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Top Safaris In Southern Africa

Southern Africa is home to a variety of exotic animals, including cheetahs, lions, elephants and apes. These are just a few of the many amazing animals you will see up close during a safari through many parts of the southern parts of Africa. Safaris throughout this region will take you on an expedition through green forests, rainforests, mountainous regions and deserts. Each section of the country is home to unique species of animals, making each of the different safaris offered through these areas just as unique and exotic as the animals you will encounter.

Let's take a look at some of the top safaris in Southern Africa:

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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is located in Botswana's Okavango Delta and is home to four distinct Eco-systems. This area is home to high concentrations of wildlife year round with many gathering near the Savuti marsh area. Chances are you will not miss out opportunities to see wildlife on your safari through Chobe National Park. This park is home to approximately 120,000 elephants and a wide variety of other wildlife, including eland, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra.

Destinations during the different Adventure Safaris offered at Chobe National Park include:

  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Central Kalahari
  • Chobe National Park
  • Savuti, Lynyati
  • Makgadikgadi
  • Okavango Delta
  • Okavango Panhandle
  • Tsodilo Hills

There are a variety of Adventure Safaris offered in Chobe National Park, including camping safaris. These safaris are perfect for those seeking a little bit more of an adventure when visiting Africa. The different Adventure Safaris available include mobile camping safaris, scenic flights, walking safaris, canoeing safaris and Okavango Delta Mokoro excursions. Day tours and self-driving tours are also available at Chobe National Park.

The lack of fences surrounding camp areas combined with being able to freely walk through the area's natural habitats make these adventure safaris the perfect African getaway.

Etosha National Park

The southwestern coastal region of Africa is home to Etosha National Park in Namibia. A multitude of wildlife have made their home among the diverse and fascinating landscapes found in this region. Wildlife found in this region include zebra, springbok, antelope, black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and flamingos. Many of these animals can be found gathering at waterholes that are scattered throughout the national park.

There are a variety of different safaris available through this national park, including guided and self-guided safaris. Your guided safari will include an experienced game guide who will point out highlights, points of interest and all of the exotic animals you will find along the way. These guided tours include a diverse selection of accommodation options, including camping and staying at one of the area's lodges.

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Kruger National Park

Located in South Africa, Kruger National Park takes pride in having the highest variety of African wildlife in the country. This region is home to crocodiles, cheetah, hippos and so much more. Many reviews have claimed this national park is one of the best maintained parks in the country. These are just two of many reasons why Kruger National Park is a must experience when looking for safari adventures in Africa.

Safaris available at Kruger National Park include everything from luxury private safaris to more affordable group safaris. This park is also perfect for taking a self-driving tour of the area. However, if you are looking for a safari that has everything your African adventure needs, consider booking one of the classic safari packages. Three-day classic safari packages include:

  • Classic Wildlife and Culture
  • Classic Kruger Eco Safari
  • Kruger Bush-Walk
  • Classic Tented Safari
  • Classic Family Safari
  • Classic Kruger Safari

The wide variety of wildlife combined with the beauty of the region makes these tours perfect for those seeking breathtaking photographic opportunities. Kruger National Park is definitely an adventure you must experience for yourself.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park in Zambia offers safari guests an opportunity to combine their outdoor adventure with luxury. Safaris through this park will wine and dine adventurers as they are treated to a pampered experience bush-style. Guided tours will take you out in the early mornings and late afternoons where you will have the opportunity to see the variety of wildlife that call this region of Africa home. Experienced game guides and trackers will take you on exciting adventures that are very entertaining.

During your safari adventure you will also be able to enjoy a variety of activities in one of the country's biggest game parks. Activities include taking a canoeing safari along the Lower Zambezi, walking into the Zambian interior and taking a mobile walking safari through North Luangwa National Park. There are 779 different species of bird in Zambia, making it possible to enjoy a bird-watching safari with experienced bird spotters. Photographic safaris are also available, giving you plenty of opportunities to capture some very exotic photos of the region's wildlife.

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Zambezi National Parks

The Zambezi National Parks is located in Zimbabwe and is a home to an abundance of animals, including giraffes, elephants, lions and more than 100 other mammal species. This national park is also home to one of the largest wild dog populations in the country. In addition to the diverse wildlife you will see during your safari at these national parks, you will also see the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Both guided and self-guided tours of Zambezi National Parks are available, offering adventurers everything from accommodations, game tours and other exciting activities. Lodges, fishing camps and camping grounds offer a place to stay no matter what your budget or experience desires are.

Safari adventures include boat tours, guided tours, white water rafting, helicopter tours, micro-light flights, walking safaris and boat tours. There is definitely an adventure for everyone at Zambezi National Parks.

Taking an African safari is like no other vacation you have experienced in the past. These adventures will take you into the heart of Africa's wildlife, offering plenty of opportunity to see some of the country's most endangered species and exotic wildlife.

Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions - writing and travel - to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at

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