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Our favourite safari destinations

Here at OROKO, safaris are one of our favourite holiday experiences. There are endless options of where to travel and all destinations are suited to multi-generational families, couples and the solo traveller in search of adventure. We have put together a list of ideal destinations to explore, both as a first timer or a safari veteran. Whether you would enjoy galloping through the floodplains of the Okavango Delta or reliving the scenes of the Jungle Book in India, this list is for you.

Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti name derives from the Maasai word “serengit”, meaning “endless plains”. It is the place in which the second largest annual migration takes place, with over one and a half million wildebeest and half a million zebra crossing over the region. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, it is renowned for an outstanding concentration of predators. This is one of the top destinations to see the elusive leopard, cheetah and a magnificent pride of lions. Embark on a thrilling night drive, where you will have the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals on the night plains including skinks, the bat-eared fox and aardwolf.

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park is renowned for having some of the world’s largest herds of elephants. The park can be divided up into four areas, Serondela, Sauvuti, Linyanti and the Ngwezumba pans. The Savuti Marsh area is famous for its predators, especially lions and hyenas. Around the rivers and woodlands of the Linyanti Marsh, there are large concentrations of lion prides, painted wolves and African leopards. The bird population here is also quite rich. The hot and dry landscape between the marshes is less travelled and is a perfect place to see the eland, a large type of antelope. We recommend taking a river cruise down the beautiful Chobe River to witness the great diversity of wildlife.

Kruger, South Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It has a dedicated reintroduction programme in place for the endangered painted wolf. Famous for their strong social bonds, they are known to share food and assist ill and weak pack members. Kruger’s private reserves, especially Thornybush and Sabi Sands, offer exceptional game viewing opportunities and luxury safari accommodation. Sabi Sands is considered one of the best places to spot the beloved leopard. That said, the entire Kruger region almost guarantees sightings of all members of the big five.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta, known for its vast grass plains that flood seasonally, brings a huge concentration of animals to its doorstep. It supports a large number of animals, both on a seasonal and permanent basis. The Okavango Delta is a perfect place to experience thrilling horse riding safaris, galloping through the wild floodplains and passing by the enormous abundance of wildlife. Along with the endangered painted wolf, it is the optimum location to see the black and white rhinos, Nile crocodile and hippo. For bird lovers, this is probably the best safari location.

Ranthambore National Park, India

Ranthambore National Park is situated in Rajasthan. Famous for its large population of Bengal tigers, it is one of the first parks to be included in Project Tiger, a government-run initiative to conserve and protect this endangered species. There is also a high number of Indian leopard, wild boar and sloth bear. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the park is also considered a heritage site due to the ancient ruins within. On the borders of the national park, you will find some exceptional luxury accommodation including Suján Sher Bagh, luxury tented camps inspired by the safari encampments of the 1920s. Tigers are crepuscular, meaning they operate during twilight, so we recommend visiting before or after sunrise and sunset.

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park is a unique safari destination as there is an abundance of wildlife that congregates around the various watering holes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. Some of the best watering holes in Etosha National Park include the floodlit Okaukuejo and Rietfontein waterhole, a regular hang out for lions. Morning game drives are the best times to see animals on the grasslands including herds of zebra, springbok and impala. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, the endangered black rhino and leopards. A variety of birdlife can also be found within the park including the ostrich and the kori bustard.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Yala National Park is a vast area of grassland, forest and lagoons in the southeast region of Sri Lanka. It is a perfect destination for those wishing to combine a safari experience with their cultural holiday in Sri Lanka. The national park is broken into five blocks, four of which are open to the public. Block one is the most explored, so we recommend visiting blocks three and five, which are less travelled. It is home to the largest concentration of leopards in the world, but also a great place to spot buffalo, elephants, sloth bears and crocodiles. There are many luxury safari camps on the boundaries of the national park that specialise in responsible tourism and provide a true wilderness experience.

Best Times to Travel

Serengeti, Tanzania June to October
Kruger, South Africa May to September
Okavango Delta, Botswana May to September
Ranthambore National Park, India October to March
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka January to March
Chober National Park June to September
Etosha National Park, Namibia May to September

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