Posted: 17 May 2018
We all grew up watching Disney movies, and Disney World and Universal Studios are great places to bring those beloved characters back to life!
But for those who loved Lion King the best, nothing quite compares to seeing lions, giraffes, and elephants up close on one of the best safaris in Africa!
Here are the best places to go in Africa to see these animals.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Most national parks in Africa can boast having the Big Five, but Maasai Mara is definitely the best place to find lions and other big cats. Maasai Mara is also home to the Great Migration when 2.5 million animals make a 2,000 mile trip across the Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park, South Africa
Adjacent to the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti National Park is also home to part of the great migration. The tall grasses and endless open landscapes perfectly embody the “Lion King’-esque feeling that we all know and love.
With so much space, this park is perfect for seeing roaming giraffes and antelopes and catching lions and cheetahs in the middle of a hunt.
Kruger National Park, Botswana
Among all the national game reserves, Kruger might be one of the most popular. Along with the Big Five, it hosts the (perhaps soon to be endangered) South Africa cheetah as well as the already endangered wild dog and other small cats.
Kruger also has the most variety of accommodations for solo travelers and families looking for African budget safaris. It has everything from standard campsites to luxury tour lodges, and its well-maintained signage and gas stations make it perfect for self-driven or even walking tours.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
This park is named for it’s Chobe River. The best time to visit is during the dry season (April through October) when all of the animals get thirsty and show up at the river together. In particular, it’s one of the best places to spot a herd or two of elephants.
Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
For those who love to admire mountains in any environment, Kidepo Valley is the perfect pick! Due to the valley’s being the home of the country’s late president Adi Amin, this is one of the least visited parks on the entire continent. On top of the breathtaking wildlife, you can also explore an abandoned cabin or bunker where the president stayed.
A spot-on location for history buffs as well as brave explorers.
The Best Safari in Africa For You
While these are our top picks for the best safari in Africa, there are limitless other parks for you to choose from. Each specializes in its own peak seasons, terrains and wildlife.
So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to start looking at some African budget safaris! Whether you’re craving a wild adventure over spring break or looking for a fun and safe official tour for you and the kids, Africa has a special spot for you.
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