Thinking about taking an African safari but unsure where to go? Have a look at our top five national parks in all Africa and see if it helps make your decision-making any easier:
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the most famous national parks in all Africa, Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular park. Fantastic for spotting those iconic African predators, Serengeti has large numbers of lions, leopards and cheetahs. It's not just the big cats you can see here, as Serengeti is also home to the spectacular Great Migration, the annual movement of two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles as they search for water to drink and new land for grazing.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
One of the largest and most beautiful national parks in Africa, Chobe is a safe choice for an African safari; with over 100,000 elephants roaming through this stunning region, you will certainly get your fill of magnificent wildlife. The River Chobe winds its way through the park and because water is so plentiful, crocodiles, hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards and lions are all drawn to this idyllic location. Watching elephants as they splash in the river and forage for food with their trunks is something you will never forget.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa
Another spectacularly beautiful area, the scenery of Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve will quite literally take your breath away. Plenty of rainfall makes this a very verdant land with plenty of meandering rivers and secret waterfalls. An African safari to Blyde River will give you a very good shot of seeing wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, zebras, baboons and wildebeest.
The Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Matusadona National Park is an amazing combination of far-stretching plains and craggy mountains, and it is one of the only remaining parks where you can spot the endangered Black Rhino. Isolated and private, you can reach only two-thirds of the park by foot, so it's perfect if you want an African safari away from the throngs of tourists! Its remote location means that it has the second highest number of lions on the continent, and you can also see many antelope, buffalo, crocodiles and elephants within this tranquil park.
Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Madagascar might not be the country you think of when planning an African safari, but if you are after enthralling and unique wildlife, then the Isalo National Park is the place to come. Over 80% of the wildlife and plants in Madagascar are endemic to this incredible island, and geographically this park is a wonder; with plenty of canyons, gorges, grassland, rivers, waterfalls and mountains, photographers will be spoilt for choice.