Even though visiting a zoo is quite convenient, animals are captives in our concrete jungle. Watching them in their real home is the real deal. The same animals that are slaves in a zoo are kings in a jungle. Seeing these glorious creatures right in front of your eyes can be one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you may ever come across. Which is why we have come up with a list of the best jungle safaris in the world for you?
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Located in north-eastern South Africa, the Kruger National Park is arguably one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. It also has the distinction of being home to the Big Five game, the Little Five game, the Birding Big Six game, and the endangered African Wild Dog! Though the best time to spot wildlife is early morning or late afternoon, you may come across nocturnal species on guided night drives.
Thanks to its humongous size, it homes various ecosystems including woodland, thornveld, and savannah. This variety makes this a perfect home ground for numerous flora and fauna. Kruger Park is home to 147 mammal species and at least 507 bird species. Also, distinctively African tress like the Acacia, Yellowwood, and Marula can be seen here.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
A vast inland river delta, Okavango Delta is located in northern Botswana. Unlike most river deltas, instead of leading to an ocean, the Okavango River empties on to open land. It is known for its expansive grassy plains. Seasonal flooding occurs during Botswana’s dry winter and attracts animals from the nearby regions. At this, time the Okavango Delta becomes one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.
Across all seasons, the delta is home to 160 species of mammals, 530 bird species, 155 reptile species, 155 reptile species, and 1500 plant species. The African Elephant, Lechwe, Nile Crocodile, impala, wildebeest are some of the many animals that can be found here.
Ranthambore National Park, India
Situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, is one of India’s largest wildlife reserves. It is named after Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that lies within the National park.
A large variety of animals like Leopard, Jungle cat, Sloth Bear, spotted deer (chital), Sambhar deer, hyena, crocodile, and mongoose reside here. Also, it is considered to be one of the best places in India to spot tigers! October to April is the best time to visit because of the high likeliness of spotting tigers. The sanctuary is kept closed in the monsoons. It is also blessed with about 300 species of birds and an estimated 300 plant species.
Renowned for its abundant wildlife and biodiversity, the Serengeti National park is located in northern Tanzania. It also boasts of being home to the Big Five game.
It has the largest population of Lions in Africa, thanks to the high availability of prey species. The stand-out attraction of this national park is walloping annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras.
It is also home to approximately 500 species of birds like crowned cranes, flamingos, eagles, storks, and vultures. It is also famous for its numerous Nile Crocodiles and honey badgers.
Yala Park, Sri Lanka
The most visited park in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park has a diverse ecosystem including monsoon forests, monsoon forests, semi-deciduous forests, grasslands, sandy beaches, marine wetlands, thorn forests, and marshes.
It is home to 44 mammal species, 215 bird species, and 47 reptile species. The park boasts of the highest leopard densities in the world. The Sri Lankan leopard, also known as the Ceylon leopard, is endemic to Sri Lanka.
The other safari destinations that deserve a mention in this list are the Ongava Park (Namibia), Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe), Patagonia (South America), Masai Mara (Kenya), Nairobi National Park (Kenya), Bandhavgarh National Park (India) and Akagera National Park(Rwanda).
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