Africa is a continent blessed with incredible biodiversity, and offers some of the most thrilling and unforgettable wildlife experiences on the planet. From vast savannas to dense rainforests and untamed deserts, the continent is home to a wide array of spectacular animals that make a wildlife holiday truly unforgettable, and provide endless wildlife experiences.
In this blog, we will explore some of Not In The Guidebooks‘ wildlife experiences in five diverse African countries: Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Uganda, and Namibia. Whether you’re a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or a first-time adventurer, these destinations are sure to leave a lasting impression, and hopefully give you some inspiration for your next wildlife adventure.
Kenya: Maasai Mara National Reserve
No African wildlife adventure is complete without a visit to Kenya’s iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve. This vast wilderness is famous for the annual Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate in search of greener pastures. Witnessing this epic migration, often accompanied by dramatic river crossings filled with crocodiles and predators, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Besides the Great Migration, Maasai Mara offers incredible opportunities to spot the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), as well as cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, and numerous bird species.
With Not In The Guidebooks, you could combine a trip to the Maasai Mara with an adrenaline-packed adventure in some of Kenya’s most spectacular landscapes, or choose to relax on the beautiful coastline by the Indian Ocean and reflect on your unforgettable journey through one of Africa’s most compelling travel destinations.
Morocco: Sahara Desert
While Morocco may not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking about African wildlife experiences, the Sahara Desert offers a unique and enchanting encounter with desert-adapted fauna. Embark on a camel trek deep into the golden dunes, and you’ll have a chance to spot dromedaries, desert foxes, and elusive fennec foxes. As the sun sets over the dunes, the desert comes alive with the calls of nocturnal creatures such as sand cats and desert hedgehogs. The Sahara’s vast and awe-inspiring landscapes will surely leave you in awe of the wonders of this arid region.
A Not In The Guidebooks itinerary in Morocco can see you exploring the hectic markets of Marrakech or Fes one day, before you head out into the Sahara on camelback for an unforgettable night under the stars in a traditional Berber camp.
Tanzania: Serengeti National Park
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is synonymous with wildlife-rich plains and diverse ecosystems. Like Kenya’s Maasai Mara, the Serengeti also hosts the Great Migration, offering an exceptional opportunity to witness thrilling predator-prey interactions. Additionally, the Serengeti is home to the Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic caldera that shelters an astonishing concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five. Moreover, the Serengeti’s endless plains provide the perfect backdrop for hot air balloon safaris, providing a unique perspective of the wildlife and landscapes below.
For your opportunity to explore this magnificent part of the African continent, take a look at our Not In The Guidebooks adventure holidays in Tanzania, where you can journey across the Serengeti in style thanks to luxury safari camps that move along with the season, to hopefully guarantee you truly memorable wildlife experiences in Africa.