From Algeria to Zimbabwe, Africa has hundreds of national parks. Spectacular landscapes shelter some of the world’s most endangered species making Africa’s national parks more than breathtaking. Here are some of the best parks on the continent.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park covers more than 8,600 square miles and boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. The park is home to hundreds of threatened and endangered species, such as the black rhinoceros. The park comes alive at its many watering holes, where visitors can view many species of animals in their daily routines.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the most popular tourist destination in Southwest Kenya. It homes large cats, rhinos and elephants. The reserve also acts as a main hub of the “Great Migration.” The Great Migration, according to CNN, “involves more than 1 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of gazelles, zebras and other animals, which migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest national park and is flocked to by an average of 90,000 visitors each year. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, Serengeti sprawls 5,700 square miles. It is home to thousands of species of animals and is arguably one of the most famous parks in the world.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Virunga National Park is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is Africa’s oldest national park. It was originally created to protect mountain gorillas. However, today it is home to many different endangered species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwest Uganda and is home to nearly half of the world’s wild gorilla population. This concept alone attracts many tourists each year as the Park offers gorilla tracking. CNN reports “It’s estimated the direct total income from gorilla visits in the Bwindi park is $15 million a year.”
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park is home to over 500 species of birds and more than 100 reptiles. Covering 7,523 square miles, the park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Kruger National Park is very tourist friendly with 21 rest camps, 2 private lodge concessions and 15 private safari lodges. The park also welcomes camping.