Africa has been known for its scenic beauty since a long time. The wilderness of this place has touched the hearts and souls of thousands of people. Ranging from volcanic eruption to the plain forest landscapes, from the gorillas of the mountains to the marauding lions roaming in the west; Africa is made up of many such perfect and natural creations. An African safari is indeed a life changing experience for those who have been here.
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Although costs are much higher, the experience of the entire trip is worth the expenditure. If you are planning to go on a trip to Africa, you might have to shell out somewhere around £2,700 to £4,000 for a total of seven days in the bush. These costs are fixed based on the tourist facilities provided by the people there. Again, wildlife enthusiasts believe that these prices are worth paying. Here we present you with some of the top safari destinations you must surely explore.
1. Duba, Botswana
Duba is known for Botswana’s lions which are the biggest ones in Africa. They come as large magnificent site of the place. Skimmer pride and the Tsaro pride are two famous prides controlled by Duba boys. Normally lions hunt during night time but here, daytime hunting is also very normal. People who happen to visit this place can watch the battle of Lions and Buffaloes which starts from stalking to the final killing. Duba covers a huge area and there is no transportation facility there. This place has become famous as a site for film shooting and exploration by Natural Geographic. Thus, Duba is worth a visit. If you are planning to explore this place, then you can go for a seven night trip at the place. All the meals and amenities included, you will have to pay around £4,115 per person.
2. Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
This place should not be missed off if you happen to visit Africa. Covered with endless bushes, rugged hills and plains of some of the reserves, this place is an excellent tourist centre. This place was developed a decade ago. Its scenic beauty as well as variety of animals makes it a good place to enjoy. Many varieties of grasses are found here which are consumed by many of the local inhabitants. Small groups of black-faced impala aligning their lyre-shaped horns are a common sight there and are worth a capture most of the times. As of now, less than 1000 native species are left in the forests of Africa. At times you get a glimpse of a relaxed leopard in the setting sun or a rhino roaming here and there. Again, cost here will include £2,995 per person which includes eating, travelling and flight charges.
3. Northern Kenya
When you come here, you can see wild stretches of huge horizons all over the place. You can also see classy parks full of varieties of animals along the Ethiopian border. This place belongs only to animals who are permanent inhabitants here. You can find lions, cows, elephants and other animals there. Early morning walks to the forests containing acacia trees is, indeed, a good sight. Camping is common sight too. With readymade tents, kettles on the fire and dinner going on simultaneously, it is hard to resist. This place offers you more than what you expect. There you can play games or simple enjoy some unique creations of nature. If you are planning to visit Kenya, then be prepared to invest £3,995 per person, based on two sharing, for this trip.
4. The Zambezi Valley, Zambia
This place is not explored by much of the tourists. The Zambezi River flows through the grassy plain lands. During rare times, people get to see a full moon eclipse here. Tents are built in middle of the forests areas which gives you sleepless nights. Lions roaring the whole night are indeed unique as you sleep. You can capture some rare sights here like a leopard flicking its tail on a branch above your head and a baby elephant swimming beside its mother across the waters. Comfortable camps and experts guiding you through the safari make the trip a perfect one. Many activities like canoeing, boating, angling for tiger fish are very common there. Just sitting there with a bottle of cold beer in hand and listening to hyenas is an awesome experience.
5. Gorillas, Rwanda
Rwanda is a place which is developing slowly. But now it attracts many tourists on a regular basis. It is a stable place, its parliament being run by most of the women there. It is one of the most highly populated place in Africa and successful in many aspects. If you opt for a mountain hike then be ready to pay US$500 (£316). This also includes one of the Africa’s finest wildlife sightings and explorations. As you start your safari, you are surrounded by many of the gorillas. Many types of gorillas are a common sight there. The younger lot is much active and wrestling and tumbling is all they do. Complete accommodation and travelling expenses can be covered under £3,150 per person.
6. Kruger, South Africa
Kruger is famous mainly for lavish and expensive lodges coupled with haute cuisines. A host of wine varieties and excellent guides help to enjoy this place as much as you can. Starting from northernmost part of the Kruger Park and reaching up to South African border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique Pafuri, you can find deep-bushes everywhere. Many a times, you can find many camps near Luvuvhu River which accommodates more than 80 people. The most beautiful aspect of Zambezi Valley is the large diversity of mammals and bird life. This place is highly occupied by hunters, local people as well as smugglers. Don’t miss the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, when you happen to visit this place.
7. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
You can see the scenic beauty of this place as your flight lands here. You get to see broken hills and head of zebra stampeding across the yellow plain. But this scene is changing day by day with the advent of new technology. Within a couple of days, you are done seeing few cheetahs and leopards and more than enough lions. The beauty of arched plains and other similar sites is captivating. The land near the sand river is painted in muted colours where you can find many of the male lions emerging from long grasses every minute. You cannot expect more than this as you already have had more than enough. Seven nights at Mwagusi in Ruaha, including return flight from London will cost around £3,795 per person.
8. The South Luangwa, Zambia
This place is visited by few of the tourists only due to its hot weather. It is highly vegetated all round the year and doesn’t come up with many outstanding geographical features. But here you will find some of the best walk safaris. You will find great guides telling you each detail about all the animals you see on the way. Adjust to all the surrounding conditions if you really want to enjoy this safari. This place is not meant to surf the net and be engaged in gadgets. Instead, this place is to explore the untouched and unspoilt nature.
9. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The name will remind you of the experiences of people in desert. This place is thrilling and beautiful at the same time. You can look out for springbok, ostrich and the gemsbok here. You will be excited to hear roars of black-manned Kalahari lions here frequently. You will everything here. The camps are few as this place is not visited frequently by people. This will help you to explore it in a different way and experience a different type of safari. Be ready to spend £3,995 per person for a week’s stay here.
10. Maasai Mara, Kenya
You can capture many unique images of animals here. This place is famous as the venue of shooting the Big Cat Diary television series. Animal as well as visitors are found around the month of July. You can drive your way to the Savannahs. Gaze at the still sky or at the animals around you; this place gives you each type of unique experience. An eight-day itinerary, with three nights at Kicheche Bush Camp in the Mara, would cost from £2,760 per person, including flight expenses.
Thus make the most of all the safaris of Africa. It is better to visit these place in second half of the year, so that you are saved from the scorching heat and sunlight. Enjoy this place to your fullest and capture some of the awesome moments to preserve them for life.
Africa is a place that can offer you loads of experience. Safari in the deserts and forests of this continent is something that everyone must try at least once in a lifetime.