To see amazing animals and find yourself in breathtaking landscapes, there's not much better than a safari - perfect for solo travellers, couples or families.
The best safari spots in Africa
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Not the safest destination by any means but Rwanda's rainforests, volcanoes and lakes make it impossible to leave off of our list. Trekking and canoeing are incredible, while the 350-strong mountain gorilla population will leave you speechless.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park is home to Africa's tallest elephants, cheetahs, and, of course, an array of big cats. It also offers a massive range of accommodation options.
Zambezi Valley, Zambia
Zambia's national parks are often neglected by tourists in favour of its neighbour Tanzania, but we think that Zambezi Valley is the real definition of wilderness and the horseback safaris are an awesome experience.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The word 'Kruger' has by now become synonymous with safaris and, as one of Africa's oldest and best-maintained parks, it's easy to see why. The easiest spot to see the Big Five, it remains a favourite for all safari-goers.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
This is, without doubt, Africa's most popular safari destination. Home to the 'Big Five' (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros), we'd recommend going between July and October for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest - the stampede makes the ground vibrate!
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe has one of the densest game concentrations in the whole of Africa and is known for its endangered species populations, with wild dogs, cheetahs and brown hyenas. The water safaris are a major highlight!
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Each year, 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra migrate through the Serengeti with over 3,000 lions having made it their home as well. Its sheer siwe is remarkable. Could this be Africa's most magnificent park? We think so!
Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Previously more popular than South Africa and Zimbabwe combined, Mozambique's wildlife has finally recovered following the effect of conflicts. With more than fifty coral islands, the marine life here is unparallelled.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, Uganda
Home to roughly half the world's mountain gorillas, tracking is a highlight of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve, and although guides will ask you to not to stare at the gorillas, it's pretty tough! With volcanoes and waterfalls, the backdrop isn't bad either.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is probably home to the best guides on the continent, not to mention the fact that Hwange has one of the world's largest populations of elephants - so it's definitely worth a visit!