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Five safari destinations for first-time travellers

You've seen the documentaries of African deserts, waterfalls, and wildlife. However, nothing compares to being there in person. Safaris promise unique cultural encounters, captivating wildlife adventure, and spectacular scenery. Here are five of the best safari destinations for first-time travellers.

Kenya


Kenya is a co-host to the great wildebeest migration, one of the ‘seven natural wonders of the world’. The Masai Mara in Kenya, together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, provide a magical stage from July to November as over two million wildebeest and other wildlife migrate from the Serengeti to the Mara.

It is captivating to watch the shifting columns of herds attempt to cross the Mara River that is infested with Nile crocodiles. Termed the greatest show on earth, it is an exhilarating drama on a truly phenomenal scale. A Kenya safari is something not to be missed.

There's definite pecking order at the ol Donyo waterhole. The elephant bulls rule entirely. #oldonyo #kenyasafari #oldonyowaterhole #bigtusker

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Tanzania


Apart from co-hosting the greatest wildebeest migration, Tanzania is home to one of the largest concentrations of animals in Africa as well as the game-rich Serengeti National Park. With vast landscapes hosting diverse animals and a calm and stable atmosphere, you'll feel connected to the land from the moment you first arrive.

It is also one of the few places where you can see chimpanzees up close in their habitat near Lake Tanganyika.




South Africa


South Africa is a dream safari destination largely in part because of Kruger National Park. It is one of the world's greatest national parks with unspoiled beauty, filled with all the iconic safari species and a great diversity of flora.

Get ready to experience nearly two million hectares of bush plains filled with striking landscapes and wildlife that cause the frozen images in magazines to spring to life.




Botswana


Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, which hosts the world's largest animal migration - the zebra migration.

The wealth of wildlife that you can see in Botswana is incomprehensible - massive herds of elephant, numerous lion prides and home to all the members of the Big Five species. If you’re looking for a reliable safari destination - then Botswana is the one for you.




Namibia


Namibia is home to a quarter of the global cheetah population and the last free-roaming black rhinos in the world. Black rhinos are gentle herbivore giants that are non-violent and are critically endangered. Watching them traverse the African Savannah uprooting shrubs and chewing cud is a quintessential experience.

Etosha National Park is another location filled with sheer wonder and a wealth of attractions. The abundance of game, dramatic landscapes and diverse bird species make it a magical place to visit.

The chase is on! You need patience to get shots like these. It took around two hours of waiting to capture this image at Salvadora waterhole - many other vehicles would drive in, look around - ah, just some lions sleeping in the grass - and then drive off to find some action, but look what they missed! Image from The Photographer’s Guide to Etosha National Park eBook and captured by Kathryn Haylett our co-author. http://www.kruger-2-kalahari.com/photographers-guide-to-etosha.html #NaturePhotography #Africa #Photographic #Travel #WildlifePhotography #PhotoSafari #Kruger2Kalahari #AfriTravel #eBooks #Wildlife #Etosha #Namibia #nikon #iamnikonsa #nikonwildlife #sigmaphoto_sa #selfdrivesafari #gameviewing #gamedrive #selfdrive #bigfive #lionchase #lionhunt #salvadora #waterhole #canon #yoursafari

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About Jarred Manasse

Manasse is the owner of Write For You, offering freelance copywriting services in Cape Town. He is also the content manager for Encounters Travel, a UK-based travel agency who offers adventure tours and small group holidays all over the globe.

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