Wildlife enthusiasts always seek for unique opportunities to experience the wildlife encounter and adventures and safaris is one of the best ways to experience the wildlife where one can watch the animals in natural habitat. When it comes to best African Safari Destinations Southern Africa is, without a doubt in my mind, the best safari in Africa in fact in the world. From the vast, dry plains of Namibia to the never-ending water of the Okavango Delta, Southern Africa boasts all this and everything in between. As a safari guide in South Africa, and having traveled to many of the best National Parks across 8 countries in Southern Africa, I should know!
A Guest Post by Emily Whiting of Safari Guide Diaries
Kruger National Park
No self-respecting list of safari destinations could be complete without the Kruger National Park. As the flagship National Park in Southern Africa, this huge protected region covers an area larger than Israel. It was started by then president Paul Kruger in 1898 largely in response to his realization that over-hunting of wildlife was causing unprecedented damage to animal populations in the area. Nowadays, it has become a wildlife – and tourist – haven. Here you will find the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) alongside many other incredible animals such as wild dog, cheetah, and hippos that makeup just a few of the 753 species in the park.
If you are looking for Kruger National Park accommodations there are several superb lodges based right inside the Kruger itself, as well as many more in the ‘Greater Kruger’ – private land that adjoins the Kruger Park with no fences in between, thus allowing free movement of wildlife. I spent 5 months working in the Kruger itself and had some unbelievable sightings, including one of a female leopard and her 3 cubs. Read about what happened here.
However, this isn’t what puts the Kruger National Park Safari at the top of my list. The best part about this place is affordability. You don’t have to stay at a lodge, paying a fortune for every single game drive. Kruger has a number of rest camps that include smart but simple self-catered accommodation – all the way from budget campsites to ensuite bungalows with a built-in kitchen.
There are storage facilities for those who wish to cook for themselves and excellent restaurants for those who fancy a night off. Then, at the crack of dawn, everyone climbs into their own vehicles and takes themselves on their very own game drive. The roads are a mixture of tar and well-maintained dirt and there are brilliant maps and even useful sightings boards to help direct you to any lion or elephants in the area. This is safari-ing at it’s most stripped-back level and it’s not for everyone, especially first-time visitors to Africa. But, if you’ve got a sense of fun and adventure and aren’t bothered about missing the turn-down service with a chocolate on your pillow, you might just have the time of your life here. Better yet, you can probably afford to do it twice 😉
Chobe National Park
Botswana is famed for its wildlife protection laws and, with many years of strict enforcement and conservation efforts including the removal of all fences, it has become a true wildlife haven. At this moment in time, Botswana contains over one-third of the world’s entire elephant population. Chobe National Park, in the northern region of Botswana, is said to have more elephants than any other park in Africa, with up to 50,000 moving through the 11,700km2 area. Having had some of the best elephant sightings of my life there, I can hardly disagree.
I visited Chobe National Park in 2012, along with many of the other parks mentioned here, and I have to say this was one of my absolute highlights! Named after the Chobe River, this stunning park with its lush life-giving water and vegetation harbors enormous herds of buffalo and a huge diversity of birds and raptors. Lions and wild dog flourish amongst the constant game – this is one of the only places in the world where lions are known to regularly hunt sub-adult elephant. Camping is possible here, however, you should consider using a tough 4×4 vehicle. Better would be to book yourself onto a river cruise safari and see what this incredible area from its very heart.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is another expansive protected area that resides in the northern reaches of Namibia. Most famous for its enormous 5000km2 salt pan that can be seen as far away as Space, Etosha is typically dry and dusty.
However, the few floodlit waterholes – both natural and man-made – have become a hotspot for wildlife sightings. Many an hour or even an entire day or night can be whiled away in one of the waterhole viewing decks, waiting patiently to see what treasures will come. You might even get lucky and spot one of the highlights of this park – the rare, endangered black rhino.
In the summer, the salt pan floods temporarily and becomes a haven for flamingoes and pelican, offering a completely different outlook to this normally barren land. Beyond this, beautiful open grasslands and dense thicket give rise to many different habitats and species, from the common elephant and lion to special sightings like caracal, gemsbok, and bat-eared foxes. As with the Kruger National Park, Etosha has a huge variety of accommodation types, from basic camping to all-out luxury and there is a self-drive option. What are you waiting for?
