Top 5 Wildlife Sanctuaries In Africa

Across the African continent there are many fantastic sanctuaries which a whole host of wildlife call home. Not only do these lands provide breath taking views for game or bird watching, they also act as protection to rare (and in some cases endangered) species.

When selecting where to visit on a safari holiday, there is plenty of choice. Ultimately, this depends on the sorts of things you wish to see; from elephants to ostriches, as well as the surroundings in which to find them which can vary from dry dusty plains to richly green lands full of vegetation. Here are some of our favourite places to visit.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Located in South West Kenya, the Maasai Mara is world famous for its 580 square miles of land where over 95 kinds of mammals and 570 types of bird live. Also renowned for its huge population of lions (the highest density of the animal in the world), the Maasai Mara is also populated with cheetahs, leopards and a host of wildebeest.

From July to October every year, there is the Great Migration where over 2 million wildebeest will cross from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the green pastures of the Maasai Mara – an incredible sight to see.

Meru National Park

Close to Nairobi, this Kenyan Game Park is made up of tall grass and swamps due to regular rainfall. Many elephants, hippopotamus, lions and black rhinos reside here in addition to over 420 recorded varieties of bird.

Meru is a fantastic place to visit to see an abundance of wildlife, but also to experience one of the areas that became famous for homing Elsa the Lioness, the lion cub raised by conservationists Joy and George Anderson. This heart-warming story has been chronicled in the book and film adaptation Born Free. Elsa was buried on site, and Joy’s ashes were scattered here.

Amboseli National Park

With grasslands crossing the Kenya-Tanzania border, this park is a popular choice to get close to free-ranging elephants. A mix of swamp and dry, dusty earth means that Amboseli is home to a large variety of species.

Some of the animals you can expect to see include the spotted hyena, bat eared fox and the zebra. With two water springs funnelled from the ice cap of Kilimanjaro in the centre of the park, you can watch these beautiful creatures take a drink.

Ruaha National Park

This Tanzanian park has a fantastic landscape, blooming with rare plants and an almost completely untouched ecosystem. As well as the variety of mammals including the Greater Kudu (a woodland antelope) which cannot be found in any other national park, there are over 570 types of bird to be seen here, migrating from all over the world.

Because of the varied habitat available, there are also plenty of reptiles and amphibians to be found at Ruaha including crocodiles, snakes and lizards.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Across Africa there are many conservancies which are refuge for endangered animals. The Lewa Conservancy is one of our favourites because not only do they protect the wildlife within its acres, but they also support local community development in order to encourage conservation across the east of the continent.

The landscape that Lewa covers includes mountainous areas, open grassland and river valleys which over 350 bird and 70 mammal species live in. In addition to the animals you would expect on a safari (lions, leopards and rhinos), there are also monkeys, wild dogs, bats and antelope.

This is just a selection of the many sanctuaries that are worth a visit on your safari holiday. Here at Africa Safari Classics we are passionate about providing the best experience for you; our packages include visits to these locations and others, allowing you to see a wide range of wildlife in a safe and stunning environment. Get in touch with us via our booking page to arrange your trip.

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