From Algeria to Zimbabwe, Africa has magnificent landscapes which are homes to some of the world’s most endangered species. In order to protect some of these amazing creatures, hundreds of national parks have been created. Here are some of the most breathtaking national parks in Africa.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. The park covers more than 8,600 square miles and is home to many threatened and endangered species, such as the black rhino. Visitors get an inside look at the life of the park’s many animals at the multiple watering holes. Rhinos, elephants, big cats, giraffes and more all gather around local water sources to quench their daily thirst. The interaction and comfortability of each animal is spectacular to see.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Home to large cats, rhinos, elephants, and many more, Maasai Mara National reserve is the most popular tourist destination in southwest Kenya. Maasai Mara acts as a main point 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.” Therefore, this park a great spot for all animal lovers.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Seregenti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest national park and is arguably one of the most famous parks in the world. An average of 90,000 people visit the sprawling 5,700 square mile park each year. It is home to thousands of species of animals and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park, as it was created in 1925 primarily to protect the mountain gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Mountains. However, today that protection has expanded to many different animals, including several endangered species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Nearly half of the world’s wild gorilla population lives on the grounds of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Due to the high population of gorillas, thousands of tourist flock to the park each year in order to partake in the park’s 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 covers 7,523 square miles and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Kruger National Park is home to over 500 species of birds and more than 100 reptiles but is very welcoming for overnight human guests. The park has 21 rest camps, 2 private lodge concessions and 15 private safari lodges as well as allows camping.