Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park, covering more than twenty-thousand square kilometers, in northwestern Namibia is Namibia’s premier national park and offers some of Africa’s most hypnotic landscapes. The park is in what is called the Etosha pan – a massive, flat, saline dessert that, for a few days each year, is flooded by rains and turned into a shallow lagoon teeming with life. Although the area may look barren, areas around the park are home to a hundred-fourteen species of mammals, three hundred bird species and sixteen species of reptile and amphibians. Unlike most African wildlife parks, where you have to go find the animals, Etosha is known for the fact that, you can find a watering hole and wait and the animals will come to you.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park in South Africa. Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in Africa with an area of almost twenty-thousand square kilometers. Opening in 1926, it is also South Africa’s first national park. Kruger has more species of large animals than any other African game reserve; including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos. Kruger is one of the best known, most accessible and best equipped of Africa’s game parks with lots of signs, making it great for self-driving, and even has restaurants and gas stations. It’s where you can see the drama of life and death play out with up close, action-packed sightings of wildlife.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the oldest, and one of the best known of the African game parks. The nearly fifteen thousand square kilometers of Serengeti is renowned for it’s predators, especially it’s lions. Serengeti is probably most famous for the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and thousands of zebras and gazelles, all of which are followed by their natural predators making for a truly awesome display of nature, at it’s best and most gruesome.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve, or Maasai Mara, and known as “The Mara” is located in Narak County, Kenya, named for the Maasai people, who live there and contiguous with the Serengeti is relatively small, compared to some game parks, but is home to ninety-five different species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and over four-hundred different bird species. Like the Serengeti, during the annual migration, some 2.5 million animals make a 2000 mile round-trip journey through the reserve. The Mara has been described as the most prolific wildlife park and is perhaps Africa’s greatest safari destination.
Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park encompasses nearly eleven thousand square kilometers and is located in the northwest corner of Botswana and is best known for it’s incredible elephant population, numbering roughly fifty thousand or more, possibly the highest concentration of elephants in all of Africa.