Wildlife Parks in Africa
There is something about the beauty of Africa that catches the eye and the sensations of the soul. It is the most beautiful and elaborate landscape on the planet. Whether it is your first time in the continent or an old Safari goer, the African wildlife and the Saharan landscapes never fail to get under your skin. The continent’s natural beauty is not defined by lush waterfalls or refreshing greenery but it can still captivate your mind to its fullest. The beauty of Africa unfolds in its several national parks and game reserves as there are over fifty national parks in Africa for you to enjoy the wildlife in Africa. Still, we shall show you the ten best national parks out of these fifty for you to explore and travel. Prepare your camera and get ready to ride off to the daunting mixtures of thrilling wildlife safaris and encounters, breathtaking sceneries, and many once in a lifetime experiences! If you want to trek Volcanic craters, sight leopards catching prey, or witness Flamingoes basking in the sun, we have got you all covered in Africa.
Wildebeest Migration Wildlife Parks in Africa
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Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) – Apart from being one of the most famous national parks in Africa and the world, Serengeti National Park is also a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Such is the beauty of flora and fauna in Serengeti National Park that many even consider it to be a part of the eight wonders of the world. This national park serves to protect and preserve a major part of the country’s wildlife, flora and fauna. One of the most thrilling wildlife feats that take place every year here in Serengeti is the great Wildebeest migration, where about six million of these mighty beasts take part in this forty-kilometer long ritual that has existed for over millennia. Serengeti National Park is one of the best national parks in Africa owing to the Wildebeest migration every year and the perfect natural balance between predator and prey. If you are lucky enough, you will also spot lions and wolves on the chase.
Etosha National Park (Namibia) – This national park is Namibia’s premier most national park and is among the best national parks in Africa for spotting cheetahs. It has been made a game reserve since 1907 when efforts were made to repopulate the region after a large number of game animals like Lions and Elephants were hunted almost to the point of extinction. When here at this South African national park, visitors can go camping, embark on extended Wildlife Safaris to witness wildlife in Africa, and find animals in their own natural habitat. From zebras to Cheetahs, to Elephants, to Black Rhinoceroses, there is an enormous number of species living here in this national park, within its boundaries. Other than wildlife, Etosha National Park is known for its highly hypnotic landscapes such as Savannahs, grasslands, dolomite hills, dry lake beds and many more.
Pink Flamingos Wildlife Parks in Africa
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Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya) – The Lake Nakuru National Park, eponym of Lake Nakuru, has a high density of Algae present which attracts millions of Pink Flamingos here every year. This is why the park has often been deemed as the ‘Bird Watcher’s Paradise’! Other than the Flamingos, the park also harbours an ecologically broad spectrum of animal species such as the White Rhinos, Baboons, Warthogs, Cheetahs, Giraffe and many more species. While being a relatively new name on the list of the National Parks in Kenya and Africa, the Lake Nakuru National Park was enlarged to help the rare and endangered Black Rhino find a sanctuary. Other bird species that can be spotted here are the pied Kingfisher, the African Fish Eagle, and the Goliath Heron.
Buffaloes Wildlife Parks in Africa
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Kruger National Park (South Africa) – The Kruger National Park in South Africa was established in the year 1978. It is among the most popular national parks and game reserves in the South African subcontinent owing to its astounding population of the African big five which consist of the Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffaloes and the Leopards. Like many national parks in Africa, the Kruger National Park also takes pride in being a grassroots animal breeding and conservation area. Other than wildlife spotting, visitors can also explore the incredibly unique and highly historical and archaeological sites within the boundaries of this park and witness pre-historic artefacts such as ancient Bushman paintings. Other than that, the Kruger National Park is also one of the best equipped National Parks in Africa due to the web cameras showing live animal activities, the gas stations, signposts and the restaurants which serve great African food.
Virunga National Park Wildlife Parks in Africa
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Virunga National Park (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) – The tourists who are looking for enormous biodiversity should look forward to the Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This national park is also the first national park of Africa. Visitors will be enthralled to witness rainforests, volcanoes, mountains with Glacial Peaks, Savannahs, Swamps and much more at this highly biologically diverse part of the African subcontinent. When you climb to the top of the Nyiragongo Volcano, you will be able to see a three-sixty degree view of the largest volcanic lake in the world. In fact, this National Park was featured in the 2014 documentary called ‘Virunga’ which showcased the park’s effort to protect the nearly extinct and rare mountain gorillas that live there. The motion picture also showed how dedicatedly the forest rangers work hard every day to ward off poachers. The Virunga National Park is also home to chimpanzees and lowland Gorillas.
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Namib – Naukluft National Park (Namibia) – The Namib – Naukluft National Park in Namibia is home to the Sossusvlei clay and the salt pan, Naukluft Mountains and part of the Namib desert in Namibia. Among many of the major factors drawing people to this national park is that this is the largest national park in Africa and the world, and its most striking feature are its orange sand-dunes. One can easily spot really interesting wild creatures in this national park such as Hyenas, Jackals, rare insects, Snakes and Geckos despite the aridity of the region. The location of Namib – Naukluft National Park is close to the Atlantic coast, which helps this park extract the right amount of moisture to sustain its creatures and the animals living here.
Amboseli National Park (Kenya) – Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name ‘Amboseli’ comes from a Maasai word meaning ‘salty dust’, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
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Ngorongoro National Park (Tanzania) – The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as multiple land-use areas, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practising traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.
Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) – If you are tired of the dry Saharan deserts and the unending arid vegetation on your Safaris, then head to Hwange National Park to visit the world’s tallest waterfall, Victoria Falls. The park is an abode to over five hundred species of animals and birds that reside in this unique ecosystem of forests right at the edge of the Kalahari desert. One is sure to find a great number of elephants in Hwange National Park if not anything else. After the tragic death of a famed lion Cecil in a poaching incident, the park authorities are taking every necessary step to prevent such awful acts taking place in this beautiful and diverse ecological South African National Park.
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Lake Manyara National Park (Tanzania) – Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than four hundred species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience, as the park also features a ground-water forest, acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto. Troops of several hundred olive baboons appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otters, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.
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