The Okavango Delta is a place unlike any other. Becoming the 1000th the site added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2014, it is a totally unique and spectacular experience. Beginning in the Angolan highlands, an annual flood of rainfall causes roughly 11 cubic kilometers of water to flow over 1200km into the dry Kalahari desert where, many months later, it will eventually disappear through evaporation. Before that happens, however, this huge rush of water brings life to an otherwise barren desert. Thousands of animals and birds flock to the area, making it one of the best wildlife destinations in the world.
Safaris here are seldom cheap or easy, owing to the difficult terrain and the elite nature of this incredible place. However, if you do decide to go you can choose from a multitude of high-end driving, walking or mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) safaris. Operating mostly in the protected Moremi Game Reserve, the best safaris here are ones that can only be accessed by air. From there you can explore the Okavango’s secret waterways, sparkling lagoons and stunning islands all to the backdrop of the most
beautiful sunsets you will ever see in your life. Not one to miss!
On the northern tip of Zimbabwe lies a much forgotten National Park. Mana Pools is another World Heritage Site and boasts an incredible density of wildlife that thrives on the mighty Zambezi river. Having all the Big 5, including huge herds of elephants, as well as being one of the best places in the world to see my favorite animal, the wild dog, this is the only place on my list that I have not yet visited but am absolutely desperate to go!
If you’ve never heard of a wild dog, or simply want to know more about them, I’ve written a post explaining why they are the most awesome animals in the world – you can read it here. Mana Pools is also the only game reserve in Southern Africa where you can take unguided walks, although I would only recommend this if you have some experience in walking with dangerous game.
It is also the only game reserve in Southern Africa where you can take unguided walks, although I would only recommend this if you have some experience in walking with dangerous game. Otherwise, you can take an unguided canoe trip down the Zambezi river, or just do the normal camping and self-drive experience. But, if you don’t fancy doing it yourself, don’t worry. Mana Pools has some incredible upmarket lodges that offer a host of guided activities that promise to make your trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience no matter how many times you have visited Southern Africa.
We asked our fellow travel bloggers to share some of their favorite African safari destinations and here they are. Make sure to add a few of these to your bucket list too:
Addo Elephant National Park
South Africa is home to excellent national parks, so it can be hard to pick exactly which park visit. For me, the idea of an Addo Elephant National Park safari was an easy decision. Elephants? Yes, please. Addo is home to over 600 elephants, so you are guaranteed to have excellent sightings here. Addo is also home to over 400 cape buffalo and even a handful of lions.
By Erin Mushaway from Sol Salute
Addo Elephant National Park is only a half-hour drive from Port Elizabeth and not far from the famous Garden Route. You can either fly directly into Port Elizabeth or tack a visit to Addo onto the end of your Garden Route road trip. The main rest camp inside the park is very comfortable, with chalets and rondavels that are perfect for couples or families alike. If you’d prefer to stay outside of the park, Colchester is just south of Addo and is also right by the coast (two for one!).
Game viewing in Addo is a great experience. The park features a number of watering holes strategically located right near the roads. We would end up parked near them for hours at a time, watching the animals drink, swim and play in the water. At one point, at least one hundred elephants descended on a particularly large watering hole. We watched them come in a sort of parade, one after the other, mothers guiding their babies and the alpha male standing proudly on the road guarding their crossing. Watching the babies splash in the puddles and adolescents play-fight in the water was the best safari experience of our trip! If you’re looking for an accessible safari destination near Cape Town or the Garden Route, don’t look any further than Addo Elephant National Park.
Serengeti National Park
For the wanderlust travelers, going on a safari in Tanzania is one of the most remarkable travel experiences. With many National Parks to choose from, the best place to visit is Serengeti National Park.
What we love about Serengeti is the high chances of seeing animals roaming around in the vast plains. Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration and it didn’t disappoint. Can you imagine seeing thousands of zebras and wildebeests clustered in a line to head to their next destination along the trail? It’s an amazing sight!
By Jackie Szeto & Justin Huynh from Life Of Doing
Another eye-opening experience is seeing the interactions between animals. We saw a pride of lions eat a wildebeest for breakfast. Luckily we didn’t have to see the death of the wildebeest. Yet, it was interesting to see how the jackals, hyenas, and birds strategizing to grab scraps of meat while avoiding the lions’ wrath (mostly from the male lion). Other beautiful animals that we saw along our safari were birds, jaguars, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, and more.
