Cited as the second largest continent in the world after Asia, Africa is as diverse a place as they come. Filled with a tangle of thick tropical jungle, dusty deserts and a host of seemingly endless scorched plains, it is home to a staggering selection of wild animals and exotic flora and fauna. As such, it is the perfect place to embrace nature and head out on safari.
Located in the east of the continent, Kenya is thought of as Africa's leading safari destination. Indeed, it boasts more than 50 game parks and reserves, and is home to an incredible range of animals including the ‘Big Five': lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceroses and Cape buffalo. Whether you want to travel by 4x4 or embark on a flying safari, there are a number of options to choose from when it comes to deciding how you want to take in the magnificent views.
The Masai Mara Park Reserve is one of the most popular places to visit and is home to a staggering amount of game. It is also renowned for its annual Blue wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle migration, which takes place every July to October. Tsaro, on the other hand, is Kenya's largest national park and is famed for its large elephant herds, which can be found gathering around the park's lodges.
Tanzania, which is also situated in east Africa, is another great safari hotspot. It is home to the continent's largest mountain, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as a number of diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, great lakes and breathtaking, sun-drenched plains. Not only that, but it also offers up one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet.
Believed to be the world's biggest complete and unflooded volcanic crater, the Nogorongoro Crater is a simply stunning place to visit. Measuring 610 metres in depth and covering an area of 260 km, it houses a huge selection of wildlife, such as black rhinos, wildebeest and lions. However, due to the fact the crater's sides are so steep, there are unfortunately no giraffes!
The Serengeti National Park is another Tanzanian highlight. Divided into three distinct regions – the Serengeti plains, the western corridor and northern Serengeti – it is the site of the largest annual overland migration in the world. So if you're lucky, you can get to witness over one and a half million white bearded wildebeest and 200,000 zebras on their journey through the plains.
In addition to the many national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, there is also a great selection of other safari holidays to enjoy in Africa. What's more, it is easy to combine a wildlife expedition with a city or beach holiday, meaning you can make the most of all that this amazing and diverse continent has to offer.
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