Do It Yourself: A Safari Destination Guide

What You Should Know Before You Go

If you're designing your own african safari, use this shorthand list to plan an ideal itinerary. The site were selected based on the quantity and variety of observable wildlife. Since crowds can spoil any safari, we also emphasize lesser-known areas where tourism may be low but the game-viewing is outstanding.


Chobe National Park
Chobe remains an untouched wilderness where game runs free and the park is not yet overrun with safari tourism. A particularly scenic area, Chobe features very large herds of elephant and sable antelope, plus strong populations of giraffe. Some lion and cheetah follow the antelope herds, and you can expect to see white rhinos, although their numbers are small.

Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta, a 7,000-square-mile inland floodplain, hosts one of the richest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. On the plains, there are large herds of buffalo, kudu, oryx, and sable antelope. In the waters of the delta—which can be visited only by mekoros (dugout canoes)—you'll find crocodiles and countless hippos. Elephants, lions, and leopards are common, but in lesser numbers than in the large game parks of Tanzania.

Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 8 Aug 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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