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Top 5 game parks in Africa

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okavango delta

Top 5 game parks in Africa

story by: House of Travel Specialist

Take an adventurous walk in the park with these top five nature reserves in Africa. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one (or all!) of the ‘Big Five’. 

Top Five Game Parks in Africa (in no particular order)


1. Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger National Park is the second largest in Africa and, at 20,000 square kilometres, is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. Your days are guaranteed to be filled with lots of game, including the ‘Big Five’. There are plenty of accommodation options available, from budget to high end. 


2. Masai Mara, Kenya

The terrain of the Maasai Mara National Reserve is primarily open grassland with seasonal riverlets, named in honour of the ancestral inhabitants, the Masai people. Mara is Maa (Masai language) for ‘spotted’, an apt description for the wide vast plains holding spectacles of trees, cloud shadows and the huge amount of game in the area. With an exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, your full day safaris are a great day spent, and be sure to always have your camera ready. Just remember to enjoy the surroundings for yourself outside of the lens too! If you visit between July and October, then you might catch a glimpse of the great wildebeest migration.


3. Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro 
The Ngorongoro Crater attracts travellers from far and wide. Its history makes for an interesting story in itself. It was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself millions of years ago with a coverage of 260 square kilometres. With decent water flow into the crater, the natural landscape makes for an excellent catchment for animals of all kinds, and in great numbers. Here in the crater is one of the few places where you’ll see semi-nomadic Masai people practising their traditional livestock grazing. One animal that you won’t find in the crater is the giraffe—they cannot get in and out of the crater easily enough! 


4. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is produced by seasonal flooding from the Angola highlands’ rainfall, along with its own rainfall ration. However, it does not have a wet climate. The Delta is an oasis in the middle of the desert, creating an attractive haven for animals of all kinds to feed and habitat all year round. Visiting the Delta should include experiencing a dry area and a wet area to note their differences, and show how they work together. The Okavango Delta is a one-of-a-kind eco-system seen nowhere else and a true game experience that will leave you speechless. The Botswani people are some of the most beautiful in the world. Being in Botswana is not just a holiday or safari; it is a totally different state of mind. 


5. Serengeti, Tanzania

An extension of the Masai Mara, and over the Tanzania border, the Serengeti hosts the great wildebeest migration for much of its cycle. Serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in Masai language. Serengeti was once a free-for-all land where Masai hunted for survival. In the late 1950s, the British migrated the Masai to Ngorongoro Crater to preserve the wildlife cycle in the Serengeti and encourage Masai ancestors to continue their traditional lives in a more suitable area. 

By House of Travel Specialist: Katie Searle


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