Top Safari Destinations in Africa / Thompsons Holidays

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Date: February 19, 2020

The Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa Besides being known for the great migration, the Serengeti is also famous for its abundant large predators besides the big cats that are easily seen -predators can be spotted including spotted Hyena, Jackal and Bat-eared Fox.
The Serengeti is also home to a diversity of grazers, including African buffalo, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, eland, waterbuck, and many many more.
The Wildebeest migration happens very year, over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. If you're there at the right time, you can spot herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon.

Serengeti’s scenery is renowned for its large grassland plains in the southeast. The northern part is more hilly and rocky. To the west, valleys, rivers and forest can be found. Several areas in the Serengeti are dotted with ‘koppies’, granite outcrops rising up from the plains. It’s an immense landscape and quite stunning – big sky country that feels like untamed wilderness.
Overall, wildlife watchers are better off timing their trip to coincide with the drier months (June to October). Aim for June and July if you can, as the incredible wildebeest migration usually tramples the plains at this time.
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Chobe National Park
For an authentic, luxury safari in Botswana, it’s home to massive elephant populations, riverboat safaris, sunset cruises, riverfront safari lodges and top quality game drives have firmly positioned the Chobe National Park as a “must visit” destination for any enquiring safari enthusiast.
You will never forget the first glimpse of the dazzling, deep blue Chobe River, as it winds its way through this majestic National Park with lush floodplains, dense forests of mopane trees, and endless beauty.
Chobe feels like true wilderness. It is a place that can be enjoyed by everyone: couples, families and seasoned Africa travellers. Chobe is the true meaning of wilderness. It is definitely and MUST SEE destination on your bucket list.
Chobe National Park will leave you with everlasting memories to take back home.
 Etosha National Park
Visit the most popular park in Namibia!
Etosha means the ”great white area” and refers to the boggest salt pan in Africa.
It is the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland, it’s a very popular stop on any Namibian tour. Above all, it is known as Namibia’s foremost wildlife Sancuary.
Besides the large variety of wildlife including big cats, predators, game and birdlife, this National park also has many little gems.
Etosha is unique and varied and subsequently home to a massive variety of animals such as lions, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife are found here.
If you are travelling solo, in a couple, a small group or a family with kids – Etosha is the place to be as this Game Reserve accommodates for all type of folk. There is tons of entertainment for all ages.
There is a wide variety of tours that one can do in this reserve to be able to really experience the true beauty of Namibia.
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Masai Mara National Reserve

Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.
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Its avid landscapes of rolling hills, open grassland and acacia woodland supports this incredible profusion and variety of wildlife.
Large predators such as lions, leopards, cheetah and Spotted hyena are easily seen all year round, and the reserve is in its prime between August and October, when the legendary wildebeest migration - perhaps the world’s most breathtaking wildlife spectacle - crosses into Kenya from Tanzania.

The Masai Mara is once in a lifetime opportunity that really shouldne be missed! From the drama of the wildebeest migration which is encapsulated by the multiple river crossings that punctuate the great herds’ three-month tenure in the Masai Mara to the wide variety of bird species and other wildlife. The Masai Mara has so much to offer!
that often doesnt have words to describe how incredible it is to the wide variety of bird life