Africa is a splendid continent that is home to millions of animals – you just need to know where to find them. Here are five must-see places for any wildlife enthusiast.
Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger Region, South Africa
A visit to South Africa isn’t complete without experiencing a larger-than-life safari. The Greater Kruger is renowned for its richness of wildlife which includes the celebrated Big 5: lion; rhino; leopard; elephant and buffalo. Also, keep your eyes peeled for more elusive animals such as wild dogs, serval cats and pangolins.
It’s a privilege to see these animals in their natural habitat – and the award-winning Pondoro Game Lodge is the perfect place for a luxurious, authentic safari journey. The lodge is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Guests are treated to exclusive game drives by knowledgeable trackers/guides – each cruiser takes a maximum of eight people, ensuring an elite wildlife-viewing experience at one of the most revered game lodges in South Africa.
Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Sossusvlei is arguably Namibia’s greatest attraction. The white, salt and clay pan is situated at the end of the Tsauchab River’s course in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It’s surrounded by sun-scorched red dunes which reach up to 400 metres (some of the highest in the world). It offers avid photographers the chance to capture images that are exclusive to this African terrain. Dune 45 is the famous star-shaped sand dune that visitors are allowed to climb. This is an ultimate test of endurance, be prepared to sweat!
Namibia is notorious for being an arid area, and the Tsauchab River often cannot flow into the pan. However, during an exceptional rainy season, the pan fills with water flowing down from the Naukluft Mountains. The pan is turned into a majestic lake. Its beauty needs to be seen to be believed.
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Maasai Mara National Reserve is considered to be Africa’s most diverse eco-system. The region is renowned for the Great Migration of wildebeest. Every year, millions of wildebeest begin their journey in a clockwise route starting in the Serengeti. The mammoth animals make their way into the Maasai Mara late July /early-August to October. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable natural event.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
The iconic Ngorongoro Crater is located in Tanzania. It’s the largest inactive, unbroken volcano on the planet. It erupted approximately two-million years ago, is around 610m deep and spans 260km2.
The volcano, having collapsed and eroded, has become a highland area and is now home to one of the most sensational wildlife hotspots. It’s been documented that almost 30,000 animals including leopard, cheetah, elephant and hyena to warthog and buffalo inhabit the area around the crater.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the number-one destination to see gorillas, monkeys and other primates in their natural habitat. Make sure you’re prepared and physically fit; it’s a taxing journey.
Your voyage will consist of trekking through dense jungle, and you may walk for hours before you find any primates, but when you do catch your first glimpse of them, it will be worth it. There is nothing that compares to seeing a silverback gorilla relaxing in a cool nook and naughty chimps swinging effortlessly through the trees. Make sure that you have your camera ready to snap these wonderful moments.