Unlike most holiday destinations in the world, Africa is a vast continent with so much to offer. Every year, more than 30 million tourists visit Africa. More than half of them visit for business purposes, People visiting on business purposes often takes time to do some tourist’s activities. About 15% come to Africa purely for tourism while 30% come to visit friends and family. Tourists prefer the continent as a destination for wildlife viewing and to enjoy the sunny skies. Africa is the number one safari destination. These safaris range from the very simple to the exotic.
In Africa, Tourism is one of the most important industries. It has offered jobs to 12.8 million people, both directly and indirectly. In the year 2011. In 2012, tourism contributed over 2.8% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the continent.
Due to the continent’s vast and diverse nature, it is complex and daunting to make up one’s mind on the most convenient region for a safari. Nonetheless, the East, Central, and Southern parts of the continent are the most preferred safari destinations. In these areas, the tourism sector is rapidly growing. Wildlife is in plenty and visa requirements are low to zero. Most of the tourists that visit Africa come from the UK, France, Germany, the USA, and Germany.
Here is some guide to some of the best safari destinations in Africa.
East African countries rely heavily on the tourism industry to generate income. The significant improvements in marketing and cooperation between these nations help in promoting the success of the tourism industry.
Tourists can easily get suitable services because of the standardized criteria for restaurants. The countries have a variety of cultural and natural resources that are a great attraction to tourists.
Kenya and Tanzania have become a famous Safari destination due to the Serengeti wildebeest migration. In this migration, a million wildebeests, together with other animals of different species move between Tanzania and Kenya. The Maasai Mara of Kenya and the Serengeti National of Tanzania are the best places to view this migration. While in Tanzania, consider visiting Africa’s highest mountain-Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park.
Another incredible safari destination is the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. This attraction has an abundance of the big 5. You will love the adventure.
This area is a place of extreme natural beauty making it one of the best safari destination in Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Rwanda are the best places to see the mountain gorillas. The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-west Uganda is one of the best places to view these endangered species. You can also visit the Virunga National Park which is in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the same experience. The Volcanoes National Park in north-west Rwanda also gives an amazing experience.
The population of gorillas has come under a lot of threats in the recent past. Some of the reasons for this phenomenon is loss of habitat, poaching, war, disease, poverty, and unrest. The efforts put to protect these animals have led to drastic growth of the population of gorillas. Since lots of tourists want to be close to these animals, it has motivated African countries to conserve wildlife.
If you would wish to encounter a great on-foot chimpanzee encounter, visit Kibale Forest in Uganda.
In Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Malawi, the wildlife is very diverse. This makes these areas some of the best safari destinations in Africa. The different biomes found in these regions is the major reason for this diversity.
In the northeastern parts of Botswana, there is Chobe National Park. This park lies between the Chobe River and the Ovakango Delta. This National Park is the home of the biggest concentration of elephants in the world. The Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana found in the Okavango Delta is the first reserve in Africa to be established by local inhabitants.
In the Northern arid regions of Namibia, Etosha National Park that provides a great opportunity to locate the black rhinoceros, which are an endangered species and also flamingos in the salt pans.
In South Africa, there is Kruger National Park which is a remarkable safari destination due to the multiplicity of its wildlife and also the improved environmental management policies and techniques. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the first site to be given the award of World Heritage Status. This park is near South Africa’s swamp remaining forests. It is the largest estuarine system in Africa, and part of it is enclosed with water where there is mixing of the fresh water with the salty one from the ocean. At the border of the park is the Kosi Bay and St Lucia Lake, the only place in the world where there are crocodiles, sharks, and hippopotamus on the same water body.
In the Eastern Cape Province, there is only one park with the Big 7, the Addo Elephant National Park. The big 7 include the Cape buffalo, African elephant, African leopard, African lion, African rhino, and also The Great White sharks, and whales.
There is unspoiled wilderness in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, north of South Africa, and crossing over to Botswana. The largest part of this park is located in a desert and is well known for animal species like the Gemsbok or Oryx and the Kalahari black-maned lions.
Africa has so much to offer in terms of amazing safari destinations. Understanding what you can get where can help you in determining your preferred safari destination.