not the most “safari” destination – people in South Africa often go to explore modern Cape Town and visit a unique point in Africa – the Cape of Good Hope. South of it – only Cape Agulhas, but here there is already an opportunity to see the confluence of two oceans: the Atlantic and Indian. Nevertheless, you should not give up on a safari in South Africa, since everything is very affordable here. Go to the Kroger National Park, and may good luck accompany you – all the endemics of Africa live in it, you just need to be in the right place at the right time.

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But enough theory: it’s time go on an African safari tour!

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