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Top 5 Safari Destinations in the World

Safari Destinations
Written by Jane Sophia

Of all the vacation types, wildlife safari based holidays are the most preferred type of vacation among travelers who take their family to wherever they go. Forest animal sightings and mountain birds spotting are two of the most searched keywords on the web among travelers; hence, the blog post is about Safari Destinations.

Africa, especially Kenya and Tanzania comes to anyone’s mind when it comes to wildlife safari tours. Yes, I must admit Africa has more number of places to go on a safari than any other nation in the world. However, there are other places for wildlife enthusiasts and that include Central America, South America, Dubai, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

Wildlife holidays become successful if the tour itineraries include several adventure activities and deviate a bit to foray into unexplored areas of forests, beautiful landscapes, great vistas of wilderness and mountains that are close to your safari destinations.

Wildlife safari destinations are rated by the wildlife photographers and documentary makers that work for superb television channels such as National Geographic, Discover Channel, and Animal Planet.

In addition, wildlife safari tour providers lend their hand in rating the safari-friendly nations.

Considering such metrics, here are top 5 safari destinations in the world.

Best Big Safari Destinations: Kenya Wildlife Safari

To explore the animals and the birds of safari destination Kenya, you require a minimum of 8 days. When you embark on a wildlife safari in any African country such as Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, you must allocate at least one day to interact with the native Africans, learn their survival methods, their food, dance, dress, and beliefs.

In and around Kenya, Maasai warriors live. It would be an enchanting experience to spend a few hours with them. Other ethnic groups living nearby are Kikuyu and Samburu people who are a sub-sect of Maasai. The Kikuyu Africans form the majority of the native Africans in the Kenyan region. If you have ever watched some of the infotainment channels or watch animal planet regularly, you would have come across a native African language called Bantu. The Kikuyu people speak Bantu language.

Your Kenyan safari would include a trip to:

  • Nakuru National Park (for Rhino and Flamingos watching)

Flamingos

  • Masai Mara National Reserve (watch zebras, giraffes, lions, and hippos)

Masai Mara

  • Hell’s Gate National Park ( for spectacular landscapes, cliffs, gorges, valleys, and volcanoes)Hells Gate National Park

African Safari Destinations: Guyana Jaguar Safari

African Safari Destinations jaguar

Obviously, there is much more than cricket in Guyana. The lush Iwokrama Forest will firmly lodge its protest if you link cricket and calypso music only with Guyana, a South American country but more of a Caribbean country culturally.

The dense and verdant Iwokrama Forest is quite vast comprising of an area of over 3700 sq.km. That’s vast indeed!

The main purpose of a safari in the Iwokrama Forest is to spot the elusive and athletic Jaguar, the sight of which will send a shiver up your spine.

Other wild animals to be spotted in Iwokrama Forest, Guyana are black spider monkeys and the scaly black Caimans (crocodile species).

black Caimans

When you have finished with your wild animals watching in Iwokrama Forest, you can go:

  • on a trekking spree on Surama Mountain and Awarmie Mountain
  • on a boat ride on Burro-Burro River and Rewa River
  • spotting otters in the river
  • to see Tayra, a ferocious looking forest animal
Tayra

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  • spotting giant anteaters

anteaters

Oh, these creatures really big and the irony is they only eat ants!

  • To see the spider that eats birds

Tarantula

Very hairy and scary-eh?

The Unusual Safari Destinations: Zanzibar Safari

Doesn’t sound familiar to you? Yes, most of the limelight is garnered by Kenya and Zambia safaris. However, that doesn’t darken the safari grounds of Zanzibar and Northern Tanzania. By the way, do you know that Zanzibar is a Tanzanian island?

If you want to go on a safari in Northern Tanzania, you must book a seat in Serengeti wildlife safari to see most of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife. You will be taken to see other terrific places such as Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. If you choose your time of safari appropriately, you can watch the world’s most spectacular wildebeest migration.

Safari Destinations wildebeest migration

If you are lucky, you will be taken aback at the beauty of Zanzibar Red Colobus, a monkey species.

Zanzibar Safari Destinations Red Colobus

Other national parks and sanctuaries to see while you are on your Zanzibar safari holiday:

  • Jozani Chwaka Bay National
  • Ngezi forest reserve

In the Ngezi forest, you can spot a very beautiful looking bird called “Fischer’s Turaco”.

Fischer’s Turaco of safari destinations

The Romantic Safari Destinations:  Uganda safari

Uganda is in East Africa. It beckons the wildlife enthusiasts with its Bwindi gorillas and chimpanzees. I think most of the zoos in the world import these two entertaining mammals from the Ugandan forests.

Bwindi gorilla

Rod Waddington

The gorillas especially live in large numbers in the Bwindi jungle that is backdropped by the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.

Other places of attractions during your Uganda Safari include:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lake Victoria
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kazinga Forest National Park that is famous for the African elephants and hippopotamus.
  • Topi is an antelope that can also be spotted in your Uganda safari

Safari Destinations - Topi

Safari Destinations: Namibia Safari

The elegant cheetah is the major attraction in Namibia which is located in Southwest Africa. Surprisingly, the infamous Namib Desert is also part of the landscape of Namibia. Generally, any desert is not friendly to the big cats and elephants.

For giraffe watching, your safari destinations would include a trip to Etosha National Park. It is also home to the dangerous rhinoceros.

Other places of interest in Namibia

  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari desert
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon

  • The legendary quiver tree

  • Orange river kayaking

Well, the river water is certainly not orange in color.

I think this blog post about Safari Destinations would be useful for your impending safari holidays.

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