To get to Serengeti, travelers must register for a tour. Your driver will act as your guide and wildlife spotter. The minimum number of days to stay here is two days. We had four days and thought it was the perfect amount of time. For your overnight accommodations, choose from camping or lodge option. Camping is a more affordable option and you’ll have a cook to prepare meals. The luxurious lodges are a good way to end your day of sightseeing and you may see wildlife from your balcony.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
One of the best safari destinations in Africa is Phinda Private Game Reserve, in South Africa. The reserve is managed by And Beyond, a luxury tour operator with a strong focus on responsible travel. It is located at about 3 hours drive from Durban, in KwaZulu Natal, and it can be reached by car, though guests also have the chance of getting charter flights from all over the country as there is a private airstrip.
Phinda is guaranteed to provide an incredible safari experience, as there are high chances of seeing all the Big Five. On a lucky safari day, one can see animals such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, buffalos and hippos, wildebeest, zebras, and even black and white rhinos.
By Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World
A typical game drive starts at 5 AM when the day is still cool and animals are still active and this more easily spotted. In the early morning, there are higher chances of admiring hunting scenes, ie cheetahs hunting down an impala. Guests are taken back to the lodges for breakfast, and can then either relax or get out of the reserve to visit local villages. The next game drive is in the afternoon, leaving at 4 PM and going back to the lodges after sunset.
During the game drives, along with a ranger, there also is a tracker, whose role is to look for tracks and to smell the air to find out where animals are.
Phinda is an expensive destination for safaris, but it’s worth every cent invested.
Samburu National Reserve
When it comes to going on safari in Kenya, the Samburu National Reserve is a bit of an insider secret. It’s an ideal location for a second or third-time safari, perfect for those who have already been to the more popular game reserves and national parks such as the Masai Mara or Amboseli.
In the Samburu, which is just a short flight in a light bush plane from Nairobi Wilson Airport, the landscape consists of wide savannahs punctuated by rocky escarpments, lofty peaks, and dry riverbeds. But it’s the animals that are the main attraction. Yes, you’ll see multiple lions, elephants and even leopards, but it’s the ‘Samburu Special Five’ that are the real draw. They are the Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Besia Oryx and last, but certainly not least, the Gerenuk which is an antelope that stands on its hind legs to eat the young, green leafy shoots from higher tree branches. Quite a peculiar sight indeed.
By Heather Cole from Conversant Traveller
We love the Samburu Reserve because it’s far less crowded than other places in Kenya, and rather than having to share wildlife sightings with countless other safari vehicles, we had them all to ourselves. The bush breakfasts here are fabulous too, often on the banks of the old dry riverbed, watching a whole host of animals make their way along in search of water.
It was also really interesting seeing the herds of Samburu cattle being taken to drink along the same route, often in long straight lines, with the bells around their necks ringing in the distance. We loved the Masai Mara, but the Samburu is definitely our favorite place to go on a more exclusive safari in Kenya.
Majete National Park
Majete National Park is Malawi’s only Big Five park, and until 2003 when African Parks took over its management, it was a heavily poached reserve and the animal population was almost decimated. Things are on the up though with a recent lion-reintroduction program, the erection of a perimeter fence, an upgrade of accommodation and roads, and extensive conservation research.
As part of our self-drive Malawi itinerary, we allowed for an afternoon and morning game drive, camping the night in between. The area that you can drive around is relatively small (pick up a map from the entrance gate). On both game drives, we saw lots of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, impala, and warthogs.
By Jenny Lynn from TraveLynn Family
The vegetation is rather thick, so drive slowly as you never know what’s around the next corner! We didn’t spot any lions, but we barely saw anyone else on our game drive and any encounter with wildlife felt intimate.
It’s a 2-hour drive to the gates of Majete National Park from Blantyre; prepare yourselves for a bumpy, corrugated road for the last half hour. There’s a great campsite with level grassy pitches and a thatched dining area (although no power). Stock up on food in Blantyre, although there is a restaurant attached to lodges as well as a swimming pool for cooling off (only for use if purchasing food). Be warned that the campsite is not fenced and the local wildlife may wander through, although there is a ranger on duty overnight. We fell asleep with warthogs grunting around the car (thankfully we slept in roof tents)!
