Today, safaris are firmly focused on animal conservation and biodiversity preservation. However, there are some overwhelming sights which leave visitors with goosebumps at the incredibility of the wildlife safari. Also, a vast variety of mammals and birds and close encounters with leopards, buffaloes, and gazelles makes the best wildlife safaris in the world.
Here is a list of Best Jungle Safaris in the world
1. Okavango Delta, Botswana
Popularly known as one of the world’s best safari destinations, the Okavango Delta is famed for its sheer diversity of wildlife. Here visitors can explore a glittering oasis dominated by dryness and drought where animals migrate in thousands of numbers making for an unrivaled density of game.
Apart from this, visitors can explore the water aboard the Kubu Queen houseboat from a dugout canoe, before heading to a luxury lodge in the Moremi Game Reserve, such as Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit them is from May to September, during the Dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures.
2. Ongava Park, Namibia
Designated as one of the best safari destinations of Africa, Ongava Park is a place that offers fantastic experiences to its visitors. Here visitors can spot lions, rhinos and elephants, and many other wildlife biodiversities. Also, visitors can enjoy the most exclusive trip, by staying in the three-room Little Ongava Camp. With its elevated perch, it allows visitors to spy on all the reserve’s wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled luxury of its lodges, accompanied with infinity pools and log fires.
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit the park is during the winter months. This is when many of the animals are concentrated at waterholes and the grass is low, allowing for a better viewing experience.
3. Ranthambore Park, India
The home of majestic Tigers, Ranthambore National Park in the Indian state of Rajasthan is one of the fantastic safari spots in India. Here visitors can have a true luxury stay at Sher Bagh Hotel, set right on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park or you can also choose the neighboring Aman-i-Khas. But visitors have to use the private jeep to make a trip to the park with guides who can sniff out a tiger from miles away.
Best time to visit: The best months to visit the Ranthambore are from October to April as the chances to spot tigers are high. Summers are hot but exciting to explore. Monsoon is prohibited as the sanctuary remains closed.
4. Kruger, South Africa
With some of the world’s best luxury safari lodges, Kruger National Park is the largest national park of the country where the Big Five are all on show alongside plenty of other mammals and birdlife. Here visitors can have a stay at the Lion Sands Reserve and enjoy a night perched under the stars.
Best time to visit: May to September is the best time to visit.
5. Yala Park, Sri Lanka
Also known as Ruhunu National Park, Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. It is home to a large number of wildlife species such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species which can be easily explored by visitors. For a distinctive stay, visitors can opt for Chena Huts on the fringes of the Yala park, that offers the luxury pavilions complete with their own pools and majestic views of the parkland including the sea turtle.
Best time to visit Yala National Park: It’s best to visit Yala from February to June. With the water levels lower, it’s easier to spot animals coming out to the lagoons to drink. The park normally closes each year for the month of September for maintenance.
6. Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. The main attraction in the park includes woodland, swamps, low mountains, and savannah. It also encompasses the varied terrain shelters wildlife such as zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. Also, in the southern part of the park, is the vast Lake Ihema which is home to hippos and crocodiles. Visitors can have a stay at the open Bisate Lodge, a luxury dwelling in the eroded crater of a volcano.
7. Canoe Safari, Zambia
Canoeing down the Zambezi is a truly unique experience with various adventurous activities including exploring two national parks with overnight accommodation in old-school pitched tents, covering roughly 24 km a day on the water with your own guide and as well as canoeing over gorges and rapids. It is worth mentioning that visitors have to keep their eyes peeled for game lurking in the bushes. Otherwise, visitors can also opt for a normal land safari with a one-day canoe excursion.
Best time to visit: Canoe safaris in Lower Zambezi National Park are great from June to October.
8. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Ahead of the anticipated decline of Mugabe’s influence, Hwange National Park is now experiencing some of the country’s best guides on home turf and safari lodges. Visitors can enjoy the fantastic Linkwasha Camp that lies in its own private section of Hwange National Park and offers vast plains and game viewing to travelers. Tourists can also enjoy a luxurious stay at the revamped Victoria Falls Hotel.
Best Time to visit: You can visit between July to October for the best experiences.
9. Patagonia, South America
Far away from the crowd and subvert the traditional safari connotations, Patagonian adventure encompasses everything ranging from mountainous peaks, enchanted woodlands, and mirrored lakes. Here Visitors can explore the ever-elusive puma, as well as an abundance of native birds, flora, and fauna, then they can head to the coast for orcas, elephant seals, and penguins, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, kayaking and many more.
10. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Spread across the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is enriched with the highest density of tigers in India. Ranging from thick forests to tall grasslands, Bandhavgarh National Park is a perfect destination for the habitation of a great variety of animals and birds. Also, Bandhavgarh is designated to be the first place in India where the majestic white tigers were found.
Best time to visit: For best experiences visit Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve from October to June months.
11. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Encompassing an area of 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is the number one safari destination in South Africa. Here visitors can enjoy the game and wildlife watching with fantastic sights around every turn. With an array of animals, particularly the safari ‘Big 5’, it is also one of the best locations in the world to catch a sight of the normally-elusive leopard.
Best time to visit: The dry season/winter months of May to September is the best time to visit the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
12. Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
The Masai Mara is one of the most spectacular and beautiful locations on Earth where visitors can have the majestic views of the Golden sunsets, bathe the quintessential-African landscape of rolling savanna grasslands. It is worth mentioning that the Masai Mara reserve welcomes the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration every year with millions of animals flocking the area from July onwards resulting in the most abundant concentration of wildlife anywhere in Africa. Visitors can also explore hyena, cheetah, baboons, crocodiles, hippo, gazelle, zebra, impala and most of the Big 5 animals in an extended stay.
Best time to visit: The best wildlife viewing months are during the Dry season from late June to October.
13. The Pantanal, Brazil
Covering an area of about 195,000 square kilometers, THE PANTANAL rivals the Amazon as a wildlife destination. Here visitors can explore big cats such as jaguar and ocelots, quirky mammals like the tapir, 650 species of colorful birds including toucans and hyacinth macaws and much more. Visitors can also explore the Pantanal on walking and horseback safaris, on canoe trips or on the nocturnal spotlight.
Best time to visit: It’s best to go during the dry season (May to September) as the wildlife concentrates around the reduced water.
14. Northern Territory’s Bamurru Plains
Australia has plenty of wildlife experiences to discover, ranging from the Up in the Top End and exploring the floodplains to dwindling forests and savannah visitors can have face to face interaction with animals such as buffaloes, Brumbies. Also, visitors can head to the Mary River area adjoining Kakadu National Park for one of the world’s largest populations of saltwater crocodiles as well as huge flocks of migrating magpie geese.
Furthermore, with just 10 luxury tents, Bamurru Plains is an off-the-grid experience and visitors explore river cruises, guided walks, open-top game drives, and even quad bikes.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between April and October.
15. Nairobi National Park, Kenya
Located seven kilometers from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi National Park is a unique destination famed for an array of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, black rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, hippos, zebras, giraffes, gazelles and more.
The Nairobi National Park encompasses over 400 species of birds. The main attraction, here is the endangered black rhinoceros. Visitors can also explore cute hippo babies and baby elephants along with other animals. Also, Nairobi National Park is a part of the historic wildebeest and zebra migration.