Africa is the home of the safari and without a doubt offers the best safari destinations in the world. Elsewhere – particularly India, Sri Lanka or Brazil – you may find national parks that offer safari-style experiences, but nothing comes close to Africa for variety, quantity and sheer size of wildlife, nor for the scale of the national parks – some of which dwarf many European countries in size. Southern and East Africa tend to be the best regions in Africa for wildlife viewing, as the countries in these regions have huge areas of protected savanna, bushveld and deserts that provide sanctuary for large numbers of wildlife. Take a browse below for our pick of the best safari destinations in Africa – and the rest of the world!
Best Safari Destinations in Africa
Mostly covered in arid desert – and home to some of the largest national parks in the world – the highlight of any safari in Botswana must be the Okavango Delta in the far north. Read more about taking a safari in Botswana >>
Malawi is dominated by the tranquil azure waters of Lake Malawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching more than 300 miles from north to south. The under-explored country has several national parks to enjoy decent amounts of wildlife.
Far from the tourist crowds, Mozambique is not as hot as other African safari destinations for plains animals, but does have two fantastic aquatic national parks offering a different take on the traditional African safari.
Eminently accessible national parks packed full of wildlife, including the Kruger National Park, world famous for viewing the big five. South Africa also offers alternate eco-systems to traditional savanna such as the Drakensberg mountains or the Kalahari desert. Read more about taking a safari in South Africa >>
The rain forests of the Uganda – the ‘Pearl of Africa’ – are among the best places to take a gorilla safari. Murchison Falls National Park in the far north is also home to the big five, making Uganda one of the best all-round safari destinations in Africa. Read more about taking a safari in Uganda >>
Combine a visit to Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, with a river trip down the Zambezi, wildlife viewing in one of Africa’s premier national parks – South Luangwa.
A top class safari destination that’s seen some tough times in recent decades, though now has increasing wildlife numbers and a resurgent tourist trade. You can also enjoy the best views of the impressive Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe.
Best Safari Destinations Outside Africa
In addition to the above African safari destinations, there are several countries you should consider for surprisingly good game viewing opportunities:
One of 10 “mega-diversity” countries, harboring huges numbers of animal and plant species. It contains around one third of the Earth’s remaining tropical forest as part of the Amazon, and is home to the wetlands area of the Pantanal.
14 national parks including the world-famous 930km sq. Royal Chitwan National Park. Most of the safari habitat in Nepal is subtropical forest, offering deep jungle for great elephant back or four-wheel drive wildlife viewing.
Sri Lanka Safaris
Leopards, elephants and buffalo stroll around in Kipling-esque scenery at Yala and other national parks in Sri Lanka. It may not be quite African wildlife standards, but it does offer something different with less tourists and access to fantastic beaches.