The Masai Mara Triangle
The Masai Mara Triangle is known to be the best place for a safari in Kenya, maybe even of Africa! In this small area in the south-west of the country, right at the border to Tanzania’s Serengeti national park, you can easily spot all wildlife Kenya has to offer. I’ve seen hundreds of different animals and 4 of the famous “Big 5” during my two-days safari. My highlight was watching two cheetahs attacking a herd of wildebeests (yes, they were successful…). I’ve probably never felt closer to nature and like I’d be in a national geographic documentary! The park is especially famous when the Great Migration takes place (keep in mind that the park will also be more crowded during this time).
By Patrick Muntzinger from German Backpacker
The Masai Mara Triangle is incredible, but also more expensive than some of the other safari parks in Kenya. However, this also means generally fewer tourists! In order to save money, you can go camping in the park (if you’re adventurous enough!). I did it and it’s been a great experience, although it’s been quite an interesting feeling to sleep in the middle of the national park while hearing the lions roaring outside. Therefore, it’s mandatory to hire two local security guards for the night (they haven’t been there when we got surprised by a hippo in our camp in the afternoon though!). As you can see, a safari in the Masai Mara Triangle will certainly be an experience to remember!
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa were joined to form a single entity, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The unique landscapes formed by red sand dunes, thinly distributed vegetation and dry riverbeds form one of the best places in the world to see the big cats; lion, leopard, and cheetah.
Camping is the best way to experience the park, sitting around the fire admiring the night sky and listening to the hyenas laughing or a lion roaring close by is an unreal experience. The Big Five do not live here with no elephants, rhinos or buffaloes, it is, however, an excellent place to see the top of the food chain predators in action. This is the park to come to if you want to see the African cats, non-more popular than the majestic black-maned Kalahari lions.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is home to smaller inhabitants of the Kalahari; the bat-eared fox, meerkat, ground squirrel, and the beautiful cape fox; and you can even spot a Honey Badger (Ratel) or Pangolin (Scaly Anteater).
By Campbell and Alya from Stingy Nomads
You can visit this amazing park all year round, it gets very busy during school holidays, June and July is the dry season it gets very cold at night, but is a great time for predator sightings. It is very exciting driving to the waterholes, watching predators and scavengers such as hyenas, jackals and the birds of prey interact in this unique landscape teeming with predators.
Kidepo National Park
When it comes to safari destinations in Africa, Kidepo National Park in Uganda doesn’t usually make the list of top spots, but that’s exactly what makes Kidepo so special. Tucked away in Northern Uganda, Kidepo National Park is as off the beaten track as it gets. It may be the most remote National Park in Uganda, but it is also arguably the best place for wildlife viewing in the country.
By Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel
Kidepo is home to a variety of animals, 80 species of mammals (28 of which are not found in any other Ugandan National Park), 460 species of birds, 58 types of raptors, and a healthy population of the Big Four. There are no rhinos in Kidepo, but there is a large concentration of elephants, zebras, buffaloes, bushbucks, giraffes, lions, jackals, leopards, hyenas, and many other animals.
To get the most of your safari in Kidepo National Park, we recommend staying inside the park, at Apoka Safari Lodge to take advantage of an opportunity to go out on sunrise and sunset drives throughout the park. We also advise staying for at least 2-3 days to give yourselves plenty of time to explore all corners of the park and an opportunity to see lots of wildlife.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is a small nature reserve that shares unfenced borders with Kruger National Park. This means that the wildlife in Kruger are completely free to wander in and out of the reserve as they please, though plenty of animals have decided to stay and call Klaserie home. It’s possible to spot all of the Big 5 as well as hippo, giraffe and many more including the incredibly rare African wild dogs.
By Anna Hall from Would Be Traveller
You can reach Klaserie by first flying into Johannesburg. From there, it’s possible to drive to Klaserie in 6 hours or so, though we opted to take a shared minibus through a company called Ashton’s. The minibus dropped us off in nearby Hoedspruit where we met a representative from our lodge, Africa on Foot that picked us up and drove us the final few miles into the reserve.
