Best places for wildlife safaris in the world
These are countries that prioritize wildlife conservation and have the most diverse species of animals within Africa. Going on Safaris can be for most non-African tourists a once in a lifetime opportunity and while they are there we would like them to enjoy the best of what African wildlife can offer.
It is reported that more than 100 000 large animals live in the Gorongosa National Park. Wildlife numbers have increased drastically since the end of the civil war. The forests are beautiful and the government has made an effort to rehabilitate the wildlife for future populations. What was once a warzone is now paradise. As an added bonus you can visit the Buzarato Archipelago to see marine life such as the rare dugong along with flamingoes, crocodiles and turtles.
This country is committed to conserving the environment. This can be seen in the progress they have made in the protection and restoration of degraded ecosystems such as wetlands, lakes and natural forests. Their efforts to eradicate the use of plastics are commendable. The rare mountain gorillas, the golden monkey, chimpanzees and a variety of large wild animals as well as a diversity of birds can be seen. This country is definitely worth a spot on your bucket list.
An estimated 130 000 elephants live in Botswana. Wow, impressive right? Due to human endangerment and crop damages over the years the government of Botswana recently lifted the ban on elephant hunting. This may make Botswana a less favorable destination in the eyes of many but it is still worth it to visit and see the place that has the status of offering the most luxurious Safaris.
Kenya is a well-known destination for ecotourism and has remained so for many years. It has a diverse population of wildlife with various game reserves and national parks. When most people go on Safaris, the ultimate goal is to see the big 5 and your chances are very high if you book your next Safari in Kenya.
Conservation efforts for wildlife with a special emphasis on the endangered species has been a long struggle for Namibia. It has attained successes with the cheetah population however the country still battles to protect the wild dog, the black rhino, the oribi and the puku. Trophy hunting licenses (which are rarely issued) have been met with a strong backlash from the local and international travel communities. According to local media sources, when the Namibian government issues a trophy hunting license to kill one non endangered animal it costs around U$72 000 and these funds are used to renovate and restore the infrastructure in the national parks to better protect the rest of the wild animals. Recently international media sources reported that Namibia sold 1000 animals but did not include the information that these animals were merely sold locally and relocated to private wildlife parks within the country to protect them from dying from drought conditions within the national parks.
The Kruger national park is one of the most popular parks for Safaris in the world. Here you can see both the black and white rhinos. For those seeking to view the big 5, it is a worthy investment to reserve game drives in the parks surrounding the Kruger national park.
The countries that also deserve a mention are Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.