15 Jan Where Are the Hottest New Spots for African Safaris?

The dream of taking an African safari is one many people have and one that millions of people act on each year. Planning the right trip at the right price can be a challenge when faced with a seemingly endless number of options. Figuring out how best to narrow down the choices is probably the most useful course of action.

So where exactly are people flocking in droves to see the most exquisite sights and experiences on the African continent? It stands to reason that figuring out which locales and countries are the most popular right now may yield the best results.

Let’s take a look at the hottest new spots for African safaris right now so you can effectively plan your next vacation.

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Once completely off the radar of most global travellers, Kenya is increasingly generating tourism revenue due to its massive amount of historical and environmental beauty. With billions each year in revenues pouring in due to tourism, one has to ask: what are people flocking to see?

Evidently, one of the main reasons Kenya is generating a lot of tourism is due the range of safari experiences available there, for example, the Maasai Mara tours are very popular, as from July to October tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebras arrive after migrating to the reserve. It is here that you’ll see hordes of zebras, wildebeest and other exotic animals roaming across the wild lands, along with more notable animals such as lions, elephants and rhinos.

Safaris in Maasai Mara rarely disappoint those who take them, and Kenya currently ranks this region its number one destination for safari tourists visiting the country.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Another top choice for those taking their first African safari, the Kruger National Park in South Africa offers a wide variety of amenities that may be missing in other destinations. For starters, the park is situated in close proximity to civilisation and has well-maintained infrastructure connecting it to the rest of the country. This means you can feasibly drive to the park yourself without the need for a formal guide.

This large game reserve features all of the exotic wildlife you’d expect to see on the African range, including a vast avian selection that is ideal for bird watchers to visit during the (Southern Hemisphere’s) summer months.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Last but not least, those seeking to experience a traditional safari experience can double-up on the fun experienced in Maasai Mara by paying a visit to the Serengeti National Park, which is nearby in Tanzania.

It is this park that has set the scene in so many movies with its picturesque backdrop and wide variety of wildlife. Throughout the summer and autumn locally, the Serengeti is ground zero for the great migrations of wildlife across this section of the continent. With a large number of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores all converging on this location, any safari experience is bound to be both exciting and memorable in the Serengeti.

These three intriguing and lively locales all make for great safari expeditions – and with good reason. Being the most popular destinations at present, you’ll enjoy yourself whether you decide on safaris in Maasai Mara or self-guided tours in South Africa.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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