The lodges treat guests to traditional jeep safaris, but what makes Klaserie really special is that it’s also possible to head out into the bush with highly trained guides on walking safaris and bush walks too. It was for this reason that we chose Klaserie out of all the other places to go on safari in Africa. On our safari, we had some incredible wildlife encounters including an up-close-and-personal meeting with a group of three rhino whilst on foot (don’t worry – it was all completely safe!) We also witnessed a pack of wild dogs stalking an impala, and then eventually caught up with it after the kill too. What a thing to see!
Being a private reserve, only a limited number of visitors are allowed into the reserve at a time, and you do need to be staying in the reserve to enter it. This means you won’t find people driving their own cars and blocking your view – you’ll have the ultimate safari experience as you observe the wildlife in relative peace and quiet.
Tsavo National Park
Of all the safari destinations in Kenya, Tsavo is the one that most resembles those famed ‘Lion King’ vistas. The Mara has its straw-colored fields of endless savannah. Ol Pejeta has green hills that speak to me of England. But Tsavo is blood red soil, interjected with bright green Acacia trees and the occasional otherworldly silhouette of the Baobabs. Kilimanjaro towers over the plains and escarpments, watching the best of Africa’s natural world at its feet.
By Nadine Murphy from The Expat Mummy
Tsavo is vast, 13,747 square km to be exact, and home to all of the big five, but especially famed for elephants. It’s one of the best places in the world for game viewing. Peppered with exclusive resorts. They will hurt your wallet but give you that authentic ‘Out of Africa’ feel, as you sip Dawes whilst watching the animals at the watering holes. It’s also possible to do it on the cheap as there are a few campsites and the odd Airbnb. Camping in the bush is one of the most terrifying but exhilarating experiences. Nothing quite equals listening to lions roar just a few meters away with only thin canvas between you.
Tsavo is in fact divided into two, Tsavo East and Tsavo West, even locals will tell you there is little between them. Best to pick your resort and head there, as the animals and types of habitat are the same, as is the price of entry.
Tsavo is an easy 4-hour drive from Nairobi, easy in that the road is straight but intimidating when faced with four hours of Kenyan truck drivers and their death-defying attempts to overtake. It’s also possible to charter a small plane from Wilsons airport and land and one of the airstrips within the park.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Vast plains lead toward the horizon where the big five and hundreds of bird species and mammals roam. Madikwe Game Reserve stretches for over 680km2 and lies roughly four hours drive north of Johannesburg. The reserve has a number of game lodges ranging from budget right through to the ultra-luxurious meaning there’s somewhere fit for everyone regardless of your budget or taste. During my time in Madikwe, we stayed at Tau Game Lodge where a water hole attracted herds of elephants, dazzles of zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, and crocodiles. It’s somewhere you could spend hours just sitting on the balcony while observing the animal kingdom stroll by.
By Lisa Michele Burns of The Wandering Lens
On safari, there’s, of course, no guarantee you’ll see any animals at all but in my experience, the rangers are so experienced that it’ll be hard not to see anything. Flying in from Johannesburg to the small Madikwe airstrip located on the western side of the reserve, we were treated to a sighting of almost every animal on our forty-minute drive to the lodge.
Madikwe is malaria-free making it a relaxing reserve to wander through either on self-drive safari’s or with your lodge on a guided tour. The mornings can be misty and chilly, even in the height of summer however this results in beautiful photography opportunities to capture the wildlife waking up and walking through the fog.
Being the fifth largest reserve in South Africa, Madikwe is a popular choice for those looking to escape the crowds of the larger, more well-known destinations. There is no migration here which means you can visit and take a game drive any time of the year. The wet season is from October to April however during my recent visit in December we had clear skies, cool mornings and warm summer days to spend by the pool.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in the northeast of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although the park began life in 1934, the park was significantly reduced in size following the genocide and reduced in size by half to its current size. A joint venture with African Parks in 2010 has seen Akagera National Park return to life with the return of larger animals such as leopard, hyena, lion and black rhino. After the introduction of the black rhino earlier this year, Akagera National Park has regained its ‘Big 5’ status.
By Karen Beddow from Mini Travellers
Akagera National Park is beautiful that cannot be doubted and is home to an inordinate amount of birds, official sources say close to 500 species, but the big game is harder to see. Whilst the size of the park has been reduced, the number of animals that call Akagera home has yet to return to its pre-genocide numbers, meaning the animals can hide easily if they decide to do so. So why should you go?
