Countries & Parks

Countries & Parks

Learn more about the eight 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

Tanzania

#1 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.8/5  –  530 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 $186 to $560 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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Botswana

#2 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.8/5  –  228 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 $182 to $864 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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Zambia

#3 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.7/5  –  83 Reviews

A safari in Zambia is not about checking off the Big Five. High-quality guides will share their knowledge on game drives, night drives and walking safaris. A canoeing safari on the Zambezi River is not to be missed by the more adventurous.

  • Rates $215 to $908 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season Jul to Oct (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
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Kenya

#4 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.6/5  –  406 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 $111 to $519 pp/day
  • Best time June to October, January to February
  • High season July to November, January and February
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South Africa

#5 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.6/5  –  459 Reviews

South Africa is a great destination for a varied holiday. It offers fantastic wildlife viewing, beautiful beaches, trendy cities and much more. Kruger is its flagship park with many self-drive and budget options, and all of the Big Five are easily seen.

  • Rates $149 to $749 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season Oct to Mar (Usually not very crowded)
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Namibia

#6 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.5/5  –  125 Reviews

Namibia is characterized by its desert habitat. This 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, a seasonal wildlife magnet.

  • Rates $139 to $766 pp/day
  • Best time June to October (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Etosha gets crowded)
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Uganda

#7 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.3/5  –  169 Reviews

Uganda is a great destination to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla tracking in Bwindi, while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale Forest. Parks such as Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing.

  • Rates $200 to $507 pp/day
  • Best time June to August and December to February
  • High season June to September (It's rarely crowded)
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Zimbabwe

#8 of 8 Major Safari Countries
4.2/5  –  82 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.

  • Rates $172 to $736 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
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