The romance and the beauty of a wildlife safari in Africa are truly unmistakable. Previously, it was far from being an adventure. People went on safaris for hunting animals. But things have drastically changed with the growing consciousness of conservation. There has been a complete shift in ideas. African wildlife safaris, in this age and day, are about preserving the wilderness and its inhabitants. Speaking of inhabitants in the national parks, there is no use going to destinations that do not offer you a beautiful view of the wild and the brutal. So, what are the animals that you can expect to get closer with on your safari trip to Africa? Let us have a look below:
Fantastic lion sightings come as a guarantee with African safaris but only if you are successful in following the huge migration in Tanzania and Kenya. The conventional jungle king is still a popular animal sought after on African safaris. Lions generally hunt at dusk and dawn. They spend the mid-day relaxing under shady trees. Therefore, it would be better to catch their sight in the later afternoon and early morning. You will find them in the protected regions of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. The Okavango Delta in Botswana also boasts of some excellent sightings of lions.
Your list of animals sighted on an African safari would not be complete without the inclusion of the African elephant. It is an extraordinary and iconic creature capable of some incredible levels of memory, emotions, and intelligence. It will be a remarkable experience for you to sight them in Africa. This favorite animal for a safari-goer can be easily viewed in Botswana and Kenya. The Maasai Mara National Park has gained huge popularity for its elephant population. Every year, there are thousands of visitors coming to this park only to get just one sight of the African elephant.
Dissimilar to the lion that lives in pride, the leopard is a solitary creature. Thus, it might be a bit difficult to spot it during a safari tour. Leopards possess good skills in night hunting. They do not have good stamina, and hence, they work with artfulness and stealth. At the same time, they are retiring and shy during the daytime. You will find them ticked in branches of big trees. Botswana is one destination where you will be able to find leopards in good numbers. Even the Kruger National Park in South Africa is famous for the leopard population there.
Out of the 30, 000 endangered rhinos found across the world, the majority of them lie in the jungles of South Africa. Black rhinos are not easy to spot because they are a bit smaller in comparison to the white ones. Also, it is better to stay away from them because of their bad temper. The Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya boast of a huge rhino population.
There are many more animals that you can see on an African wildlife safari. It is all about the interest that you have in your tour and particularly in sighting the animals.