You should go because you could still in 2018/2019 pretty much have the place to yourselves. You can spend time on the lake and not see another soul, you can eat breakfast just you and the hippos and you can be there to support the place grow.
Nairobi National Park
Fancy visiting the only National Park in Africa with a city skyline as a backdrop?
Nairobi National Park, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, has it all. Just a short drive from the downtown area is a vast park of 117 sq. km with plentiful wildlife, with all the big hitters, represented with the exception of elephants. The park was created in the 1940s to provide the animals with a safe haven away from the city and discourage them from wandering into populated areas; today an electric fence separates the wildlife from the city, but the park’s size gives the animals ample space to roam free.
By Jill Bowdery from Reading the Book Travel
In addition to the traditional game drives through the park, there are a number of attractions to be visited on its outskirts. The Giraffe Centre on the northern edge of the park was established in 1979 to save the rare Rothschild Giraffe, found only in this region of Africa; today visitors can learn about the giraffes and even get up close and personal, although the giraffes themselves roam free. Close by is the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where orphaned elephants from all over Kenya are raised to adulthood in a safe environment. The Nairobi orphanage specializes in the very young elephants, and it is a joy to watch them be bottle fed by orphanage staff and enjoy playtime in the mud. Visiting times are strictly limited to ensure the animals’ experience as little disruption as possible.
A visit to Nairobi National Park is easily combined with a visit to the capital, or even as part of an overnight layover for flights transitting through Nairobi. For longer stays, it is a worthy addition to some of the other Kenyan parks, and the views of animals with the city skyscrapers in the distance is truly not to be missed.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
The small kingdom of Swaziland might not be the first destination you think about when planning an African safari. However, we think you should definitely give it a bash. Have a look here at all the beautiful places we visited so far in Swaziland.
Sometime back I was lucky enough to be invited by Biggameparks of Swaziland to visit all their game reserves. I had already been to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and to Hlane Wildlife Reserve but during this trip, I would also have the wonderful opportunity to explore Mkhaya Game Reserve which is the most exclusive reserve in Swaziland.
By Jessy Lipperts from PlanetPilgrims
From OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg it is about 450 km / 6 hours drive to the reception. This is about the same distance as to get from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park so you should really consider the option of visiting Swaziland and Mkhaya Game Reserve instead and enjoy a topnotch luxury safari for a very friendly budget.
Once you arrive at the designated meeting point, you will leave your car and the capable guides of Mkhaya Game Reserve will come to fetch you in their 4×4 open safari vehicles. This is when your amazing safari adventure starts.
Stone Camp at Mkhaya only has 13 ‘open’ cottages so it can only accommodate a very limited amount of guests which is another advantage of this beautiful place. Children under 10 are not catered for and children under 13 are not allowed on their famous bush walks where you will look for Rhinos. Mkhaya is possibly the best place in Africa where you can still spot the Black Rhino in the wild. Your stay will include all your meals and safari activities and it will most probably be one of your best travel memories and certainly your best African safari memory.
Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park is located roughly 5 hours from the famous Victoria Falls. You will have no regrets venturing off the beaten path and experiencing a rawer untouristic experience of Zimbabwe. You may even be the only guests in the park with a reputation for a high effort in Rhino conservation. It is the oldest National Park established in 1926. It is so much more than just a visit to spot some wildlife. You will get to take a walk through ancient and colonial history. The geographical features are also very unique with jawdropping Granite balancing rocks.
By Petro Marais from World Mission 196
For a day trip, you can visit the nearby town Bulawayo or also visit Khami Ruins. Don’t be shocked when you realize there is no fence surrounding your campsite. With some wit and safety precautions, you will have a once in a lifetime experience.
Boredom is not something to be experienced here with plenty of activities available such as Hiking, Fishing, Boating, Gaming, Horse Riding, and visiting historical sites. There are 7 campsites available to choose from in the 424 square mile park. Keep in mind all food and drink should be purchased prior. Despite being the oldest park tourist facilities are limited. Sadly due to more recent political instability tourist numbers have declined. The locals are welcoming and helpful. In fact out of all the Southern African countries perhaps the most welcoming. If you have your heart set on viewing rhinoceros Matoba National Park should not be missed!
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