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  –  258 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 $860 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  –  618 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 $115 to $473 pp/day
  • Best time June to October, January to February
  • High season July to November, January and February
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Namibia

4.5/5  –  152 Reviews

Namibia is characterized by its desert habitat and a remarkable variety of landforms. 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 National Park, a seasonal wildlife magnet.

  • Rates $133 to $543 pp/day
  • Best time June to October (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Etosha gets crowded)
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Rwanda

4.5/5  –  6 Reviews

Rwanda offers arguably the best gorilla tracking experience in Africa (and this can easily be added on to any East African safari). Rwanda is also a worthwhile safari destination in its own right. Volcanoes National Park is the place to track gorillas, and other activities include volcano hikes and tracking golden monkeys. Chimps and several other primates can be found in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Akagera National Park offers a low-key but increasingly rewarding off-the-beaten-track savannah safari.

  • Rates $296 to $1,470 pp/day
  • Best time Jun to Sep (Except for chimp tracking in Nyungwe)
  • High season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
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South Africa

4.6/5  –  558 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 $666 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  –  8 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 $84 to $305 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  –  740 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 $185 to $548 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  –  213 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 $217 to $531 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  –  90 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 $209 to $1,094 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season Jul to Oct (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
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Zimbabwe

4.2/5  –  91 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 $193 to $819 pp/day
  • Best time May to September (All parks)
  • High season July to October (Only Victoria Falls gets busy)
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