Best African Safari Destinations – 5 Top Game Reserves

June 22, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
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Many people dream of traveling to Africa to experience a world far different from what we know in our day to day lives. But the continent is a huge place, and thinking of where to start on your journey can be a daunting task. If seeing big game on safari is a lifelong dream of yours, here are a few game reserves throughout the continent to consider traveling to:

Located on the border of South Africa and Botswana, the Madikwe Game Reserve is a great place to see not only Africa’s “big five” (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo) but to also catch a glimpse of endangered species like the wild dog and cheetah. There are plenty of places to stay during your visit to Madikwe including the luxurious Madikwe Hills, which will assist you on all of your safari trips.

Linyanti Game Reserve, on the border between Nambia and Botswana, is a marshland habitat perfect bird lovers. Since the reserve does consist of a marshy area, it is the perfect place to spot elephant and other animals in the dry months as they search for water. Hyena can be spotted in Linyanti, as well as bat-eared foxes. May through October are the best times to see game as they search for water along the river that runs through the reserve.

A five hour drive from Johannesburg finds you at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. A part of the larger Kruger National Park, the reserve boasts a bird population of over 350 species. If leaving as little of your mark on your surroundings as possible is important to you, the reserve also contains the “the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa” in the Earth Lodge.

Animals from the Serengeti National Park seek refuge in the plentiful rivers and streams of the Maswa Game Reserve in the dry season. If it is wildebeest you are interested in seeing, they pass through the reserve in January and February in search of grass. Gazelle and impala can also be seen roaming the fields of Maswa.

One of the more famous reserves in Africa would have to be the Shamwari Private Game Reserve, host to many celebrities and dignitaries, the area is home to premiere lodging, and a sanctuary for big cats rescued from circuses and zoos. The reserve is also home to five different ecosystems, and the big five are plentiful in the area.

If you’ve spent your entire life dreaming of taking an African safari, there are plenty of places to explore across the continent. Just take your time in researching what the different reserves have to offer, what you’ve always dreamed of seeing, the season that you can travel, and get ready to have an experience you won’t ever forget.

Thanks go to Ker Downey for being guest authors of this article.  Wicked Good Travel Tips considers Ker Downy to be one of the premier travel providers of exceptional Africa safari experiences.

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