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Experience an African safari at least once in your life

There is nothing quite like heading out into the African bush, visiting the many and varied wildlife on offer.  If you are planning on visiting the Big Five, several African countries offer you the best experience possible. In case you donít know, the Big Five consists of African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White or Black rhinoceros, a fascinating group of animals if ever there was one.
On safari
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When choosing a location, Signature Safaris offers some of the best trips on offer, giving anyone the change to live at one with nature and experience the wide open spaces of Africa, while staying in luxury and comfort.

Letís have a brief look at jsut a few of the best locations in Africa for an adventure safari, alphabetically and in no particular order of preference, as each country has its own unique experiences to offer.

Botswana

Botswana offers a varied safari experience where visitors can experience a combination of desert, savannah, saltpan and wetland areas.  Around 80 percent of the country is taken up by the Kalahari Desert which offers a stark and beautiful experience.

Chobe National Park is a must-see, offering the largest population of elephants anywhere in the world along with lions, hyena, jackals, cheetah and even wild dogs.

Okavango river
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The Okavango Delta is a place to experience the very best in African sunsets. Part of the Kalahari Basin and in the south of the Great Rift Valley, the Delta is a patchwork of lagoons, clear streams, forested islands and floodplains. The dry winter season is the best to visit this fascinating area when the wildlife flock here to enjoy the water and a huge number of different species are waiting to be seen and photographed.

Malawi

Justifiably known as the ďWarm Heart of Africa,Ē not only for the weather but for its friendly people, Malawi offers an excellent safari experience. Africaís smallest country, Malawi is situated on the Great Rift Valley and is dominated by Lake Malawi, a beautiful expanse of water with golden sandy beaches. The Lake Malawi National Park is a World Heritage Site for the protection of its many freshwater fish.

Lake Malawi
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While not a safari experience as such, itís worth visiting Likoma Island while on the lake where you can visit the third largest cathedral in Africa, St Peterís Cathedral Ė a rather surreal experience in the middle of the African bush and waters of the lake. Visiting the island also offers a cultural experience where you can meet the fishermen who make their living on Lake Malawi.

The country also offers excellent wildlife parks including Majete Wildlife Reserve, a relatively unspoiled and tourist-free experience which gives the feeling of an expedition into the wild African bush, rather than the usual safari experience.  This park offers the Big Five along with several other fascinating species. 

Tanzania

Tanzania has several National Parks on offer, along with beautiful sandy beaches, lined with palm trees. However, what the country is possibly most famous for is the amazing Serengeti.  These vast and open plains are home to a huge number of animals including wildebeest and zebra. However this is where the well-known and incredibly spectacular Great Migration happens each year.

Great Migration, Tanzania
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Imagine watching around 300,000 zebra along with  1.5 million wildebeest and other antelope, along with their young, joining up to head off of their long trek from the Serengeti Plains up to the northern Masai Mara National Reserve, a journey of around 1,800 miles, in search of life-giving food and water. 

While it is a fascinating sight to watch, it is grueling for the animals themselves and it is estimated that around 250,000 wildebeest donít make it to their destination, especially as several predators tend to join the migration, including hyenas, leopards, lions and wild dogs, hoping to pick off a weak animal for dinner.

This is just a brief introduction into all that is on offer on this vast and beautiful continent. Try a safari this year, camera in hand, and you will not regret it.

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