The Best African Countries for Safari. (Guide)
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
Africa is a big place, each country and even the different national parks within the country offer completely different Safari experiences. So the short answer is, it really depends on what Safari experience you are after. Below we summarise the differences in Safari in Africa. For me, if I was pushed for an answer I would combine a trip to Cape Town with either a Safari in Sabi Sands (Kruger National Park) or with a Safari in Botswana.
In this article, we will look at some of the key reasons to visit the various Safari Destinations.
The main Safari Destinations are
Southern Africa (Big 5)
East Africa (Big 5)
Central Africa (Gorilla Trekking)
South Africa - Sabi Sands (Kruger National Park)
Sabi Sands is the Best place to see the Big 5 in Africa
Renowned for incredible leopard sightings
Wide range of lodges to stay at a range in prices.
Sabi Sands has private concessions, which means no crowding of vehicles at sightings.
Sabi Sands allows for night drives
You can do limited off-road driving (this results in much better sightings)
Unfenced borders with Kruger – so animals can move freely between the areas, but only guests staying at the lodges in the Sabi Sands can do their drives in the Sabi Sands (no self-drive options – only guided in vehicles from the lodges)
Good for first-time safari goers as the chances of seeing the Big 5 are very good
Botswana offers some of the most exclusive safaris in Africa
Botswana gives you the feeling that you are in the middle of the wild.
Thrilling plane rides into remote airfields.
Botswana is known for its wide range of activities on offer, especially on the private concessions – walking safaris, day and night game drives, sleep-outs, mokoros, and boating.
Some of the most pristine wilderness in Africa
Iconic Okavango Delta is a must-see.
Botswana offers Very high-end Luxury accommodation
Known for Low impact / High yield tourism model
Vast private concessions with very few tourist beds resulting in exclusive safari experiences
Botswana has iconic reserves like Chobe, Moremi, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans
The mix of the Okavango Delta wetlands and arid Makgadikgadi Pans / Nxai Pan / Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana Safari Lodge
Namibia is known for its Breathtaking landscapes.
Explore some of the highest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei (Deadvlei)
Unusual desert-adapted animals make for unique sightings
Great for self-drive safaris
Etosha Park is one of the best national parks for a self-drive safari with good road networks.
The arid environment means that all animals can be seen in the waterholes.
Authentic cultures - Himba tribe
Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world
See the full guide to Namibia Here!
Home of the walking safari
Lots of Small, owner-run Safari camps
Lots to do on a Zambia safari – walking safaris, day and night game drives, canoeing and boating in the Lower Zambezi, sleep-outs
Some of the best walking guides in Africa
Iconic national parks – South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, Kafue and Victoria Falls (Livingstone)
Visit Victoria falls from the Zambian side
Zimbabwe is known for the Best Safari guides in Africa
Varied safari experiences between Mana Pools, Lake Kariba, Hwange and Vic Falls
Victoria Falls and all its adventure experiences are incredible.
Hwange is known for some of the best elephant viewing in Africa
Varied activities – game drives (day only), canoeing and walking in Mana Pools and boating and fishing on Lake Kariba
Kenya is the home of the original safari
Home of the Wildebeast Migration
Great conservation success stories in Laikipia where a lot of cattle ranches have been converted to wildlife reserves
Kenya has some of the best rhino breeding projects in Africa
Kenya has a wide variety of areas and safari tours and experiences
Masai Mara and the migration
Many privately owned camps and lodges
Laikipia ranches are a playground for people wanting to experience some cool stuff – walking safaris, fly-camps, camel safaris, horse riding, conservation safaris, mountain biking, cultural experiences, helicopter safaris
Meet the Masai Tribe is an experience you will never forget
Let us know in the comments if there are any other Locations you would like added.