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Which country should you go to for a wildlife safari in Africa

Africa is a huge continent and everyone you speak to will have their own favourite country to travel to. There is something about Africa that stirs the soul, something that makes you want to come back again and again. Perhaps it is the wildlife, wildlife that makes this continent feel like a proverbial Eden. Perhaps it is the people, so welcoming and lighthearted. Perhaps it is the landscape, so vast and open beneath big skies. Wait... What stirs the soul, is ALL of that.

Here we discuss what you will see in each country where you might go on a wildlife safari in Africa.

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Endless savannas awash in vast numbers of animals; tribal people who bring colour to the land. That is Kenya in a nutshell. As you are in awe of the herds of wildebeest on the Maasai Mara, enjoy yet another glorious African sunset on the plains of Samburu, or spot a leopard in the trees of Nakuru, Kenya will capture you like few other countries do. This is the country of the Maasai, the land of elephants, giraffes, cheetahs and lions.

Why go: stunning wildlife numbers on rolling savannahs. See the Wildebeest Migration in September and October. A huge variety of ecosystems offers a large number of animals species you cannot see anywhere else, including black and both species of white rhino. Tribal communities.

What to know: come prepared for large visitor numbers. Avoid them by staying in private game reserves and smaller tented camps.

No experience is quite like coming eye to eye with mountain gorillas in their natural setting. After you trek through dense jungles and up and down slippery slopes, the hour spent with our closest relatives is one experience you will carry with you for life. All this against the stunning backdrop of volcanoes and terraced farmlands in Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Why go: Pretty landscapes but above all seeing mountain gorillas and other primates.

What to know: gorilla permits are expensive and need to be booked well ahead of your arrival

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Home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the annual wildebeest migration - Tanzania will impress you like no other place. Take a safari through the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Hike your heart out on Mount Kilimanjaro. Get off the beaten track in Ruaha and Selous. End your trip with some fabulous food and stunning beaches on the legendary island of Zanzibar.

Why go: lots of variety in landscapes, stunning wildlife numbers, the wildebeest migration from November through August, and the remote parks in the south. Climb Kilimanjaro.

What to know: the northern parks can get busy but even in the Serengeti you can get off-the-beaten-track - ask us how. Travel to the southern parks and you will see virtually no one else. On Kilimanjaro, avoid the busy Marangu and Machame routes. Time your trip with the right season but don't discount the wet season- it can be a great time to see the Wildebeest Migration.

Botswana's Chobe counts the highest number of elephants in the world. It is the northern end of a huge continuous wilderness area stretching through Moremi to the tranquil Okavango Delta and into the Kalahari Desert. Here animals, including rare species such as rhino and wild dog, roam free, undisturbed by humans. Then there is the surreal Makgadikgadi Salt Pan with its spectacular sunsets and rich birdlife. To top it off, just across the border in Zimbabwe lie the Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world and a staple of any Botswana safari.

Why go: a feeling of African wilderness. Botswana has a plethora of private game reserves giving you the opportunity to see wildlife without other people. See Victoria Falls.

What to know: there are different ways of seeing the country, each with their own price point and experience. Choose the safari that is right for you.

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Tucked away in the south-western corner of Africa, Namibia has some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa - driving the lone roads it is the amazing arid rock formations and desert sands that will stay with you forever. The Fish River Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of Africa, the red sands of some of the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei; the salt pans at Etosha; it is hard to know where to begin. Add to those the unique wildlife like desert rhino, elephants and oryx and you have a destination that is hard to beat.

Why go: get off the beaten track in some incredible desert landscapes.

What to know: don't go to Namibia just for game viewing - there are better choices for that, such as neighbouring Botswana. While there is game in Etosha, and desert elephants can only be found in Namibia, remote deserts are as important of an ingredient as wildlife.

Lions and penguins, traditional African cultures and Western creature comforts, all the Big Five on one morning’s game drive, some of the best food and wine on the planet - all that is South Africa. From metropolitan Cape Town to safaris in the Kruger area, from hiking in the Drakensberg to scenic drives and boat rides along the Garden Route, come and see why this place has been called “The world in one Country”.

Why go: get a sense of what Africa is like without the culture shock. Safaris are but part of the experience here - stunning landscapes, a wide variety of activities and great food are as important

What to know: if seeing wildlife is important, go as late in the dry season (April through October) as possible. Private game reserves are a great way to see the Big Five. Travel to South Africa's south coast and Cape Town can be done year-round, but it gets cool in July and August. Find tours in South Africa

Join us on March 31st for a presentation showing you Africa through the eyes of famed Safari Guide Shaun Strydom. Register at:

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