If you are an adventure seeker and want to explore the wilderness, then an African wildlife safari is a perfect match for you.
Africa boasts some of the world’s most stunning and diverse wildlife, including an incredible variety of grazing animals, which set the scene for fantastic game viewing of migratory movements and hunting patterns of predators.
Here, we’ll take you on a journey through the grazing animal hotspots in Amboseli National Park, Etosha National Park, the Kruger National Park, the Masai Mara, and the Serengeti. We’ll give you an overview of what you can expect to see, the best time to visit, and some of the predators you might encounter.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The Amboseli National Park is located in southern Kenya, at the border with Tanzania. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which lies just over the border. At Amboseli, you can also witness large groups of grazing animals, including gazelle, impala, zebra, and wildebeest. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October when the wildlife is easily visible, and the views are clear. Don’t miss the chance to see predators such as lion and cheetah on the hunt.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
The vast Etosha National Park is situated in northern Namibia and is home to a massive salt pan. During the rainy season, the pan fills with water, which attracts thousands of flamingos, making it a breathtaking sight. The park offers visitors an opportunity to see large herds of grazing animals, including huge herds of springbok, zebra, wildebeest and oryx. The best time to visit is between May and October when the winter weather is mild, and game-viewing is excellent. Apart from the grazing animals, you will find lion, cheetah, and hyena, as well as large elephant herds and top sightings of the rare black rhino.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Kruger National Park is the most famous national park in South Africa and is enormous – roughly the size of the State of New Jersey in the USA, or Wales in the UK. The park is home to over 500 bird species and a fantastic range of wild animals, including elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo. You can also expect to see vast herds of grazing animals, including a variety of gazelle, zebra, and wildebeest. There are also plenty of browsing animals, such as kudu, impala, and giraffe. The best time to visit is from June to October, during the dry winter season when animals are easily spotted.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly one of the most famous wildlife reserves in Africa. It is located in southern Kenya and shares an unfenced border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The reserve is especially famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate from the Serengeti, between July and October. In addition to grazing animals, you can also spot predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards. The Masai Mara is certainly an all-year-round destination to visit, as game-viewing is excellent throughout the year. Still, if you want to visit during the Migration, we recommend booking well in advance to ensure top locations near the Mara River Crossings.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is the most iconic park in Tanzania and is a World Heritage Site. The park is renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of the Great Migration where over one million wildebeest and zebras migrate in a circular pattern from the southern grazing grounds northwards into Kenya’s Masai Mara. You can also see large groups of grazing animals such as a variety of gazelle and zebra. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October. We recommend combining a visit to the Serengeti with a trip to the nearby Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
Witnessing large groups of grazing animals is an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. The parks listed above are some of the most beautiful destinations to visit for an African Wildlife Safari with plenty of grazing animal hotspots.
The best time to visit varies by park and climate, but in general, the dry season is the best for watching wildlife. Browse our top African wildlife safari packages now to start planning your dream adventure to one of Africa’s exceptional national parks.