The 5 best African safaris
If you're anything like us at Follow Alice, you're always searching for your next adventure trip. Well, look no further. Africa is calling your name! If it isn't already, bump an African safari right up to the top of your bucket list.
Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Masai Mara National Reserve The Okavango Delta There is nothing quite like an African safari. It's a real once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Serengeti National Park
The rich ecosystem that thrives in the Serengeti is one of the oldest in the world.
Best time to visit the Serengeti
1. Seronera Valley region
Also known as Central Serengeti Most popular section of the park Vegetation consists of savanna plains, decorated with widely spread baobab and acacia trees Highest concentration of wildlife in the park Suitable to visit all year round The migration can be seen in this region between April and November
2. The Western Corridor region
It is more remote than Seronera Valley Best known for the Grumeti River Home to a healthy population of hippopotamus and crocodiles Landscape of dark clay soil and a higher density in forests and bush vegetation The great migration passes through the Grumeti River in a dramatic setting for the millions of animals embarking on their annual relocation – this happens between May and July
3. Northern Serengeti region
This area of the park is considered the most remote in location Quieter of the Serengeti regions (great for avoiding crowds) Vegetation consist of sprawling plains and woodlands The only consideration to this region of the park is that it requires long distance travelling Between July and September, visitors can witness the wildebeest migration embarking on one of the most dangerous challenges of their journey – crossing over the Mara River where hungry crocs await!
Ngorongoro Crater wildlife
Best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater
June to October
The weather is great (though on the hot side) Little to no rain The grass is dry and short, which is great for game spotting Can get a bit crowded
November to May
This is the wet season, so there are rainy days The landscape is lush and pretty This is calving season, so you can spot baby animals Many migratory birds can be spotted Fewer visitors, so less crowding Nights can be cold
Ultimately, deciding when to go will depend on your preference and what you are hoping to experience.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The majestic mountain gorilla
Gorillas share 98% of their DNA with humans and the presence of these endangered primates can be a truly fascinating experience.
What animals will I see in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?
the gorgeous little dusky crimsonwing, which lives in the Albertine Rift montane forests of East Africa and nowhere else the yellow-eyed black flycatcher, also native to the Albertine Rift montane forests the colourful bar-tailed trogon
When is the best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?
March to May and September to November This season is very wet and misty The trek can be a muddy escapade Mist can make it difficult to spot the gorillas
June to August and December to February Considered the best time to go Better trekking conditions, as the ground is drier Can get quite cold in the thick of the forest, so be sure to pack some warm layers
Keep in mind ...
Only a very limited number of trekking permits are issued a day, so plan your trip well in advance!
Masai Mara National Reserve
The friendly relationship between the Masai Mara and Serengeti Parks has helped to protected the rich biodiversity of the East Africa region.
What animals will I see in Masai Mara?
When is the best time to visit Masai Mara?
June to October
Peak season Dry season The weather is great, though hot, with little to no rain The grass is dry and short, which makes wildlife viewing much easier The park can get a bit crowded, with long waits at the gates
November to May
Wet season The scenery is lush and beautiful There will, of course, be some rainy days You can spot many migratory birds A relatively empty park Very cold in the mornings and the evenings
The Okavango Delta
What animals will I see in the Okavango Delta?
When is the best time to visit the Okavango?
Peak season May to October The seasonal floods take place in the dry season (you read right!) High concentration of wildlife at the waterholes and rivers Little to no rain Fewer mosquitoes It gets very cold when the sun goes down
Off-peak season November to April The scenery is green Expect lower rates Calving season Relentless rain that can continue for days Many areas become inaccessible and close for the season It's summer and can get extremely hot