Springtime is the perfect time of year to go on safari. The weather is just right and the cabin fever from winter has just worn off. Get the summer off to an adventurous start by visiting one of these top safari destinations in the month of May.
South Luangwa National Park
Located in Zambia, this national park is said to be one of the top sanctuaries for wildlife in the world. With the Luangwa River at its center, this park holds one of the greatest wildlife concentration in all of Africa.
Because the park can be difficult to access, the visitor numbers are low, so you won’t have to tackle the crowds. Plus, it’s one of the only parks that does night safaris. While visiting, expect to see crocodiles, hippos, Crawshay zebra, giraffe, buffalo, lions, leopards, impala, and puku.
Etosha National Park
Located in Namibia, this park is known for being bone dry in the winter months. However, once the spring and summer hit, there is plenty of rain to get the animals out and about. As you explore the pan, the savannah, and the grasslands, you may just get a glimpse of an elephant, leopard, the endangered black rhino, and lions.
The more rains that pour in, the more migratory birds you’ll be able to spot as well. This park is quite popular so make sure to book a safari plenty of time in advance.
Chobe National Park
Located in Botswana, this national park has earned fame for its variety of wildlife. This park was actually the first in Botswana, and today, it attracts thousands of visitors each year. While most come to experience a safari, others tend to be elephant enthusiasts, trying to get a peek at Africa’s largest population.
Four of the Big Five animals can be seen here, including buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant. Visitors can also get a look at antelope, and the occasional rhino.
Nyika National Park
Located between Zambia and Malawi, the high plateaus of this park make for some of the best views in Africa. You’ll see rolling hills, wild flowers, valleys, and tropical forests, all within close proximity to one another.
Make sure to see the orchids which pop up all over the park. Trekking and mountain biking are some of the best activities to get into while visiting. And, if you go on safari here, you’ll most likely see antelope, zebra, leopards, warthog, lions, and elephants.
Liwonde National Park
Located in Malawi, this park is known for its big game sightings. Visitors can look out over the lagoon to spot elephants, crocodiles, and hippos who gather around for a nice hearty drink.
While on safari here, visitors can also see antelope, leopard, warthog, kudu, reedbuck, yellow baboon, vervet monkeys, and waterbuck. Sometimes, guests have reported that they’ve seen lions. When you aren’t observing the animals, you can also see dense patches of woodland that are unique to the park.
If you’re thinking of going on safari this spring, why not have a look at the lodges and camps you could stay in? We’re looking forward to helping you plan your perfect safari.