5 Places to pop your African Safari Cherry

An African safari is by far and away one of the most exciting vacations that you are ever likely to take. Sure you can see your favorite animal locked up in a caged zoo, but why not head out to the African planes and watch them up close and personal as they go about their day-to-day business, free from owners and free from walls. An African safari is not just an amazing way to witness animal life, it also gives you a chance to step outside of your comfort zone and witness an altogether different World from what you are used to. If you are planning on losing your African safari virginity then here are 5 of the best places to do so.

Bwindi Forest Reserve, Uganda

If you want to see the best of mountain gorillas in their habitat then Uganda is the place to do it and this forest reserve is the best place to go if you want to witness these magnificent creatures. This area is home to around half of the entire mountain gorilla population so you can guarantee to be able to get up close and personal with them, guides will tell you not to stare at them but that is much easier said than done.

Choose National Park, Botswana

This national park is a perfect game destination, the animals will head to the river each day for water and you can get the perfect view of them as you sale through the middle of the water. Elephants, zebras, hyenas, wild dogs and cheetahs can be seen with regularity in this vast national park.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The most famous African safari spots is famous for a reason, Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve offers tourists a wide range of wildlife and some of the most stunning African vistas that there is. Here you can watch the sun setting behind the rolling planes and witness the great wildebeest migration in action. Lions, tigers, giraffes and everything in between can be seen on a safari here and the tour industry is alive and well which means that prices are very reasonable.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This spot in South Africa is said to be the easiest place to spot the big 5 of the animal kingdom and for your very first safari, Kruger park makes a lot of sense. Such is its popularity there is a wide range of accommodation options for tourists, form luxury beds under African skies to low-budget huts on the outskirts of the park.

Zambezi Valley, Zambia

If you want to catch some hippos, elephant and delightful African birds then head down to the raw and rugged Zambezi valley for a path less trodden when it comes to safaris. This may not be the most comfortable of safari that you could choose but if you want to get down and dirty with wildlife then this is a great place for you to jump in to the deep end.