Africa is a continent of contrasts. From the sandy Sahara desert to tropical rainforests and vast open plains, Africa something to suit everyone any time of the year.
A safari in Africa is perhaps one of the most alluring holiday options available for tourists around the world. A safari gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience all the magic that this beautiful continent has to offer.
Of course, with options come choices. If you’re looking for an African safari, where do you start? How do you know what’s best for you? What are the must see sights of Africa?
3 Unforgettable African Safari experiences
1). Kenya – Wildebeest Migration
The Wildebeest Migration is one of Africa’s most eagerly anticipated events. This dramatic show takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is definitely one of the greatest wildlife stories on the planet.
Across the vast open plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, an astonishing number of wildebeest and zebra voyage in search of new pastures. This migration with the change of season is an important part of the living cycle, which has a massive effect on their entire bionetwork as it sets off a chain reaction across multiple tiers of the ecosystem.
It is a rather unpredictable event, and there is considerable variation in timing from year to year.
Between June and August is often the best time to see this somewhat spontaneous natural wonder… the huge herds of wildebeest massing near the banks of the Grumeti River, in preparation of the momentous crossing.
Where to witness the spectacle
Sarova Mara Camp
Located outside Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the Sarova Mara camp is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams. Facilities include a dining area, a swimming pool and curio shop. The camp, consisting of 75 tents, has 24-hour electricity and a shower with hot and cold running water.
Governors Camp is situated in the northern Masai Mara and offers a perfect setting in which to witness the epic migration. The entire safari camp is under canvas and the 38 tents are in the classic safari style.
2). A Big Five Safari in Africa
The big five safari is perhaps the quintessential safari experience.
The “Big Five” are the elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo and these magnificent beasts exude a grand presence that very quickly makes you realise just why they are so special.
It is a rare experience to see all of these animals in one place, but in a select few places in Africa, the amazing diversity of the bushveld makes it a real possibility.
To see all of the big five on safari, with the animals in their natural habitat, is an inspirational experience that will stay with you forever.
Where to see the big five:
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve South Africa
Sabi Sabi Game Lodges [http://sabisabi.com/factsheet.php] are situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It represents the ultimate in luxury safaris, offering an experience to remember with its amazing combination of five star luxury and wildest Africa.
The reserve is blessed with phenomenal biodiversity and provides and excellent chance of close encounters with the ‘Big 5’ as well as other interesting creatures like the wild dog and cheetah.
3). Fishing Safari – Hooking the biggest fish of your life
Fishing in Africa is remarkable. Whether you’re a fresh water enthusiast or after that elusive trophy gamefish; whether you’re a fly-fishing fanatic or a spinning specialist, Africa is home to the type of fish you love to catch.
When it comes to fishing, any serious fisherman knows that the fight factor is a huge one, and the world’s most powerful freshwater fighter, the tigerfish, is only one of the numerous African fish which will test your skill and equipment. The only thing as important as the fight, is the size.
Does size matter? To a fisherman you better believe it does! The Nile Perch is one of the world’s largest freshwater fish. Native to the Lake Chad, Congo, Nile, Senegal, Volta, Lake Turkana and other river basins, it reaches a maximum length of nearly two metres and can weigh as much as 200 kg – this is one seriously big fish!
A fishing safari in Africa is a fisherman’s dream come true and the kind of African safari experience that you’ll remember forever.
Where to fish
This is a place where many the first time visitor catches the biggest fish they’ve ever caught. It promises an angling adventure they will never forget. Lake Nasser is the greatest venue in the world for wild Nile perch, while your line is in the water you never know if the next fish is going to be an average sized fish or a 200lb monster.
Lake Victoria Uganda
This is another hotspot for Nile Perch fishing. The nearby Ssese Islands, a small cluster of over 80 islands off Entebbe, Uganda, are a largely uninhabited paradise.
They are covered in thick, tropical forests and fish of over 80 kg have been caught. The main methods of fishing in the lake are; trolling with lures, fly fishing, and live bait. Apart from the Nile perch, local tilapia and large catfish are often caught.
These three magical experiences, while certainly not the only magic that Africa has to offer, are without doubt some of the most memorable you’re likely to find anywhere in the world.
Witnessing the age-old migratory trek of huge herds of Wildebeest, seeing the majesty of the Big Five up close or hooking the 200lb Nile Perch you’ve always dreamed of – these are the memories that stay with you for a lifetime.
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