What makes an ideal African safari destination? That’s what we at Odyssey Safaris asked ourselves when compiling our list of the best African safari destinations in 2020. With an abundance of energy, romance, and mystique surrounding an African safari it’s impossible to not be sucked into the potential for lifetime memories that these kinds of excursions promise.
At the same time, if you’re going to be visiting Africa on a truly once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip you want to make sure that you are soaking in as many of the best safari destinations in Africa as possible. Whether you decide to embark on a Private or Group adventure, each destination in Africa offers its own unique perspective and experience, so there isn’t a wrong choice.
When planning your African safari, most want to have plenty of opportunities to encounter vibrant wildlife, travel to exotic national parks, and immerse yourself in the African culture as much as possible – and that’s what The Best African Safari Destinations In 2020 are going to give you.
Let’s dive right in.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
First on our list of the best African safari destinations in 2020, is the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. There isn’t a person on the planet planning to take a safari in Africa that doesn’t want to see all of the “Big Five” live, up close, and in-person before their excursion is over. Who could blame them? With some of the most picturesque views and stunning landscapes, the Masai Mara National Reserve is full of non-stop exhilarating wildlife encounters.
An African safari in the Masai Mara gives guests some of the best opportunities to see each of the Big Five (African lions, African leopards, African elephants, rhinoceros, and Cape buffaloes) in their natural environment – but it also gives you an opportunity to soak in some of the most unique African landscapes you won’t be able to see anywhere else on the continent.
If you’ve been researching for your first African safari, you know Africa is full of amazing wildlife experiences but one of the most spectacular to witness is the Great Migration which also takes place within the Masai Mara. It’s easy to see why we included Kenya as one of our best African safari destinations for 2020.
Often referred to as once in a lifetime experience and always on any adventure seekers bucket list, nothing can exceed this experience. Just imagine the pounding of a million wildebeest crossing the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass while vibrant predators stalk behind, pushing them into deadly river crossings.
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Situated in the Northwest most corner of Botswana this national park in Africa is home to four completely different and unique ecosystems that guarantee you’re going to be able to see a wide variety of animal, bird, and plant life in a way that isn’t possible elsewhere.
Chobe National Park is home to some of the largest all-year-round concentrations of African wildlife on the continent you are guaranteed to see some of the most iconic African wildlife when you visit this national park – with maybe the best opportunity in Africa to see herds of wild elephants running throughout the park.
In fact, this national park is home to one of the largest wild herds of elephants anywhere on the planet. More than 120,000 of these elephants roam inside the borders of this park, making it a must-see destination if you want to get up close and personal with these giants.
The elephants residing here are specifically Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant species. They are distinguished by fairly fragile ivory and small tusks, generally due to calcium insufficiency in the ground. There’s even a chance to walk among them with the Living With Elephants Foundation that offers this once in a lifetime experience.
Beyond these gentle giants, Chobe National Park is also home to lions, leopards, and buffaloes as well as a wide range of other prominent animals and birds. The only member of the Big Five not found in Chobe National Park is the rhino. No matter where your adventures take you in Chobe National Park, the scenery here is breathtaking and the game-viewing is nothing short of legendary.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
If you want a chance to see the Big Five – as well as increase your odds of spotting African cheetahs – you’ll want to make your way to the Northeast most corner of South Africa for your African safari. Perhaps the most internationally well-known of all the national parks in South Africa, Kruger National Park is considered to be the perfect place to start your African adventure, particularly if you are a first time visitor to the continent.
Accommodations for budget based travelers to the most well-heeled international jet setters (and everything in between) are available on any safari, too. Combine that with impeccably maintained roadways that are effortless to navigate (with guided or self-guided safari options available) and it’s easy to see why this is such a popular choice.
Those heading to South Africa often choose Kruger National Park for the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Big Five. While the term originally described the five most difficult animals to hunt, it now pertains to the five incredible big animals in Africa that everyone wants to see when they go on a safari for the first time.
Luckily, the African leopard, lion, African elephant, (black and white) rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo can all be seen in Kruger National Park. If you are an avid bird lover, it’s a good idea to plan your visit between October and March – this is when 200 migratory species flood into the park, giving you a chance to see them and the rest of the Big Five all at the same time.
No matter where your adventures take you in Africa, we hope that our best African safari destinations in 2020 give you an idea of all that’s possible while on an African safari. Find out more by contacting an Odyssey Safaris expert today.