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Top African Safari Destinations

Posted by Fodor's Editors on October 26, 2010 at 5:53:27 PM EDT | Post a Comment

Are you dreaming of an Out of Africa experience or capturing the Big Five—buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino—on film? Every day of an African safari is truly unforgettable, from early-morning game drives to amazing stargazing. To inspire your own adventure, here are our top regions to explore. African-Safari-Elephants-Kilimanjaro.jpg Kenya Part of what's known as East Africa, you can expect golden lions, red-robed warriors, snowcapped mountains, pristine white beaches, orange sunsets, and coral-pink dawns. You'll also experience some of the world's most famous safari destinations—Masai Mara, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Rift Valley—and world-class beach destinations like Diani Beach and the tiny town of Lamu. See our Kenya destination guide» Tanzania Also part of East Africa, Tanzania attracts far fewer tourists than Kenya and South Africa, which is remarkable especially since it boasts some of Africa's greatest tourist attractions—the Serengeti, the Great Migration, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, and Lake Victoria. See our Tanzania destination guide» South Africa Africa's most developed country, at the very tip of the continent, is many worlds in one: modern bustling cities, ancient rock art, gorgeous beaches, fabulous game lodges, well-run national parks, mountain ranges, desert, and winelands. It's home to Kruger National Park and the Kwa-Zulu Natal reserves. See our South Africa destination guide» Botswana The country itself is a natural wonder with terrains that vary from vast salt pans to the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta. Expect lots of game, few tourists, and stars brighter than you'll ever see—the Kalahari Bushmen say that you can hear them sing. See our Botswana destination guide» Namibia From the Namib Desert—the earth's oldest—to the fog-enshrouded Skeleton Coast, from the great game park of Etosha to Damaraland's stark beauty and desert elephants, to bustling small cities with a fascinating mix of colonial and modern, you've never visited anywhere quite like Namibia. See our Namibia destination guide» Victoria Falls Shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, Vic Falls, as it’s fondly called, is one of the natural wonders of the world, unsurpassed by anything. Dr. Livingstone's description still holds good: "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The adventure center of Africa, adrenaline junkies can try everything from bungee jumping and white-water rafting, to canoeing, rappelling, and jet skiing. See our Victoria Falls destination guide» More Safari Planning Photo Credit: Elephants and Mt. Kilimanjaro by oversnap/iStockPhoto

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