The Top 5 African Safaris

When it comes to safaris, one continent rules them all. Whether it's the wildlife or the scenery that appeals to you, here are five of Africa's most stunning locations.
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When it comes to safaris, one continent rules them all. Whether it's the wildlife or the scenery that appeals to you, here are five of Africa's most stunning locations.

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Serengeti, Tanzania

Created around the world’s largest animal migration circuit, the Serengeti National Park[http://www.serengeti.org/] is one of the world’s largest game reserves. Meaning ‘Endless Plains’ in Maasai, the park is spread over 5000 square miles (13,000 square km) and is home to huge concentrations of wildlife including big cats, some 200,000 zebras, 1.5 million wildebeest and 350,000 gazelles.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

12 miles (20 km) across, the Ngorongoro Crater [http://ngorongorocrater.com/Attractions/ngorongoro.php]is home to some 30,000 large safari animals including lions, elephants, hippos, cape buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, and the endangered black rhino. Technically a caldera rather than a crater, the collapsed volcano once rose 26,000 feet (8000 metres) above sea level but now contains a unique ecosystem of lakes, streams and lush grasslands which provide year round grazing for the animals that live here.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger [http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/] is visited by nearly a million people per year and the best time to see game is during the winter months (April – September) when elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog, lion, spotted hyena, baboon and hippo are all in evidence. Fed by six rivers, this lush grassland area is a Malaria zone so take the usual precautions.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango [http://www.okavango-delta.net/] is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. All this fecundity lies in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Desert Basin. Seen from space as an emerald swirl surrounded by a parched landscape, the Okavango Delta is an incredible source of life in a country that is 80% arid.

Maasai Mara, Kenya

A natural extension of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, these two stunning, big game reserves[http://www.masaimara.org/] share a fenceless border, though which hordes of migrating animals cross twice a year. Featuring rolling grassland hills, scattered acacias, forests and wide open landscapes, all the major safari animals can be found here.

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