Countries & Parks

Countries & Parks

Learn more about the major safari countries, including their highlights, wildlife, best time to visit and more.

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The 8 Major Safari Countries

Top Rated Safari Countries

Learn about the country's highlights, wildlife, best time to visit and more.

Parks & Reserves

Discover all major national parks & game reserves per country.

Top Rated Safari Countries

Botswana

4.8/5  –  301 Reviews

Botswana is the leader in low-impact, upmarket tourism. This eco-friendly approach promotes a true wilderness experience in this unspoiled country. The beauty of the Okavango Delta is best discovered by mokoro canoe, while abundant wildlife can be encountered in Chobe and Moremi parks.

  • Rates $174 to $921 pp/day
  • Best time Mar-May (dry parks), Jun-Sep (Okavango, Chobe)
  • High season July to October (Only Chobe gets crowded)
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Kenya

4.6/5  –  864 Reviews

Kenya is a top wildlife destination, recommended especially for those booking a first-time safari. The Masai Mara offers excellent big cat encounters and is the setting for the yearly wildebeest migration. Palm-lined beaches offer a perfect place to relax after an action packed safari.

  • Rates $112 to $533 pp/day
  • Best time June to October, January to February
  • High season July to November, January and February
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Malawi

4.0/5  –  11 Reviews

Malawi’s main tourist attraction is enormous Lake Malawi, with its beaches and water-based activities. The country also offers a range of safari options. Lovely Liwonde National Park has a winding river ideal for boat trips and seeing lots of elephants. Majete Wildlife Reserve is Malawi’s top Big Five destination. The rolling green hills of Nyika National Park are ideal for walking.

  • Rates $256 to $761 pp/day
  • Best time July to October (Dry bush and animals easier to find)
  • High season Jul to Oct (Some parks are busy, high-season rates)
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Mozambique

3.7/5  –  7 Reviews

Mozambique’s main attractions are its islands and its endless, largely undeveloped coastline. The Quirimbas and Bazaruto archipelagos are great to relax on the beach, and to see some amazing marine life. Maputo Special Reserve is an excellent spot for ocean safaris, as well as for seeing elephants and other terrestrial wildlife in a coastal setting. Niassa and Gorongosa both have enormous potential to become top wildlife destinations with four of the Big Five present, though tourist facilities are limited at present.

  • Rates $155 to $873 pp/day
  • Best time July to October (It's dry and animals are easy to find)
  • High season Never (Most parks never get busy)
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Namibia

4.5/5  –  181 Reviews

Namibia is characterized by its desert habitat. The harsh environment forms a magnificent backdrop for a different kind of safari. Animal populations are smaller, but sightings in this sparse setting tend to be rewarding. Not to be missed is Etosha Pan, the largest salt pan in Africa and a seasonal wildlife magnet.

  • Rates $108 to $641 pp/day
  • Best time June to October (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Etosha gets crowded)
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Rwanda

4.3/5  –  10 Reviews

Rwanda’s gorilla trekking is a once-in-a lifetime experience (easily added on to any African safari). But there is plenty more on offer. Volcanoes National Park is the place to be for gorilla trekking, and volcano hikes. Chimps and many other primates can be found in Nyungwe Forest, while savannah safaris are offered in off-the-beaten track Akagera National Park.

  • Rates $283 to $1,362 pp/day
  • Best time Jun to Sep (Except for chimp trekking in Nyungwe)
  • High season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
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South Africa

4.6/5  –  699 Reviews

South Africa is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Vast Kruger National Park has an abundance of animals and is one of the continent's iconic attractions. For outdoor adventure, the Blyde River Canyon is the third largest on the planet, and jagged peaks of the Drakensberg mountains punch into the sky. Cape Town hums with an urban beat, and is fringed by white-sandy beaches.

  • Rates $117 to $537 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season Oct to Mar (Usually not very crowded)
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Swaziland

4.1/5  –  10 Reviews

Swaziland (recently renamed Eswatini) is easily incorporated in a South African holiday. It offers some outstanding wildlife viewing in low-key parks, stunning scenery and traditional cultures. Mkhaya Game Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park are excellent places to see many flagship animals.

  • Rates $87 to $370 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (Dry season)
  • High season December to January and July to August (It never gets very busy)
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Tanzania

4.8/5  –  1,020 Reviews

Tanzania has three safari circuits and each one of them would make Tanzania a top wildlife destination. The popular Northern circuit with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater offers one of the best classical safaris in Africa, especially if timed with the annual wildebeest migration.

  • Rates $183 to $580 pp/day
  • Best time Jun to Oct (Migration from Jun-Jul & Jan-Feb)
  • High season July to March (Northern circuit parks get crowded)
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Uganda

4.3/5  –  252 Reviews

Uganda is a great destination to view wildlife in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga, while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale and several other locations. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, as does the more remote Kidepo National Park.

  • Rates $198 to $543 pp/day
  • Best time June to August and December to February
  • High season June to September (It's rarely crowded)
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Zambia

4.7/5  –  94 Reviews

In Zambia, you’ll be looked after on safari by some of the best guides in Africa. They’ll happily share everything they know about the local wildlife and landscape, while safely leading you on game drives, walking safaris, even canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River.

  • Rates $185 to $1,198 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (all parks)
  • High season July to October (not crowded, except Victoria Falls)
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Zimbabwe

4.3/5  –  106 Reviews

Due to the political situation in Zimbabwe, tourists are few and prices are competitive, but the main parks are still cared for and well worth visiting. Hwange is not to be missed and Mana Pools offers great canoeing safaris on the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls, Africa’s largest waterfall, is a must-go-to destination; standing in the spray of this powerful curtain of flowing water is both moving and overwhelming.

  • Rates $180 to $804 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
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