Africa is a continent with diverse and rich resources, and to explore such a vast region, a traveler can undertake either a relaxing campfire vacation or an adventure wildlife tour. Safari vacations are not just restricted to game reserves; in fact, they offer a complete package where one can relax in the slower and quieter environment of the wilderness, far from the hectic world of the city life. Although game viewing is the core of safari vacations, you may also indulge in diverse activities such as ballooning, birding, canoeing or interacting with the local peoples. Many safari lodges also offer guided nature walks that provide interesting information about indigenous plant species found in Africa. Safari lodges, which are also known as ‘bush hotels’, offer a quintessential African experience, and most travelers would love to stay in such a lodge during their African vacation. Most of these safari lodges offer amenities at par with urban hotels, and include all meals and activities.
While on an African safari vacation, one should be updated about the weather conditions of the region. Generally, national parks are best visited in dry seasons when the roads are easier to negotiate and the wildlife tends to congregate at waterholes. However, some parks, like Serengeti and Kalahari, are at their best during the rainy months, when migrating herds trail over grasslands that are completely waterless in the dry season. Some of the popular safari vacation packages are Kilimanjaro Climbs, Rail Tours of Africa, Family Safaris, Walking Safaris, Escorted Holidays, Flora & Garden Holidays, Spa Destinations, Golf Safaris, Fly-In & Transfer and Adventure Safaris. A traveler might choose any of the above-mentioned safaris; however, in order to spot wildlife during your tour, it is advisable to book a safari that includes a ranger and tracker in the deal.
African wilderness safaris are not only fun and educational, but also make your African vacation a memorable one. African lion safaris are ultimate adventure passports, wherein one can spot the majestic animals either during an elephant ride or from an open safari vehicle. Lion safaris also offer explorers the chance to catch a glimpse of elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes and many species of antelope, as well as a wide range of bird life. However, while planning an African lion safari, one must employ a qualified game ranger to make the tour completely safe. African lion safaris are take place in the natural habitat of lions and are found in areas like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Some of the famous African lion safaris are in Kruger National Park, Pilanesburg National Park and Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa; Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Linyanti Game Reserve in Botswana; Etosha National Park in Namibia; Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania; and Aberdare National Park, Samburu National Reserve and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Kruger National Park is one of the most famous national parks on the continent, and offers excellent game-viewing opportunities. The park was established in 1889 to protect South Africa’s wildlife, and now contains more species of wildlife than any other game reserve in Africa. Pilanesburg National Park is the fourth-largest national park in southern Africa and, being a malaria-free park, is ideal for game viewing. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, on the other hand, is a semi-desert park between Namibia and Botswana, which also showcases a wide variety of animals. Chobe National Park in Botswana is the third largest game park in the country and is famous for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Botswana also has the Linyanti Game Reserve, which is known for its large prides of lions and huge herds of elephants. Tanzania has some of the largest and most underdeveloped game reserves in Africa, with its Lake Manyara National Park (famous for its tree-climbing lions) and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its magnificent black-maned lions. The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Kenya’s finest wildlife parks and supports a year-round population of lions, while lions can also be spotted in Aberdare National Park amidst spectacular scenery.